Magazine article Variety

Carey's Silver Anniversary of Hits

Magazine article Variety

Carey's Silver Anniversary of Hits

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June 1990 - Carey rockets to overnight success after the debut of her LP, "Mariah Carey." The eponymous recording goes on to top the Billboard 200 album chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The album also produces four No. 1 singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry."

February 1991 - Carey takes home best new artist and best pop vocal performance for "Vision of Love" at the 33rd Grammy Awards.

September 1991 - Her second album, "Emotions," opens to a weaker response than her first. However, the title track supplied Carey with her fifth consecutive chart-topper.

June 1992 - The vocalist releases an "MTV Unplugged EP" and continues to rack up No. 1s with a cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There."

August 1993 - In her third studio effort, "Music Box," Carey gains further record sales momentum with the singles "Dreamlover" and "Hero," seizing the top spots on Billboard's charts. Following the album, Carey headlines her first national tour.

November 1994 - Carey's "Merry Christmas" hits stores with the seasonal hit "All I Want for Christmas." The consistent holiday classic continues to cheer up $50 million in royalties nearly 20 years after its release in 20

September 1995" " is released as the lead single for her fifth studio album, "Daydream," becoming the second song in Billboard history - and the first by a female - to debut atop the Hot 100, holding the No. 1 position for eight consecutive weeks.

December 1995 - Carey's collaboration with Boys II Men, "One Sweet Day," begins its 16-week run atop the Hot 100 chart and reigns as the longest No. 1 hit in Billboard history.

November 1998- "When You Believe," a duet written by Stephen Schwartz and recorded by Carey and Whitney Houston as an end-credit song for the DreamWorks animated feature "The Prince of Egypt," peaks at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song would go on to win an Oscar the following March.

October 1999 - "Heartbreaker," from her seventh studio album, "Rainbow," makes Carey the only artist to land a No. 1 song in each year of the 1990s, totalling 14 No. 1 singles throughout the decade.

April 2001 - Carey officially leaves Columbia and inks an $80 million deal with Virgin Records - the biggest record contract ever. It also becomes the house where her short-lived label, MonarC Music, resides.

September 2001 - 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures release "Glitter," a poorly reviewed romantic drama starring Carey as a club dancer who dreams of being a singer. …

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