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The World Has Finally Seen The Light: Mariah Carey Has Been Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame At Last

2020 is already proving to be a big year for some of history’s most iconic musicians. The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have just been announced—and among them are classic artists like the Isley Brothers, Eurythmics, Steve Miller, and the ever-iconic Mariah Carey. Many of this year’s inductees boast prolific careers that span literal decades, and Carey is no exception. She’s best-known for her outrageous vocal range and trademark high-notes, but she’s got some serious songwriting chops, and the time has finally come for that particular gift to be celebrated, too.

“I can’t believe it . . . The SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME!!!!” Carey gushed on Twitter. “This is truly one of the greatest honors of my career,” she wrote, praising previous inductees as well as her peers in “the class of 2020.”

Mariah Carey has won five Grammys over the course of her 30-years-and-counting career, writing or co-writing 18 of her 19 songs that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. Some of the catchiest pop songs of all time—from 1993’s “Dreamlover” to 1995’s “Fantasy” and “Always Be My Baby”—were penned by Carey herself, and you can’t say that these tunes have never drilled themselves so deep in your head that you were humming them for days (or weeks) on end. (Well, you could say that, but we wouldn’t believe you.)

Although the woman’s got a knack for writing some serious bops, she’s rarely been lauded as the incredible songwriter she is. Carey even expressed frustration at this lack of recognition in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, acknowledging that it has always been important for her to be responsible for the crafting of her lyrics (her contracts have even stated that she would primarily perform her own original work).

On the topic of her songwriting skills, Carey said, “The average person who is not a fan or [doesn’t] follow what I do . . . they just don’t know, because I’m not seen sitting behind a piano or strumming a guitar, for the most part.” She added, “I’ve had those moments, but that’s not really what people associate me with.”

And it’s true—people usually associate Carey with her powerful voice, a key ingredient to her abundant success (and her long list of record-breaking accolades).

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As a vocalist, Carey has logged the highest number of weeks spent at the top of the charts (79 in total!), and her characteristic alto/soprano sound has made her a timeless, international sensation—the global obsession with “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” led to a series of historic firsts. For example: it made Carey the first artist to top the singles charts in four separate decades; as a resurrected 2019 holiday bop, it was the first-ever song to top the Billboard Hot 100 before disappearing entirely; and it earned her a 2020 Guinness World Record for the “highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the US Hot 100 by a solo artist.”

Damn, Mimi. When she told Rolling Stone that “oftentimes people put [songwriting] as a secondary thing, and for me it’s always at the top of the gifts I could be so thankful to have,” we heard her loud and clear. And the folks at the Songwriters Hall of Fame seem to have finally gotten the message.

In a statement about the prestigious award, Songwriters Hall of Fame chairmain said: ““The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song.” He added, “I am very proud that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2020 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, writers who have enriched our lives and in their time literally transformed music and helped make it what it is today.”

Without a doubt, the landscape of music today would be very different without Mariah Carey’s impact. 

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In a 2008 blurb for Time Magazine, Stevie Wonder wrote, “When people talk about the great influential singers, they talk about Aretha, Whitney and Mariah. That’s a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing.”

A legend himself, Stevie Wonder was right—everyone from Beyonce to Missy Elliott (who was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year) to Ariana Grande have cited Mariah Carey as a major influence. Carey’s signature melismatic singing style has shaped popular music in an undeniable and major way (think: Beyonce/Jennifer Hudson/Christina Aguilera vocals, how ubiquitous and fundamental they are to the current state of pop). All in all, there’s no questioning it: Mariah Carey is a force to be reckoned with, and her extensive oeuvre includes some pretty praise-worthy lyrical prowess.

Mariah Carey’s Twitter Account Was Hacked And The Hackers Definitely Have Some Thoughts On Eminem

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Mariah Carey’s Twitter Account Was Hacked And The Hackers Definitely Have Some Thoughts On Eminem

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Mariah Carey is starting off the new year in the beautifully messy way only Mimi could. The legendary vocalist made history becoming the first artist in history to top the Billboard charts in four different decades with the single “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” On the flipside, Carey’s Twitter account was hacked on New Year’s Eve and it tweeted some unsettling things about her alleged former fling and musical nemesis Eminem.

Hackers unleash the N-word and Eminem thirst tweets from Mariah’s account.

The hackers identified themselves a the Chuckling Squad. The same group that hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in August and celebrities like Chloe Grace Moretz. Things like “Eminem has a little penis” and “Yo that diss track on Eminem was hard” were tweeted from the “Obsessed” singer’s account to her 21.4 million followers. 

“Confirming the account was hacked. As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised account and are currently investigating the situation,” a Twitter spokesperson toldThe Hollywood Reporter

By the mid-afternoon of New Year’s Eve, the incident had been resolved. The Elusive Chanteuse tweeted before midnight, “I take a freaking nap and this happens.” It’s always nice to see celebrities have a sense of humor about these kinds of things. 

The Chuckling Squad has done this kind of thing before.

The Chuckling Squad has been notorious for taking over the Twitter accounts of high profile users, including Dorsey the platform’s founder. In August, a loophole allowed the hackers to infiltrate his account. 

“The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved,” Twitter said after Dorsey’s hack

At the time, Twitter disabled the function to tweet via SMS or text message. It is unclear if the same method was used to hack Carey’s account. The Chuckling Squad’s MO tends to be tweeting polarizing things, including the N-word, from famous peoples’ accounts. They even tweeted out Moretz’s social security number.

The comments about Eminem appear to have been an attempt at reigniting a feud between Carey and the rapper Eminem. The duo’s feud began when the “Lose Yourself” rapper said he dated Carey in 2001. 

“I hung out with him, I spoke to him on the phone,” the singer explained to Larry King around the time. “I think I was probably with him a total of four times. And I don’t consider that dating somebody.”

Mimi released the diss track “Obsessed.” The music video featured herself dressed as an Eminem-like figure who stalks Carey. Slim Shady continued the feud after she wed Nick Cannon. Despite Cannon and Carey’s divorce, Marshall Mathers dissed Cannon again this September on the Fat Joe single “Lord Above.” Cannon released three diss tracks in response. 

Carey remains unbothered, becoming the first artist to break a new Billboard record.  

The five-time Grammy winner doesn’t appear to be romantically involved with either of the men who continue to invoke her name in their ongoing feud from a bygone era. When Carey appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2014, the host asked her to say three nice things about Eminem. 

“They come in a package that you can carry wherever you go. Melts in your mouth, not in your hand. People love them around the world, and they’re tasty. You can have peanut or the regular kind,” Carey said, referring instead to the candy-coated cholate treat M&Ms. 

Released in 1994, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” became an instant classic. The song has managed to snag the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 90s, 2000s, 2010s, and the single remains an unstoppable bop in 2020. 

While other artists like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Madonna, and Usher, have managed the feat in three decades, Carey is in a league of her own. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become the highest-charting holiday single of all time. 

Carey tweeted her excitement, “Yaaaaaaaaay!!! WE. DID. IT. But… what’s a decade?”

Here Is How Much Money Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Has Raked In For Her In The New Year

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Here Is How Much Money Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Has Raked In For Her In The New Year

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“People who love that song . . . they know the baseline, the drum beat, the piano part—they know the sax part, they know the background vocals,” producer and bassist Randy Jackson told Amazon Music. He was referring to the ultra-famous Christmas classic by none other than “songbird supreme” Mariah Carey—the song that has defined contemporary Christmastime around the world for decades, which just went #1 after its original release 25 years ago. Whether or not you’re one of those people who has it on repeat the whole month of December, you definitely know this song—tbh, it’s probably playing in the background right now, whether you’re in a coffee shop, at the mall, or in your living room: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

While you’ve likely been hearing this melody nonstop for the past few weeks, you probably haven’t been watching the original 1994 music video over and over again (who knows, maybe you ‘re obsessed with that, too). Well, some exciting changes to this modern Christmas classic have come about in the past couple of days, most notably a super sparkly new music video to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this outrageously famous tune.

Last week, Mariah Carey released a revamped music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and it already has almost 14 million views after just five days online.

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The new music video is much more elaborate than the original, which features Mariah Carey frolicking through the snow, hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree, opening presents, and smiling at the camera a lot. But in the new music video, a little girl is transported from a city street to a shimmering winter wonderland, where Carey is flanked by dancers in festive costumes, twinkly lights, and (same as last time) so. much. snow. (it’s a well-known fact that Carey is really into snow—she travels to Aspen, Colorado, almost every year to bask in its “White Christmas” vibes).

While they are ultimately quite different, both music videos evoke the essence of Christmas, capturing the magic and comfort so characteristic of the holiday season. But this should come as no surprise: Mariah Carey is sort of a specialist in Christmas spirit. A lover of all things festive, it’s not exactly shocking that her original Christmas song has withstood the test of time, even growing in popularity as the years have gone by (it didn’t even hit the Billboard Top 100 until this past decade!).

Mariah Carey released her Christmas album, Merry Christmas, back in 1994, just three to four years into her career. Typically, Christmas albums are released much later in a musician’s tenure, often as a way to generate revenue when the artist hasn’t been touring or releasing new, original material.

But for Carey, releasing a Christmas album was an opportunity for her to fully embrace her long-wrought love of Christmas and to express her passion for the holidays through her work. And she didn’t just cover classic Christmas songs, like so many artists do—she wanted to write original content, to create a song that would become a contemporary classic.

 When describing her love of Christmas and the creation of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Carey said, “[Christmas] wasn’t about the gifts . . . It was just about the hopefulness of the holiday season and feeling in the spirit.” She added that the song stemmed from “the need for [her] to express [her]self and make a song that made [her] feel happy during the holidays.”

It’s incredibly difficult to write an original Christmas song—especially one that lasts, that people return to over and over again. Carey’s approach was to recreate the melodies that revived the magic of Christmas she felt as a child, but which resonated with her as an adult. So, she focused on the element of connecting with a long lost love.

“That’s something I’ll always remember,” she said. “The process of changing a Christmas song into a love song, then back into a Christmas song.”

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And this Christmas song is truly timeless. Though it emerged back in the 90s, it doesn’t really sound like the 90s—rather, it sounds more like the cheerful ballads of the 1960s, which definitely imbues it with a certain timelessness.

“It was not of the time,” Carey agrees. “It’s still not ‘of the time.’”

As the highest-charting original Christmas song since 1958, that claim definitely holds true. Without a doubt, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will remain relevant around the world for years—even decades—to come. And fans everywhere can rejoice each time Carey performs it live, which she absolutely loves to do.

“It’s always such a rush for me,” Carey said. “It’s a great feeling.”