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Mariah Carey at Hard Rock Live in January

Butterfly songbird Mariah Carey wings her way to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 18 at 1 p.m.

The best-selling female performer of the 1990s according to Billboard magazine, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. A talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, Carey made her recording debut in 1990 under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola. She became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold more than 175 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

Long Island-native Carey’s big break came as a backing vocalist on a studio session with dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr. In 1990, she released her self-titled debut LP. A chart-topping smash, it launched four #1 singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday,” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” Her overnight success earned Grammy awards as Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist. Her 1991 follow-up, Emotions, gave her a record fifth consecutive chart-topper — while both “Can’t Let Go” and “Make It Happen” landed in the Top Five. Carey’s next release was 1992′s MTV Unplugged EP, which generated a number one cover of the Jackson 5′s “I’ll Be There.”

Music Box (1993) became her best-selling record to date. Two more singles, “Dreamlover” and “Hero,” reached the top spot on the charts. Following a Christmas album, Daydream (1995) yielded the #1 “Fantasy,” and “One Sweet Day” — a collaboration with Boyz II Men. Butterfly (1997) was another staggering success and her most hip-hop-flavored recording to date. This collection featured her 13 previous chart-topping singles as well as “The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe),” a duet with Whitney Houston effectively pairing the two most successful female recording artists in pop history — followed late the next year. With “Heartbreaker,” the first single from her 1999 album Rainbow, Carey became the first artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s; the record also pushed her ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop the Hot 100 singles chart.

After a personal hiatus in early 2000 with the disappointing film and soundtrack Glitter, she released Charmbracelet (2002), followed by 2008’s The Emancipation of Mimi, her most successful work in years. It climbed to multi-platinum status and earned Carey three Grammy awards – Best Contemporary R&B Album and, for the single “We Belong Together,” Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song – thus restoring her status as a megastar. Two weeks before the release of her subsequent album, April 2008′s E=MC2, Carey scored her 18th #1 hit with “Touch My Body,” a feat that pushed her into second place (past Elvis, no less) among all artists with the most chart-topping singles. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel — featuring collaborations with the-Dream, as well as a cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” — became her 12th studio album upon its September 2009 release.

Tickets cost $130, $100, $75 & $50*; all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7pm and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Dec 16 2009. Filed under Broward County, Events, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Local news, Music, Seminole Casinos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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