Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme”, she is noted for her songwriting, five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style and signature use of the whistle register.
Carey released her self-titled debut album in June 1990; it was certified nine-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of nine million copies in the United States. Her second album, Emotions, was released a year later and sold eight million copies worldwide.
In 1993, Carey released her most successful studio album to date, Music Box, which was certified Diamond in the United States and topped the charts in many countries around the world. Music Box is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 28 million copies sold.
Mariah Carey has released fifteen studio albums, two soundtrack albums, eight compilation albums, four extended plays, and one remix album. Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, having sold over 220 million records globally. She was presented with the Millennium Award at the 2000 World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of the millennium.
According to the RIAA, she is the highest-certified female artist and tenth overall recording artist with shipments of 74 million albums in the US. She is also ranked as the best-selling female artist of the US Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present) with album sales of 55.5 million.
She has also been dubbed the “Queen of Christmas” for the enduring popularity of her holiday music, particularly the 1994 song “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, which is the best-selling holiday song by a female artist.
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