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Mariah Carey Newsgroup FAQ, Part 1 of 5 (monthly)

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The Mariah Carey Newsgroup Frequently Asked Questions
Issue #039 (9th April 2001)- The Welcome To Virgin Edition

The maintenance of this FAQ is a non-profit project of Kasoft Typesetting, a
division of Kasoft Software, Australia. The editor and author, Kade "Archer"
Hansson, can be reached by e-mail at
Corrections, additions and all forms of feedback are encouraged.

Copyright in this document is retained by the author, and it may not be
adapted or offered for sale or hire, in whole or in part, without prior
arrangement with Kade Hansson.

An extensive hypertext version of this document (XHTML, suitable for most
contemporary browsers) is available on the web at:

Note that if you are reading this text on a newsgroup or an FAQ archive,
there may be a significant lag time before the hypertext version is updated
to reflect the changes in the document you are now reading. That is, you
could be seeing the previous month's version if you follow this link. All
previous mirrors of the hypertext version are outdated, so this address is to
be preferred over any others you may have.

For those who prefer plain text, or the protocol FTP, the MIT archive has up-
to-data copies of all FAQs in textual form on their FTP service. This FAQ is
in five parts that can be downloaded from the directory:

For faster access, and to reduce the burden on the main service, I would
recommend that you seek out mirrors of the MIT site, which can be readily
found all over the world.

The hypertext version of this FAQ includes local links to full lyrics and
cover thumbnails, as well as selected articles and photographs.

New readers should read the general section first, and then to browse through
the music, movie, personal information and miscellaneous sections. People
with a strong interest in Mariah Carey may like to browse the fan section, to
find out about fan clubs and collectables. Regular computer users may also be
interested in the technical section.

At the end of the FAQ I give a selected bibliography. I also list some
articles about Mariah and interviews she has done.

See question G3 for recent developments, including updates on Mariah's move
from Columbia to Virgin and the upcoming movie and soundtrack All That


General questions

G1. Who is Mariah Carey?
G2. What kind of articles are posted on the newsgroup?
G3. What is Mariah's most recent work?
G4. Where can I find lyrics?
        Lyric archives
G5. Are there instrumental or karaoke versions of Mariah's songs?
G6. Should I post pictures, songs or sound clips on the newsgroup?
G7. Where else on the Internet, besides the newsgroup, can I discuss Mariah?
G8. Where can I find some other Mariah-focused Internet resources?
        Worldwide Web pages
G9. What if my question isn't answered here?

Musical questions

M1. How did Mariah become a recording artist?
M2. What songs has Mariah recorded?
        M2a. Finding information about discs and songs
        M2b. Discography overview
        M2c. Brief album discography
                Mariah Carey
                MTV Unplugged EP
                Music Box
                Luther Vandross: Songs
                Merry Christmas
                Babyface: The Day
                Jermaine Dupri: Life In 1472
        M2d. Brief single discography
                Single B sides
                Single remixes before Butterfly
                Honey single
                Butterfly single
                Breakdown single
                The Roof (UK) single
                My All single
                My All/ Stay Awhile (US) single
                Sweetheart (US) single
                When You Believe single
                I Still Believe single
                Heartbreaker (US) single
                Thank God I Found You (US) single
                Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (US) minisingle
                Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (US) maxisingle
                Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (US) single
                Ungrouped single remixes
        M2e. Videography index
                Video albums
                Video singles
                Video clips
        M2f. Album and single videography
        M2g. Clip videography
        M2h. Songbook and sheet music bibliography
                Sheet music: general
                Sheet music: choral
M3. What awards has Mariah won?
        Grammy Awards
        World Music Awards
        Billboard Music Awards
        American Music Awards
        Soul Train Awards
        New York City Music Awards
        Australian Record Industry Association Awards
        UK Smash Hits Awards
        Germany's Bravo magazine
        Rockefeller Center Awards
        Blockbuster Awards
        Lady Of Soul Awards
        BMI Awards
M4. What records and precedents has Mariah set?
M5. Does Mariah do rap?
        Guest rap artists
M6. What other songs has Mariah written?
        Unrecorded/unreleased Spanish songs from Mariah Carey
        Unrecorded/unreleased songs predating Mariah Carey
        Songs written for Trey Lorenz
        Songs written for Allure
        Songs written for 7 Mile
        Other songs cowritten by Mariah Carey
M7. What songs were on the famous demo tape?
        Original Mariah Carey demo tape
M8. What other songs have been produced by Mariah?
        Songs coproduced for Allure
        Songs coproduced for 7 Mile
M9. Where has Mariah performed concerts?
M10. Which songs have Spanish versions?
        Spanish recordings

Movie questions

S1. What can you tell me about Paint Your Wagon?
S2. Which movies has Mariah appeared in?
S3. What's the story with the Honey video?

Personal questions

P1. What is Mariah's family like?
P2. When and where was Mariah born?
P3. How would I pick Mariah in a crowd?
P4. What are Mariah's favourite things?
P5. What was Mariah's first wedding like?
P6. Does Mariah smoke?
P7. Who was Mariah's first husband?

Fan questions

F1. What unofficial fan clubs are there?
F2. How do I join Sony's official Mariah fan club?
F3. Where can I write to Mariah Carey?
F4. What are some Mariah collectables?
        Older posters
        Previous tour merchandise
        Limited release albums
        Limited release singles
        Special album versions
        Computer software
        Instrumental albums
        Known bootlegs
F5. What are some rare Mariah collectables?
        Love And Dream
F6. Where can I get Mariah collectables?
        Freelance collectable traders on Internet

Technical questions

T1. What does the Merry Christmas CD Extra offer?
T2. What is the #Mariah_Carey chat channel all about?
T3. Does Mariah have any DVDs?

Miscellaneous questions

X1. When was the newsgroup founded?
X2. What is MCT?
X3. What is The Gospel According To Vision?
X4. What is all this AIWFCIY and AYNAF and DYTOM stuff?
        Index of Mariah Carey songs
X5. What was "Crave"?
X6. What is "Camp Mariah"?


G1. Who is Mariah Carey?

Mariah Carey is the biggest selling recording artist of the 1990s and the
biggest selling female artist of all time (despite what you may have heard).
Mariah Carey is unique in having both a breath-taking multi-octave vocal
range as well as an amazing talent for writing and producing highly popular
songs. Since her self-titled debut album was released in 1990, she has sold
over 120 million albums and 20 million singles.

Mariah Carey is often referred to as simply "Mariah", though some may prefer
Ms Carey over such blatant familarity.  Also, fans usually capitalize the
personal pronoun "her" when discussing Mariah, viz "Her". MC is also a common
abbreviation. Mariah has no middle name, and her first name is supposedly
derived from the song They Call The Wind Mariah from the movie Paint Your
Wagon (see S1).

Mariah Carey has been married once, to Sony Music Entertainment President,
Tommy Mottola, but that relationship ended in divorce in March 1998 after
four years of marriage and nine months of separation. Her present marital
status is single, but she is romatically linked to Luis Miguel, a latin

Mariah was originally signed to the Columbia music label, now a division of
Sony Music Entertainment, by Tommy back in 1989 (see M1). Under Columbia she
released nine albums (see M2), including one compilation and one EP. Since
last month she is now signed to the Virgin label, a division of EMI Music
Publishing. Her first album with Virgin will be the soundtrack to the
upcoming movie All That Glitters (see S2), allowed under a special
arrangement with Columbia (whose parent co-owns the rights to the movie).

G2. What kind of articles are posted on the newsgroup?

The newsgroup is about Mariah Carey, and that
includes articles about, or at least closely related to, her life and her
music. News bulletins, announcements, questions, opinions, reviews and
discussions all have a place on the group. It is not dedicated to fans alone,
and anyone who is interested in the discussions taking place is encouraged to

As a general rule, articles should not be crossposted to or from other music
groups. The point of having the* hierachy divided into separate
sections is to allow discussions specific topics to take place without
disturbing those who do not have an interest in them. Music is a very broad
topic, and also one where opinions vary greatly and emotions can run high.
Learn to respect others' opinions, and do not force your opinion on others.

People who post deliberately provoking and generally thoughtless articles
should be ignored. If you do feel a reply is necessary, use e-mail in the
first instance. Public follow-ups to such articles should be avoided. In any
instance, do not crosspost replies to any groups other than those to which
the article is directly and indisputably relevant.

G3. What is Mariah's most recent work?

The most recent developments for Mariah have occurred on two fronts:

1. Details about the release of the upcoming movie All That Glitters (read
on) have become public- Mariah has coproduced the soundtrack and stars in the

2. Mariah has left Sony for EMI, and has a $US20 million per album deal with
the Virgin label. This has been rumoured ever since Mariah split with Sony
CEO Tommy Mottola. Various sources cite Mariah being unhappy with promotion
(or lack thereof) at Sony, but the truth is certainly more complicated.

Mariah's most recent studio album is entitled Rainbow. This album is packed
with collaborations with urban and R&B artists, but has a few ballads to
pacify older fans. The work is testimony to Mariah's astounding ability to
adjust herself to the popular styles of the day.

The singles released from the Rainbow album appear to be different in each
part of the world. Heartbreaker, the one which has a worldwide release, had a
record debut week, with sales tying a Beatles record of 271 000 copies sold
in the US. Thank God I Found You was then released to some markets (including
the US), followed by Against All Odds and Can't Take That Away (Mariah's
Theme) (paired with Crybaby in the US), though the order of release depends
on the market.

Mariah appeared in the movie The Bachelor, a film starring Chris O'Donnell
which had wordlwide release around the beginning of 2000. Mariah's next movie
role will be much bigger, as she will appear in the star vehicle All That
Glitters, believed to be ready for an Autumn 2001 release. See question S2.

Mariah's most recent worldwide video album (available on VHS and DVD
worldwide) is Number Ones, containing video clips featuring Mariah's number
one singles.

Current Album:  Rainbow (November 1999)
Recent Videos:  Around The World (1998)
                VH1 Divas Live (1998)
                Number Ones (1999)
Previous Tour:  Rainbow Tour 2000
                (visited Canada, US and Europe in Feb/Mar/Apr 2000)
Recent Singles: The Roof (March 1998, Europe)
                My All (May 1998, Australia & US)
                My All (Stay Awhile) (June 1998, US)
                When You Believe (From The Prince Of Egypt) (November 1998)
                Heartbreaker (September 1999, US)
                Thank God I Found You (December 1999, US)
                Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) (May 2000, US)
                Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
                        (October 2000, Australia)
Other Releases: Merry Christmas (CD Extra interactive disc, 1996)
                Valentines (CD limited edition single, 2000)
                VH1 Divas Live (DVD, 1998)
                Around The World (DVD, 1998)
                Number Ones (DVD, 1999)

G4. Where can I find lyrics?

Not on the newsgroup- check the FAQ website (address given below), amongst
others. As the FAQ maintainer, I used to post new and updated lyrics to the
newsgroup as they became available. This was to prevent the newsgroup being
flooded with multiple conflicitng copies of Mariah's lyrics. The lyrics were
cited with a revision number and date, and I encouraged readers to bring
disagreements to my attention. 

The result of my efforts are the Mariah Carey lyric archives. The lyric
archives are available as links from this page:

I still encourage people to correct the archives, because lyrics are very
rarely 100% correct. Please note that not all archives are complete, and some
are not yet publically available (those marked at revision 0). This is
because they are very incomplete or I am otherwise unhappy with them.

[Lyric archives]

ARCHIVE Title                   Current revision
01. Mariah Carey (album)        1 (08 Apr 1996)
02. Emotions (album)            2 (08 Apr 1996)
03. I'll Be There (song)        2 (08 Apr 1996)
04. Music Box (album)           2 (08 Apr 1996)
05. Dreamlover (remixes)        1 (22 Apr 1996)
06. Do You Think Of Me (song)   2 (08 Apr 1996)
07. Heroe (song)                1 (15 Apr 1996)
08. AYNAF (remixes)             1 (22 Apr 1996)
09. Merry Christmas (album)     1 (22 Apr 1996)
10. Joy To The World (remixes)  2 (08 Apr 1996)
11. Fantasy (remixes)           4 (22 Apr 1996)
12. Daydream (album)            2 (15 Apr 1996)
13. El Amor Que Sone (song)     1 (15 Apr 1996)
14. Always Be My Baby (remixes) 2 (03 Jul 1996)
15. Slipping Away (song)        1 (08 Apr 1996)
16. Endless Love                1 (15 Apr 1996)
17. Honey (remixes)             1 (30 Jul 1997)
18. Butterfly (album)           2 (24 Sep 1997)
19. ETICME (song)               2 (24 Sep 1997)
20. Head Over Heels (song)      0 (01 Apr 1998)
21. Butterfly (remixes)         0 (01 Apr 1998)
22. Breakdown (remixes)         0 (07 Apr 1998)
23. My All (remixes)            0 (23 May 1998)
24. Mi Todo (song)              0 (24 Jun 1998)
25. Sweetheart (remixes)        0 (30 Nov 1998)
26. Number Ones (album)         0 (30 Nov 1998)
27. The Roof (remixes)          0 (01 Oct 1999)
28. Heartbreaker (remixes)      0 (01 Oct 1999)
29. Rainbow (album)             0 (01 Oct 1999)

If a song you want isn't available here (and remember that album archives
contain the full lyrics for all songs on international releases of that
album), may I suggest you visit Mihau's Mariah Carey Lyrics Archive at:

G5. Are there instrumental or karaoke versions of Mariah's songs?

There is are a few instrumental or karaoke albums available, but they are not
officially endorsed. See question F4. Additionally, MIDI music files are
readily available on the net (see G8). For the musically inclined, sheet
music is available. Question M2h has a list of songbooks.

Rachid Guernane has indicated that the avid Mariah fan can track down true
instrumental versions (that is the exact same backing tracks Mariah sings to)
of some songs. The instrumental tracks he has been able to find:

Against All Odds
    [from the Japanese 5" CD single.]

All I Want For Christmas Is You
    [from the Merry Christmas CD Plus, used in the introduction
     to the interactive session.]

Endless Love
    [from the US/European/Australian 5" CD single & the Japanese
     3" CD single.]

My All
    [from a rare French compilation.]

Sweetheart/ The Story Instrumental
    [from the US promo CD single & the Japanese 5" CD single.]

When You Believe
    [from the US CD single.]

DVD (see question T3) would provide the ideal format for delivering such
material. However, to my knowledge, there is no DVD containing karaoke
versions of Mariah's songs. However, Mariah's music DVDs (see question M2f)
do include synchronised lyrics, and many audio receivers allow vocals to be
suppressed. There may also be laserdiscs available with Mariah Carey songs on
them, so check in a laserdisc catalogue.

I myself have a long-standing project to create a karaoke machine based on a
computer and a CD player, but I wouldn't wait for that. If you are
interested, e-mail me and I'll tell you how it's coming along.

G6. Should I post pictures, songs or sound clips on the newsgroup?

This is not a newsgroup designed for binary traffic (such as music, sounds
and images), so you should never post this material. The correct protocol is
to post the binary file to the alt.binaries.* hierachy and then post a
message here notifying the group of its whereabouts.

G7. Where else on the Internet, besides the newsgroup, can I discuss Mariah?

There is an established live chat channel called #Mariah_Carey (also try
#Mariah) on Undernet IRC which is dedicated to the discussion of Mariah and
her music. Look at the IRC newsgroups (such as alt.irc.undernet) to find out
more about Undernet and IRC, and how you can connect. Some further
information is given in question T2.

Also, there are three mailing lists you can subscribe to:

Description                     Name of list    Posting address
Mariah Carey's fan list         Vision
Mariah Carey news list          Vision News
Mariah Carey marketplace list   Goddess-Mariah  -

(The Vision list is a superset of Vision News, in the sense that articles
sent to Vision News appear on Vision, but articles sent to vision do not
appear on Vision News.)

You can subscribe to either of the Vision groups by sending a message to with a body containing the line:

subscribe <name-of-list>

To unsubscribe from a Vision group send a message to
with a body containing the line:

unsubscribe <name-of-list>

(Replace <name-of-list> with one of the mailing list names given above.)

To join the marketplace mailing list, send a message to with a body containing the line:

subscribe goddess-mariah

Whenever you send to an automated "majordomo" account, you can leave the
subject line blank. Messages posted to the mailing list you subscribe to will
be sent to your e-mailbox.

G8. Where can I find some other Mariah-focused Internet resources?

There are a great many worldwide web pages dedicated to Mariah Carey, and the
table below gives but a small sampling of these. Of foremost interest is the
Official Sony Mariah Carey page at:

There are many Mariah Carey chat channels. The one which is arguably the most
popular is #Mariah_Carey on undernet. See question T2. Many web pages also
include live chat facilities and message boards.

[Other Worldwide Web pages]

These pages are selected by the FAQ maintainer because they are reasonably
contemporaneous and represent a reasonable cross-section of what is
available. E-mail me if you would like me to review your page for inclusion.
I have had to remove a lot of pages because they are no longer actively
maintained- I would ask that you notify me should that happen to pages listed
here, particularly if you are the maintainer.

ADDRESS (Author) (M Batson/D Leveillee, US) ("mihau", Germany) (E De Ridder, Netherlands) (R Grunwald, Australia) (E Zwiggelaar, Netherlands)

G9. What if my question isn't answered here?

If your question has not been answered by this newsgroup FAQ, please feel
free to ask on the newsgroup. If this fails, feel free to ask me at, and I will endeavour to learn the answer for

If you feel any commonly asked question deserves to be listed in this FAQ,
please contact me. It would be nice if you have an answer too, but not



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