The American pop/R&B songwriter-singer, actress and record producer Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York on March 27, 1969 or 1970 (sources vary). In 1990, Carey had her recording debut under the leadership of Tommy Mottola, Columbia Records executive. Carey was the first artist to have the first five of her singles top Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. In 1993, she married Mottola and several hit records followed.
In 1997, Mariah Carey separated from Mottola and started to introduce hip hop elements into her work. In 2001, she left Columbia with her popularity on the decline. She signed with Virgin Records but was dropped by the label the next year following a highly publicized emotional and physical breakdown and poor reception for her soundtrack and film project Glitter. Carey signed a deal with Island Records in 2002. The Emancipation of Mimi, her 2005 album, helped revived Carey’s popularity.
In her two decade career, Mariah Carey has sold over 200 million worldwide videos, singles and albums. She is one of the best selling musical artists in the world. According to the RIAA, Carey is the third top selling female artist. Carey in 2008 earned her 18th number one hit single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, which is the most from any solo artist. Mariah Carey has earned a total of five Grammy Awards. She is also well know for her vocal range, which spans five octaves.