Newsmakers: This Week: Mariah Carey and David Duchovny

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Newsmakers: This Week: Mariah Carey and David Duchovny


A Butterfly Tries to Spread Her Wings

First there was the breakdown, then the breakup and now the breaking deal. Some considered Mariah Carey's career over after last year's mental meltdown and ill-fated stretch with Virgin Records (it bought out the diva's contract for $28 million). But the singer was recently the subject of a bidding frenzy that found just about every major label wining and dining the former pariah until Carey, 32, chose Universal's Island Def Jam Records last week. It doled out a reported $20 million for a minimum of three records to be released on Carey's own label and distributed through Island. "I'm feeling great--honestly," Carey told NEWSWEEK. "The experience just taught me to pace myself because nobody can go at that frenzied a pace--it doesn't work."

Carey is working on a new record that's slated to drop early next year. "It's my most personal album since 'Butterfly,' which was also an intense turning point in my life," she says. Universal Music Group is not daunted by the disappointing sales of Carey's last effort, "Glitter" (a soundtrack and movie). She is, as Universal's CEO Doug Morris points out, the highest-selling female artist ever. "What makes this interesting is, she did stumble, and now she has a chance to come back up the hill," he says. "We're just setting the stage for what we think will be a great American story." Carey says she's ready to jump back in the role of America's most scrutinized musical superstar. "What are you going to do?" asks Carey. "You ask for success, you have success and you deal with it."

Interview: David Duchovny

If the truth really is out there, Mulder and Scully have one more episode to find it. After nine seasons, "The X-Files" will close this Sunday. David Duchovny, who returns for the finale, spoke with NEWSWEEK's Devin Gordon about saying goodbye. …

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