“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” her magnum opus, finally reached No. 1 in 2019, 25 years after its initial release, and the Christmas classic continues to climb the charts and set records year after year.
What is Mariah Carey’s net worth?
Mariah Carey is a $340 million-dollar-wealthy American singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and actress. Mariah Carey is one of the world’s top 15 best-selling musical artists. She has sold over 200 million albums worldwide to date. Mariah Carey is the second best-selling female artist of all time, trailing only Madonna. She has more #1 songs on the US charts than any other female writer/producer in history. She has five Grammys, ten American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards as of this writing.
After battling to get anyone to listen to the demo she recorded while working multiple jobs in New York throughout the 1980s, she finally caught the attention of Brenda K. Starr, who introduced her to the “right” people. Mariah Carey gave her demo to Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola during a party at the urging of Ms. Starr. He spent two weeks looking for her and immediately signed her.
Throughout the 1990s, she dominated the charts, with her debut album remaining at number one for eleven weeks. Her second album, which was rushed through production and released a year later, was less successful, though a recording of her “MTV Unplugged” appearance went triple-Platinum.
Then things began to fall apart. Her next two albums, while commercially successful, were not the pop powerhouses of her early career. She desired more creative freedom. The label refused to give it to her. They became less eager to promote her work, and sales began to fall. As her relationship with Columbia deteriorated, so did her marriage to her husband, and she divorced both in the early 2000s.
Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, New York on March 27, 1970. She is of African, Afro-Venezuelan, and Irish ancestry. When her father’s father moved to New York, he changed his surname from Nunez to Carey. Her mother used to be an opera singer and vocal coach. Mariah’s parents divorced when she was three years old.
Mariah began writing poems and early songs while attending Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York. She has always been interested in the arts, particularly music. In 1987, she graduated from high school. Mariah met Gavin Christopher and Ben Margulies at Harborfields and soon began writing full songs with lyrics and music with them.
On June 12, 1990, Mariah’s self-titled debut album was released. Columbia reportedly spent $1 million on record promotion. Sales were slow at first, but the album eventually went 9X platinum in the United States alone, selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, and she was nominated for two Grammys: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Mariah’s next album, 1991’s “Emotions,” was also a huge success, but it was her third album, 1993’s “Music Box,” that catapulted her career to new heights. Music Box remained on the Billboard chart for 128 weeks and eventually sold an astounding 28 million copies worldwide. It is one of the most successful albums of all time.
Mariah married music manager/producer Tommy Mottola in 1993. In 1998, they divorced. From 2008 to 2016, she was married to actor Nick Cannon. They share two children, twins – a boy and a girl – born in April 2011. She was engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer for a short time in 2016 and dated singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001.