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(born March 27, 1970) is an
. Under the guidance of
, Carey released her self-titled debut
in 1990; it went multi-platinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles on the U.S.
chart. Following her marriage to Mottola in 1993 and success with hit records
(1994), Carey was established as Columbia's highest-selling act.
(1995) made music history when its second single "
One Sweet Day
", a duet with
Boyz II Men
, spent a record sixteen weeks on top of the
Hot 100, and remains the longest-running number-one song in U.S. chart history. During the recording of the album, Carey began to deviate from her R&B and pop beginnings and slowly traversed into hip hop. This musical change became evident with the release of
(1997), at which time Carey had separated from Mottola.
Carey left Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with
. Before the release of her first feature film
(2001), she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. Following the film's poor reception, she was bought out of her recording contract for $50 million, which led to a decline in her career. She signed a multi-million dollar contract deal with
in 2002, and after an unsuccessful period, returned to the top of music charts with
The Emancipation of Mimi
(2005). Its second single "
We Belong Together
" became her most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named "Song of the Decade" by
. Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received starring role in
(2009); she was awarded the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the
Palm Springs International Film Festival
NAACP Image Award
In a career spanning over two decades, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the
best-selling music artists
of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the
World Music Awards
. Carey was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. According to the
Recording Industry Association of America
, she is the third
best-selling female artist
in the United States, with 63.5 million
albums. With the release of "
Touch My Body
" (2008), Carey gained her eighteenth number one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, Carey was ranked second on
's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five
s, 17 World Music Awards, 11
American Music Award
s, and 31
Billboard Music Award
s. Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the
Guinness World Records
, she is famed for her five-octave
tic style and signature use of the
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