It's Mariah Carey's Birthday!!
The "Songbird Supreme," The "Queen of Christmas,"rose to fame with her debut album Mariah Carey and quickly became the first artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, starting with "Vision of Love" and ending with "Emotions".
She gained further success with the albums Music Box and Daydream, whose singles "Hero", "Without You", "Fantasy", "Always Be My Baby", and "One Sweet Day", topped the US Billboard 100 decade-end chart and was the longest running number one song of the decade. She would leave Columbia records in 2001 and signed a $100 million deal with Virgin Records.
There Carey would endure a physical and emotional breakdown and the failure of the film Glitter and its soundtrack, which led to Virgin buying out her contract. She would sign with Island Records and return to the top of the charts with The Emancipation of Mimi, which became the best-selling album in the US in 2005. The single, "We Belong Together", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart and Billboard named it the "song of the decade". She would win a Breakthrough Actress Performance award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her role in Precious and would appear in the films The Butler, A Christmas Melody, and The Lego Batman Movie.
Mariah has sold over 220 million records worldwide, as Billboard named her the "top-charting female solo artist". She's been ranked the fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone and holds the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles by a solo artist with 19. Carey has 5 Grammys, 19 World Music Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 15 Billboard Music Awards and eight Guinness World Records.
Happy Birthday to the G.O.A.T.