Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1990, she became known after the release of her first single "’Vision of Love"’, taken from her eponymous debut album. Mariah Carey produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbia’s highest selling act. Carey and Boyz II Men spent a record sixteen weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "’One Sweet Day"’, which remains the longest-running number-one procedure song contested divorce york procedure in US contested chart history. divorce Following york a contemptuous divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly (1997). In 1998, she was honored as the world’s best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards and subsequently named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.
Carey parted with Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records America. In the weeks prior to the release of her film Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack in 2001, she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. The project was poorly received and led to a general decline in the singer’s career. Carey’s recording contract was bought out for $50 million by Virgin and she signed a multi-million dollar deal with Island Records the following year. After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The album became the best-selling album in the US and the second best-seller worldwide in 2005 and produced "’We Belong Together"’, which became her most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named "’Song of the Decade"’ by Billboard. Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received supporting role in Precious (2009), and was awarded the "’Breakthrough Performance Award"’ at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. According to the RIAA, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 ’million certified albums. With the release of "’Touch My Body"’ (2008), Carey gained her 18th number-one single in the United States, more than any procedure other contested solo divorce artist. york In 2012, the singer was ranked second on VH1’s list of the "’100 Greatest Women in Music"’. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards and has been consistently credited with inspiring a generation of singers. Referred to as the "’songbird supreme"’ by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.
Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York. Her father, Alfred Roy Carey, was of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mother, Patricia (né’e Hickey), is of Irish descent. The last name Carey was adopted by her Venezuelan grandfather, Francisco Nú’ñ’ez, after immigrating to New York. Patricia was an occasional opera singer and vocal coach before she met Alfred in 1960. As he began earning a living as an aeronautical engineer, the couple wed later that year, and moved into a small suburb in New York. After their elopement, Patricia’s family disowned her due procedure contested divorce new york to her marrying a black man. Carey later explained that growing up, she felt a notion of neglect from her maternal family, a mark that affected her greatly. During the years between the births of Carey’s older sister Alison and herself, the Carey family struggled within the community due to their ethnicity. Carey’s name was derived from the song "’They Call the Wind Maria"’, originally from the 1951 Broadway musical Paint Your Wagon. When Carey was three, her parents divorced.
After their separation, Alison moved in with her father, while the other two children, Mariah and brother Morgan, remained with their mother. Carey would grow apart from her father, and would later stop seeing him altogether.