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blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples.
In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box.
In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. P.O.D. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points.
2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album.
Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request.
In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004).
However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had.
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First, their tour bus crashed, and was in disrepair, so they were forced to rent a van. Second, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be cancelled. They went in to a restaurant after their show in Dallas, TX, and when they came out, they found every thing in their rental van stolen, including their passports and whatever money they had. THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI (Coming April 12th). However, the headlining tour was marred by a couple of incidents. GUEST APPEARANCES. blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined this Summer (2004). CHARMBRACELET. Warriors are doing more than enough to help out. GLITTER.
Thankfully the Blindside Union and P.O.D. RAINBOW. Therefore, the label couldn't support them anymore. NUMBER ONES. In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, and employees lost jobs as a result. BUTTERFLY. In late 2004, it was announced that blindside were leaving Elektra Records per the band's request. DAYDREAM.
It has generated a minor hit in All of Us. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Then in 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. MUSIC BOX. In 2003 they toured with Hoobastank in support of the album. MTV:UNPLUGGED. It generated minor hits in "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful", and "Caught a Glimpse". EMOTIONS.
2002 saw the release of blindside's next album, Silence. MARIAH CAREY. soon started endorsing blindside (actually, they were doing so since 1998) and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint, 3 Points. (Note: Bold are Billboard Hot 100 or UK Top 40 singles that reached #1). P.O.D. US Sales Total : 61,000,000 Worldwide Sales Total: 179,000,000. It was their final album for Solid State, after lackluster sales of the two albums. The next single will be released about the same time as the album, is titled "We Belong Together" is a mid-tempo ballad as critics call it "a return to the days when Mariah made great songs that where very well recieved by the general public...she's going back to her roots..." It is already receiving moderate airplay through-out the country and is expected to put Carey back on the map in terms of Hit singles.
In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. "The Emancipation Of Mimi" will be released on April 12, 2005 (tentative). In 1998, Tooth & Nail Records issued a new EP, titled Empty Box. Billboard wrote "After years of underwhelming singles, Mariah Carey finally returns with a hot track..." and put it in their list of the week's essentials. The first album, which was self-titled, was released to American audiences. Media sources hailed the song a triumphant return for Carey. In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP, and signed blindside to a record deal. Within weeks, it zoomed into the top 20.
All members are Christian, and it is evident in their lyrics ("I thought about Your love"; "I caught a glimpse of Your eye"), among countless other examples. It was her highest debut in nearly five years. They formed in 1994 as "Underfree" and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #53 on January 22. blindside is a hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. The song, "It's Like That" received a positive response and began receiving airplay a day later. Sleepwalking, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31. On New Years Eve, Carey premiered a Jermaine Dupri production at the Pure Club in Las Vegas.
Pitiful, Modern rock tracks, peaked at #36. Another Neptunes production, "Tonight," which featured rapper Nelly also leaked on to the Internet around this time. Pitiful, Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #18. The song was planned as the first single, but was met with a lukewarm response. 2004 - About a Burning Fire. In November, a new song from her upcoming album entitled "Say Something" featuring rappers Snoop Dogg and Pharrell leaked on to the internet. 2003 - Silence. Although the song was not as great of a success as her Busta Rhymes collaboration, it managed to hit the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart.
2000 - A Thought Crushed My Mind. That Fall she was featured on Jadakiss's hit single "U Make Me Wanna". 1997 - Blindside. Carey spent the majority of 2004 preparing for the release of her tenth studio album, entitled "The Emancipation of Mimi". Marcus Dahlstrom - Drums. That year, she was awarded the World Music Awards "Diamond Award" in honor of over 150 million album sales worldwide. Tomas Naslund - Bass. However, in 2003, a duet with Busta Rhymes entitled "I Know What You Want" fared considerably better, having reached the top five (#3) of Billboard's pop singles chart and the top five in rap radio airplay. It is also featured on the latest release The Remixes, a double CD containing a series of remixes.
Simon Grenehed - Guitar. None of the three singles really took off with radio though fans continued to buy her singles in the thousands, leading to the conclusion that Carey had lost her "radio magic" after a decade of one radio hit after another. Christian Lindskog - Vocals. The album included the singles "Through The Rain", "Boy (I Need You)" featuring rapper Cam'ron, and a cover of Def Leppard's '80s hit "Bringin' On The Heartbreak". She's interested in writing music that is more profound having meaning to her and her fans. Mariah released a new album, Charmbracelet in December 2002, it debuted at #3.
After that, she checked into a mental health facility and announced that she was taking a break from performing. Finally, Mariah made an appearance on MTV's TRL, where she was scantily clad and acting strangely. To date, it has sold 3 million copies worldwide, which is about what "Rainbow" sold in the US. The album peaked at #7, Carey's lowest peaking album ever, despite being hailed as some of Mariah's best work.
However, sales were disappointing and airplay almost nonexistant. The lead single "LoverBoy" reached #2 in the Hot 100 thanks to Virgin's massive campaign to sell the single for only 99 cents across America. She left her longtime label to sign a contract with Virgin Records, under which her 10th album "Glitter" was released. She complained her record label wasn't promoting her albums.
Her acting debut in the film Glitter, panned by many popular movie critics, coupled with her many years of excessively hard work appeared to have taken a toll on her. Carey suffered physical and mental exhaustion in 2001. Most of her recent singles have also been remixed as dance music, where she worked with DJs such as David Morales and Junior Vasquez. Though her release singles are usually in the pop genre, she has also combined her talents with rap artists such as Lord Tariq, Peter Gunz, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
To date, Rainbow has sold over 3 million copies in America and another 6 million internationally. This led to widespread speculation that Carey's career was in massive decline. Even with a commercial single release "Crybaby" only managed to peak at 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, Carey's lowest peaking single up to that point. The album's next two singles, "Crybaby" and "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)", were released almost simultaneously. "Crybaby", a hip-hop song which featured Snoop Dogg, was promoted to urban and hip-hop radio, while "Mariah's Theme", a ballad in the vein of "Hero", was promoted to top 40 and adult contemporary radio. Neither song really took off with any audience.
Like "Heartbreaker", following in the trend that Carey seemed to use at the time for each new single, a video for a remix of "Thank God I Found You"--which contained a sample from Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever" and featured Joe and Nas--was released. The song didn't fare as well on the radio as Carey's earlier songs, but solid sales assured that the song became a chart hit. The song was a duet with Joe and featured 98 Degrees singing background vocals on the chorus. Rainbows second single, "Thank God I Found You" became Carey's fifteenth #1 single on the Hot 100.
Combined, both versions of "Heartbreaker" spent 65 days on TRL and become her first and only TRL-"retired" video. The remix video, which has cameo appearances by Brat, Elliott, and Snoop, also became popular on TRL. A video was also filmed for a remix to "Heartbreaker", which was much more hip-hop oriented than the original, featuring a sample of Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun" and guest raps by Missy Elliott and Da Brat. With a cost of over $2.5 million, the video is Carey's most expensive to date and one of the top 5 most expensive music videos in history.
"Heartbreaker" featured a popular music video which got heavy airplay on MTV's TRL. The single went on to achieve platinum (1,000,000 copies sold) status and was one of the last singles to do so in America, once the Napster craze took off in 2000 and decimated the American singles industry. Nevertheless, it managed to crack the top 20 in overall radio airplay, garnering smaller amounts of airplay from a combination of different formats, and was Carey's fourteenth #1 on the Hot 100, thanks to a commercially available single, which sold over 300,000 copies in its first week alone. With people unsure what to make of her changing sound, style, and image, and several types of radio stations--including adult contemporary, pop, and urban--unsure whether the song fit their format and their audiences, "Hearbreaker" was not the smash that first singles from new Carey albums had always been prior.
At this point in Carey's career, adult-contemporary fans were feeling betrayed by Carey, while urban fans felt that she was just jumping on the rap bandwagon. In the case of "Heartbreaker", it received criticism for sounding like her previous singles "Dreamlover" and "Fantasy", and many people viewed the guest rap from Jay-Z as a desperate attempt to get the single airplay on urban radio, since Carey could no longer depend on adult contemporary or even top 40 radio to necessarily play her new singles as they once had. By this point, Carey had begun to alienate audiences by striving to create songs that tried too hard to appeal to all people. During the late summer of 1999, Carey began promoting her upcoming album, Rainbow by releasing a single and video for "Heartbreaker".
Starr; and "Whenever You Call," a duet with popular R&B singer Brian McKnight. It also included the new singles "When You Believe," a duet with Whitney Houston which featured in the DreamWorks animated film The Prince of Egypt; "Sweetheart," a hip-hoppy duet with Jermaine Dupri; "I Still Believe," a cover of the '80s song by Brenda K. In 1998, Carey released the album #1s, a collection of all her American number one singles up to that point. Other singles and videos off the album included "Butterfly;" "The Roof;" "Breakdown," a duet with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Carey singing in a style similar to the way the Bone Thugs rap; and the #1 hit "My All".
Its video, filmed shortly after her divorce from Tommy Mottola, VP of Sony Records, displayed a much more sexual and sultry Carey than any previous video. It was also her 3rd single to debut at #1 on the Hot 100. The first single, "Honey" was huge a number one hit and featured a remix with rappers Puff Daddy, The Lox, and Mase. Carey's 1997 album, Butterfly Carey's second consecutive album debut at #1, saw her continuing to move in an R&B/hip hop direction.
"Forever," and "Open Arms" were the last singles off of the album, did not make #1 but were still top 10 hit's in America. "Always Be My Baby" received huge airplay from pop, adult contemporary, and adult top 40 radio, and its urban remix which featured rhymes by Da Brat and a more soulful sounding chorus, sung by R&B group Xscape got huge airplay on urban, rap, and R&B radio stations. It still holds the record for the longest consecutive stay at #1 in the US. "One Sweet Day" spent 16 consecutive weeks at #1 in the US, beating the original record of 14 held by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and Boys II Men's "I'll Make Love To You".
Daydream's second and third singles, "One Sweet Day," a duet with Boyz II Men, and "Always Be My Baby," respectively, were arguably even bigger hits than "Fantasy". She realized that she had a higher potential at having massive crossover hits if she employed the use of various genre-specific remixes for each single. This also marked the start of a new trend for Carey's singles. It's lead single, "Fantasy", got heavy play on urban radio, thanks to a remix which featured a rhyme by the Wu-Tang Clan's Old Dirty Bastard.
This album and her previous studio album, Music Box, would eventually go on to sell over 20 million copies each worldwide, making them Carey's two best selling albums. In 1995, Carey released Daydream. During the Christmas season of 1994, Carey released the album Merry Christmas, and had a perennial hit with her original holiday song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You". These songs, and Carey's duet with Luther Vandross of Diana Ross' "Endless Love," made Carey one of the most-played musicians on the radio in 1993 and 1994.
Carey's next studio album, Music Box, was released in 1993 and spawned the hits "Anytime You Need A Friend," "Never Forget You," and the hugely popular number one songs "Hero" and "Dreamlover". It, too, rose quickly to the top of America's pop charts. In 1992, Carey perfomed all of her hits on MTV Unplugged, as well as a new song, a cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There". Emotions had several other top five singles, such as "If It's Over," "Can't Let Go," and "Make It Happen".
This song gave Carey the record of being the only musician or band ever to have had their first five singles all hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in America. Carey's second album, Emotions, was released in the fall of 1991 and its first single, the title track, also was an American #1 hit. She became a commercial success almost overnight, and the album produced four huge #1 hit singles: "Vision Of Love," "Someday," "Love Takes Time," and "I Don't Want To Cry". Her career began in with the release of her debut album in 1990, when she was just twenty years old.
On July 4th, 2002, Alfred Roy Carey died from cancer. Mariah's family denied this, and in fact it was Mariah who took care of Alison's children when Alison lost custody. Alison Carey is undoubtedly the black sheep of the family, she was a drug addict for a long time, was diagnosed with HIV and promised to write a tell-all book of how she worked as a prostitute to support Mariah's career at the beginnings. Mariah and Morgan stayed with their mother while Alison stayed with their father.
The Carey family experienced racism and this brought so much tension that by the time Mariah was three, her parents divorced. She has a sister named Alison and a brother named Morgan, both of them are about ten years older than her. Mariah is the third and youngest child of Patricia Hickey, an opera singer of Irish ethnicity, and Alfred Roy Carey, a aeronautical engineer of Venezuelan of African decent. Mariah Carey has no middle name.
Carey was named after the song "They Call The Wind Mariah" from Paint Your Wagon. With 61 cumulative weeks at #1, she is also the artist with the second-most weeks spent at #1, beating the Beatles by two weeks and falling only behind Elvis Presley (80 weeks). She is also the only female artist to have a #1 song on the US charts in every year of the 1990s, the most Hot 100 #1's of any female artist in history, and also lays claim to only the second song in history ("Fantasy") to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first being Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone"), however her debut was more amazing as while "You Are Not Alone" managed only a week at the top, "Fantasy" spent 8 weeks at the top. She is famed to have a 5 octave vocal range.
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970 on Long Island, New York), who is one of the best selling female recording artist of all time, is an American pop music singer. 2005 "We Belong Together" (To Be Released). JD & Fatman Scoop) #16 US. 2005 "It's Like That" (f.
2004 "U Make Me Wanna" (with Jadakiss) #21 US. The Flipmode Squad) #3 US. 2003 "I Know What You Want" (with Busta Rhymes feat. 1994 "Endless Love" (with Luther Vandross) #2 US.
2003 "Bringin' On The Heartbreak #23 UK. Cam'ron) #17 UK. 2003 "Boy (I Need You)" (feat. 2002 "Through the Rain" #81 US, #8 UK.
2002 "Never Too Far/Hero Medley" (with Westlife) #4 Uk. Mystikal) #32 UK. 2001 "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" (feat. 2001 "Never Too Far".
2001 "Loverboy" #2 US, #12 UK. 2000 "Crybaby" #28 US, # 7 UK. 2000 "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)". 2000 "Against All Odds" (withWestlife) '#1' UK (Not released in the US).
Joe and 98 Degrees) #1 US, #10 UK. 2000 "Thank God I Found You" (feat. Jay-Z) #1 US, #5 UK. 1999 "Heartbreaker" (feat.
1999 "Do You Know Where You're Going To?". 1999 "I Still Believe" #4 US, #16 UK. JD) #18 US. 1998 "SweetHeart" (Feat.
1998 "When You Believe" (with Whitney Houston) #15 US, #4 UK. 1998 "Whenever You Call". 1998 "Breakdown". 1998 "The Roof".
1998 "My All" #1 US, #4 UK. 1997 "Butterfly" #12 US, #22 UK. 1997 "Honey" #1 US, #3 UK. 1996 "Underneath The Stars".
1996 "Forever" #9 US. 1996 "Open Arms" #10 US, #4 UK. 1996 "Always Be My Baby" #1 US, #3 UK. 1995 "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men) #1 US, #6 UK.
1995 "Fantasy" #1(Debut) US, #3 UK. 1994 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" #2 US. 1994 "Anytime You Need a Friend" #10 US #4 UK. 1994 "Without You" #3 US, #1 UK.
1994 "Hero" #1 US, #7 UK. 1993 "Dreamlover" #1 US, #9 UK. 1992 "If It's Over" #3 UK (Not released in the US). 1992 "I'll Be There" #1 US, #2 UK.
1992 "Make It Happen" #5 US, #17 UK. 1991 "Can't Let Go" #2(#1 R&B) US, #20 UK (1992 release). 1991 "Emotions" #1 US, #17 UK. 1991 "There's Got To Be A Way" #29 UK (Not released in the US).
1991 "I Don't Wanna Cry" #1 US. 1991 "Someday" #1 US, #38 UK. 1990 "Love Takes Time" #1 US, #37 UK. 1990 "Vision Of Love" #1 US, #9 UK.
2005 The Emancipation of Mimi (coming April 12). 2003 "The Remixes" #26 US, #35 UK; US Sales: 1 million (2 million--worldwide). 2002 Charmbracelet #3 US; US Sales: 2 million (6 million--worldwide). 2001 "Greatest Hits" #52 US; US Sales: 1 million(4 million--worldwide).
2001 Glitter #7 US, #10 UK; US Sales: 1 million (5 million--worldwide). 1999 Rainbow #2 US, #8 UK; US Sales: 3 million (12 million--worldwide). 1998 "#1's" #4 US, #10 UK; US Sales: 5 million (17 million--worldwide). 1997 Butterfly #1 US, #2 UK; US Sales: 5 million (17 million--worldwide).
1995 Daydream #1 US, #1 UK; US Sales: 10 million (25 million--worldwide). 1994 "Merry Christmas" #3 US, #32 UK; US Sales: 5 million (16 million--worldwide). 1993 Music Box #1 US, #1 UK; US Sales: 11 million (28 million--worldwide). 1992 "MTV Unplugged" #3 US, #3 UK; US Sales: 3 million (15 million--worldwide).
1991 Emotions #4 US, #4 UK; US Sales: 5 million (14 million--worldwide). 1990 Mariah Carey #1 US, #6 UK; US Sales: 9 million (18 million--worldwide).