The angelic songstress known as Mariah Carey busted on the music scene in 1990 capturing the hearts of many. With her powerful five-octave vocal range, the modern day Minnie Riperton dominated an entire decade with hits such as “Vision of Love,” “Emotions,” “Hero,” “One Sweet Day,” “Always Be My Baby” and many more. As Carey transitioned into the 2000’s albums like Glitter and Charmbracelet failed to match the legacy she built the decade before.
However, the critics’ opinions didn’t hold Carey back from reaching her highest potential. In April 2005, the songbird released her tenth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi. The album spawned several chart-topping singles including “Shake It Off,” “Don’t Forget About Us” and her comeback hit “We Belong Together.” The album became the best-selling album of 2005, selling over five million copies in the U.S. and more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Since then, Carey has released two more studio albums E=MC² and Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel; all great in their own rights.
With a career expanding two decades, Mimi has done alright for herself. She has managed to become the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums and singles sold worldwide. Carey has even gotten her feet wet as an actress.
Before 2013 draws to a close, Carey starts writing the next chapter of her career. Today, she released “The Art of Letting Go,” the title track from her forthcoming album. To celebrate her new single and her amazing legacy, we wanted to share why music lovers should love Mariah Carey.
Her pen game is lethal — Unlike some R&B/pop artists who attempt to take credit for writing their biggest hits, Carey doesn’t do such a thing. She has been penning number one hits since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1990. All four singles from her first album topped the Billboard Hot 100.
With songs like “Betcha Gon’ Know” her storytelling approach captures each moment and every emotion one could feel if placed in a similar situation. “Though the lights were low / I could see you both / In a lover’s silhouette / And my heart stood still / I was froze right there/staring down at her red dress.”
Carey’s metaphors are unmatched too — even by the likes of R.Kelly and Ne-Yo. “Love you like free money, like a preacher loves Sunday / love you like a freeze pop, love you like a milkshake / love you like a high school girl on a first date.” — “The Impossible.”