Mariah Carey's record deal rebound includes personal label

Mariah Carey, who received a $28 million buyout after delivering one flop album for Virgin Records, has signed a new deal with Island/Def Jam that includes her own label, it was announced Wednesday. The multiplatinum star has been without a label since January, when EMI, Virgin's parent company, dropped her contract after her only disc for the label, "Glitter", was a poor seller.
Since the split, several companies were reportedly bidding to sign the Grammy-winning singer, one of the most successful artists of all time, with hits such as "Vision of Love", "Hero", "Fantasy" and "Emotions". "Despite offers from many of our competitors, we are delighted that Mariah has chosen Island as the place to begin the next phase of her unprecedented career," said Lyor Cohen, president and CEO of Island/Def Jam.
The company is home to stars such as Jay-Z, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Ja Rule and Ashanti. It is part of Universal Music Group, which is owned by the conglomerate Vivendi Universal. Carey has already begun recording her new disc, said Jerry Blair, a former executive at Columbia Records who has worked with Carey since the inception of her career. "The record she's working on is going to be a real wide-appeal record," Blair told The Associated Press. "There's no artist who is as successful a global artist. There is no artist that has as wide range of commercial appeal."
Blair declined to put a financial figure on the new deal. Carey's spokeswoman said the singer would not be available to comment. Carey, 32, was an immediate commercial success when she made her self-titled debut for Columbia Records in 1990. The album went multiplatinum, as did all her other albums on the label, a division of Sony. However, Carey became disenchanted with Sony after her divorce from Sony Music President Tommy Mottola, who had guided her career as president of Columbia.
She left Columbia last year and signed with Virgin in a much-hyped multialbum deal reported to be worth as much as $100 million. Her first disc, "Glitter", was to be the soundtrack of her film project of the same name, her first starring role. However, her career took a disastrous turn: After displaying erratic behavior in public, Carey was hospitalized for an emotional breakdown in August. She dropped out of the public eye, and both her disc and the movie were commercial failures.
In January, EMI, Virgin's parent company, paid $28 million to void her contract. Since she had received $21 million when she was signed, Carey got $49 million for delivering one album. Blair said Carey was in good spirits and "doing just incredibly well". He said she was not concerned that her recent troubles would hurt her career. She has a new film with Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino, titled "Wise Girls". The film debuted at the Sundance film festival, and will be shown in the fall on HBO, Blair said.
He said Carey's new label, as yet unnamed, would focus on her, but would eventually include other artists. Carey has also created a media company to handle publishing, film production and other projects. "Setting up this company for her is really guaranteeing her legacy," Blair said.

(The Nando Times)

Thursday 9 May 2002
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New look (46,858) by Luis from Spain

Is it just me or Mariah has radically changed her look? She seems to dress "her age" (okay, inverted commas because this is a cliché) but, now, really, she seems to have quitted dresses and extravagant clothing and now she looks fantastic.
(Friday 19 September 2014; 23:31)
Ariana Grande (46,857) by Otti from Belgium

If you take a look (listen) to Mariah Carey her catalogue, from her very begin until now, you can tell that Mariah is a true talent, her written and singing ability where beyond her age. Ariana Grande on the other hand is just an imitator of Mariah, and she does it well, without no soul, realness or rawness. Her style is just like Mariah was in the... read more
(Friday 19 September 2014; 23:30)
Lee / Travon (46,856) by Abraham from USA

I for one think it's ridiculous comparing Ariana to Mariah. Ariana's voice is nothing special. She may sing better than other female artists as of now, but even on her best day, will never touch Mariah. Especially in her prime. Mariah has a beautiful one of a kind voice. And even if some say it isn't what it used to be, I don't care. She still soun... read more
(Friday 19 September 2014; 22:54)
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