Mariah Carey Honors New York’s Essential Heroes During Robin Hood & iHeart Radio’s ‘Heroes of New York’ Event

Mariah Carey is celebrating the true heroes of 2020 the best way she knows how…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning chanteuse appeared during Robin Hood and iHeart Radio‘s Heroes of New York event on Tuesday night (December 1) to perform a special medley of her chart-topper “Hero,” “Joy to the World” and David Bowie‘s “Heroes.”

Mariah Carey

“Seven months ago, New York had its back against the wall. Our neighbors needed help, and Robin Hood reached out to us for our support. New Yorkers answered the call and stepped up,” Carey said in her introduction, before dedicating her number to “the thousands of heroes in New York who did their part to help put our city back on the road to full recovery.”

From there, Carey launched into the hook of Bowie’s classic 1977 single before seamlessly transitioning into her own, similarly named, smash released 17 years later during her Music Box era.

“No nothing could tear us away/ We could be heroes just for one day/ We could be heroes just for one day/ And then a hero comes along/ With the strength to carry on/ And you cast your fears aside/ And you know you/ So when you feel like hope is gone/ Look inside you and be strong/ And you’ll finally see the truth That a hero lies in, a hero lies in you/ That a hero lies in you,” Carey sang from her home studio.

Finally, the star closed out the medley with a passionate, melisma-filled take on “Joy to the World” while backed by a virtual choir.

 

The one-hour special also featured appearances by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Andy Cohen, Jon Stewart, Kelly Ripa and more, with a special performance of “Smile” by Tony Bennett.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Tops the First Billboard Holiday 100 of the Christmas Season

Mariah Carey has reclaimed her Christmas crown…

Billboard’s Holiday 100 has returned to the charts menu, ranking the top seasonal songs of all eras, with the 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress ruling the roost.

Mariah Carey

Claiming its familiar perch atop the Holiday 100, Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” rules the ranking for a 41st week of the chart’s 46 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 26 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

The Holiday 100 uses the same formula as the Billboard Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay and sales data.

The only other Holiday 100 No. 1s to date: Justin Bieber‘s “Mistletoe,” for a week in the 2011-12 holiday season; Pentatonix‘s “Little Drummer Boy” (one, 2013-14) and “Mary, Did You Know?” (two, 2014-15); and Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me” (one, 2014-15).

Carey’s 1994 carol crowns two of the three Holiday 100 component charts (with all tallies dated December 5): Holiday Airplay (21.5 million audience impressions, up 37%, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data) and Holiday Streaming Songs (17.6 million U.S. streams, up 51%). On Holiday Digital Song Sales, it ranks at No. 4 (4,000 sold, up 26%).

Rounding out the Holiday 100’s top five is a quartet of multi-generational favorites: Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” at No. 2, as it tops Digital Song Sales for the first time (7,000 sold); Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 3); Andy Williams‘ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (No. 4); and Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” (No. 5).

AppleTV+ Releases First Trailer for “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special”

Mariah Carey is bringing the Magic this holiday season…

AppleTV+ has release the trailer and key art for the half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer’s Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, which will start streaming on December 4.

Mariah Carey

The show will feature Carey, the unofficial Queen of Christmas, with Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, as well as Carey’s 9-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.

The special finds the world faced with a holiday cheer crisis, which the North Pole knows only one person can solve: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dancing and animation, the show finds Carey saving the day.

The soundtrack single and new music video for “Oh Santa!,” co-written by and featuring Carey performing with Grande and Hudson, will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms December 4.

The companion soundtrack to the special will include Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri as additional musical guests, in addition to a new version of “Sleigh Ride.” The soundtrack will be available exclusively on Apple Music on December 4, and all other platforms December 11.

The Apple TV+ subscription service is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony, and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and at tv.apple.com.

Carey is the bestselling female artist of all time, with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (18 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. She recently published her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Christina Aguilera’s Randi Rahm Archive 2007 Pre-Grammy Party Dress Among Gowns Headed to Auction

Here’s your chance to own a little bit of Christina Aguilera fashion history…

Property from the Randi Rahm Archive, an exclusive collection of iconic couture gowns worn by Hollywood‘s elite, including the 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer, will be up for auction next month.

Christina Aguilera

Julien’s Auctions has announced that the Rahm signature styles that have graced the covers of magazines and waltzed down red carpets will be available for bidding December 2-3, both live from Beverly Hills and online.

The top items featured in the auction include Aguilera’s black satin crepe gown from the 2007 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Awards party (estimated $2,000 to $4,000), Beyoncé‘s nude fringe embellished dress she wore to first lady Michelle Obama‘s 50th birthday bash in 2014 (estimated $3,000 to $5,000), and Mariah Carey‘s orchid and gray twisted halter silk dress from her 2005 “We Belong Together” music video.

Christina Aguilera

Three more items from Beyoncé’s wardrobe, Carrie Underwood‘s one-shoulder purple satin silk gown from her 2010 CMA Awards performance (estimated $2,000 to $4,000), Katy Perry‘s tie-dye aqua-blue cocktail dress from her 2012 “Katy Perry: Part of Me” Tokyo meet-and-greet (estimated $2,000 to $4,000) and more are also included in Rahm’s collection.

The collection will be available to both bidders and collectors, who must register either in-person at the exhibition or online before the sale here.

The public exhibition at Julien’s Auction is free to the public and open until November 27 (closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26) at 257 N. Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The auction will take place from Wednesday, December 2, to Thursday, December 3. Interested parties can place their bids in person, online and on their iPhone app, over the phone with an auction house representative, or in advance via absentee bid. Absentee bid forms are available by calling Julien’s Auctions, checking their website and seeing the back of each catalog.

Mariah Carey’s New Holiday Program “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” to Premiere on AppleTV+ in Early December

Mariah Carey will be celebrating Christmas in a special way this year.

AppleTV+ has revealed the premiere date, special guests and musical appearances for the 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress and unofficial Queen of Christmas’ holiday special.

Mariah Carey

Hitting the Apple streaming platform on Friday, December 4, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will spread holiday cheer with an all-star lineup of guests including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris.

While the special touts an impressive list of pop culture figures, the holiday show wouldn’t be complete with equally impressive musical guests.

Set to join the singer are also Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform alongside Carey for their holiday number “Oh Santa!” The song and music video will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms on the special’s premiere date. Carey had previously teased the special collaboration on social media, sharing a shot of three directors chairs with her, Grande and Hudson’s initials printed on them.

Accompanying the AppleTV+ holiday special will be the Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special soundtrack full of new versions of holiday classics. Snoop Dogg, Jermain Dupri will also appear on the soundtrack available exclusively on Apple Music on December 4, and all other platforms on December 11.

Following the premiere of Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, AppleTV+ will release an exclusive interview between Zane Lowe and Carey. In the conversation, Carey will share her favorite holiday songs, talk new music and her memoire and more.

Hamish Hamilton and Roman Coppola direct, and also serve as executive producers for the Caroline Fox-written special.

 

Christina Aguilera Signs with Roc Nation Management

Christina Aguilera is solid as a Roc…

The 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer has signed with Roc Nation management.

Christina Aguilera

Rumors of the switch sparked when fans noticed the singer’s name and bio on the Roc Nation management roster. Aguilera joins Alicia KeysDJ KhaledMariah CareyMegan Thee StallionMeek MillRihanna and more at the Jay-Z-founded agency.

Aguilera was previously managed by industry executive Irving Azoff, with whom she signed in 2000 after filing a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against her previous manager Steve Kurtz.

The pop singer’s most recent album, Liberation, debuted (and peaked) at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2018. It was her seventh top 10 on the chart.

Accelerate,” which features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, became her 10th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Streams of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” Surge in the First Days of November

Mariah Carey is ushering in the holiday season in a big way…

According to the 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer, known as the Queen of Christmas, the holiday season officially began on November 1.

Mariah Carey

So, it comes as little surprise to see her enduring holiday song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” surge in streams on November 1-2.

In a quick video that she tweeted, Carey pronounced, “It’s time” for the holidays, with a clip of the carol serving as a soundtrack.

The song garnered 1.14 million on-demand streams in the U.S. on November 1 and 2 — up 160% compared to the 715,000 clicks it collected on October 30 and 31, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” nabbed 370,000 streams on October 30, and then 345,000 on October 31. On November 1, it blasted to 940,000, and then on November 2 it claimed 917,000 streams.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” was released in 1994 as part of Carey’s first holiday album, Merry Christmas. The track eventually hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2019 (becoming her 19th leader, the most among soloists).

 

Mariah Carey Releases “Save The Day” Lyric Video in Support of Non-Profit Black Media Organization PushBlack

Mariah Carey is encouraging you to ‘save the day’…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songbird has released a lyric video for “Save The Day” in support of the non-profit Black media organization PushBlack, inspiring the Lambily to get out there and vote in the November 3 election.

Mariah Carey

“Our country is at a critical moment in history. In recording ‘Save The Day,’ I felt compelled to do what I could and use my platform to encourage us all to take action,” Carey wrote in a message to fans.

The elegant animated clip mixes sketched images of Carey with hand-drawn tributes to Breonna Taylor, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Raquel Willis, first responders, youth activists and the late civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis.

Carey said she chose to spotlight PushBlack’s efforts to “educate and inspire Black people to build personal power and create lasting economic and political change for our communities.”

The singer ended her post by urging her fans to get out, get involved and get to the polls.

“Whether you’re fighting for your community at the polls or protesting on the frontlines, I hope this video will serve as an inspiring message for you to keep doing what’s in your power to save the day, every day,” she said, adding a #GetOutToVote tag.

Mariah Carey Teases New Holiday Collaboration

Mariah Carey is whippin’ up a new holiday treat…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer, known as the “Queen of Christmas,” is teasing fans with a holiday gift,

Mariah Carey

Carey took to social media and shared a photo of three director’s chairs on the set of a project, with a Christmas tree emoji as the caption. The chairs feature the letters “MC,” “AG” and “JH,” and while MC are obviously Carey’s initials, fans are buzzing over who the other two collaborators could be.

The most prominent fan theory seems to be Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, while some are also suggesting that “JH” might be J-Hope from BTS. Carey has yet to officially confirm her two collaborators.

Mariah Carey

If the guesses are correct, this would hardly be Grande’s first dip into the Christmas pool. The star has released two holiday collections, 2013’s Christmas Kisses and 2015’s Christmas & Chill, plus her 2014 track “Santa Tell Me.”

In 2009, Hudson hosted a holiday special, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, in which she headed back to her hometown of Chicago, joined by Michael Bublé, for Christmas memories and music.

Carey scored her 19th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year with her 25-year-old insta-classic holiday song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Mariah Carey Reveals Secret ’90s Alt-Rock Album

Mariah Carey has exposed her inner rocker persona…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress revealed in an excerpt from her recently release memoir that she secretly made an alternative rock album during the sessions for her 1995 LP Daydream.

Mariah Carey

“Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream,” Carey tweeted Sunday. “Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”

In The Meaning of Mariah Carey excerpt the singer posted, she wrote of the secret LP, “I’d bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw, and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs. I would fully commit to my character.”

She continued, “I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. You know the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, angsty, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows, while every movie I made was so calculated and manicured. I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery — but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night.”

The excerpt also features a 40-second snippet of music as well as the artwork for Chick’s Someone’s Ugly Daughter, an actual album released in 1995 on 550 Music, which operated under the Sony/Columbia umbrella (Carey’s label at the time).

“S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer,” Carey tweeted.

While Carey is uncredited on the Chick album, the Someone’s Ugly Daughter liner notes, according to AllMusic, list Jay Healy and Dana Jon Chapelle as the album’s engineers; Healy is a frequent Carey collaborator, serving as engineer on both Daydream (which Carey recorded at the same time) and its 1997 follow-up Fantasy.

Following the one album, Chick never released any further music, although the band did shoot some Carey-less music videos.