|MonarC Entertainment/Island Records and Mariah
Carey Announce Honey B. Fly - the Official Mariah Carey Fan Club
Mariahcareyfanclub.com gives consumers value-added experience with opportunity to purchase premium pre-sale concert tickets and more
In an effort to offer a valued relationship between fans and artists, MonarC Entertainment/Island Records and Mariah Carey are launching Honey B. Fly - the official Mariah Carey Fan Club.
Set to launch today, Mariah's fans can join the official club online via her website mariahcareyfanclub.com. Membership costs $35 dollars annually in the U.S., and $45 dollars for members outside the U.S.
Fans who register through mariahcareyfanclub.com will receive an introductory letter from Mariah, an autographed photo, a membership card and an official fan club t-shirt. In addition, the consumer's connection with Mariah will be maintained through additional incentives, including live chats with her, access to rare and unreleased Mariah music and videos, along with early access to new music and videos. There will also be special fan club members' only contests, an exclusive message board and chat room, along with access to exclusive Mariah photos.
Upcoming offers for members also include the opportunity to purchase premium pre-sale concert tickets, exclusive ring tones for mobile phones, along with select Mariah merchandise (and discounts on general merchandise). Also available to fans are special desktop backgrounds, AIM icons, as well as a subscription to a fan club e-mail newsletter, among other offers.
About Honey B. Fly, Mariah Carey said, "I have such a close connection with my fans; they are like an extended family to me. Honey B. Fly is really a way for me to have personal contact and involvement with them worldwide."
"The Honey B. Fly Fan Club is a tremendous opportunity for Mariah's most avid fans to gain a more intimate relationship through a compelling online experience," said Larry Mattera, Vice President, New Media, The Island Def Jam Music Group. "Island Def Jam is constantly looking for new ways to help our artists offer value-added experiences to their fans. We are thrilled to launch this new platform with Mariah, and expect to partner with other members of our roster to launch fan clubs soon."
According to Jerry Blair, President, MonarC Entertainment, "Mariah has always had an amazing and personal relationship with her fans around the world. With the re-launch of mariahcarey.com, we have developed an incredible destination for her to remain in constant communication with hundreds of thousands of fans and visitors each month. The creation of the Honey B. Fly Fan Club is the natural progression to provide Mariah with yet another outlet to retain this uniquely intimate relationship. Our goal is to provide unparalleled content and information, and in the process redefine what it means to be a part of an artist's fan club. We've worked hand in hand with our partners at Island Def Jam to accomplish this goal, and are extremely excited to get up and running."
The Island Def Jam Music Group is home to a multi-cultural and diverse family of artists and has fast become one of the most successful labels in the industry. It is comprised of Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Def Soul, and is in partnerships with American Recordings, Lost Highway Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, Murder Inc, Bloodline Records, Java Records, Roadrunner Records and MonarC Music. In addition to Carey, the roster boasts an array of talented artists including Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Ludacris, Ashanti, Ryan Adams, Nickelback, Musiq, Slipknot, American Hi-Fi, Method Man, Hoobastank, Ja Rule, Sum 41, Slayer, Kelly Price, Saliva and DMX.
|From The Advocate (All rights reserved)
Mariah's gay adventure
LOOK, UNDER THE MIRROR BALL! It's a bird, it's a butterfly, it's Mariah Carey! Gay Londoners are still buzzing about the sultry songbird's recent surprise 3 A.M. performance at the Soho neighborhood hot spot G.A.Y. According to witnesses, Carey, clad in a slinky black dress, made her entrance on a pink chaise lounge carried by a bevy of buff male concubines sporting square-cut trunks and butterfly wings. She then proceeded to writhe and coo her way through a 30-minute set including such hits as "Butterfly" and "Boy (I Need You)." Reports of crowd reaction have been mixed, but according to syndicated columnist Liz Smith, Mariah was so thrilled with the outing that she plans to pop up at other gay hangouts before heading to Asia in June to kick off her world tour. Smith also claimed that it was the first time the singer reached out so exclusively to her gay fans.
|Mariah Interview - VH1
In 1997, Mariah Carey didn’t need to prove herself to anyone but herself. She had sold millions of records and tied Whitney Houston and Madonna for the most No. 1s by a female artist - all by the tender age of 27. But following the New York diva’s divorce from Tommy Mottola, the CBS exec who discovered her and shaped her career, there was a question in the air: could Mariah soar on her own? She told VH1 about how her troubled childhood, love for hip-hop, and sexy video led to Butterfly, and her greatest personal triumph so far.
VH1: Where did you get the inspiration for
the title Butterfly?
VH1: You originally wrote “Close My Eyes” four
years before Butterfly. How did it happen?
VH1: So the song could be about your career
VH1: What was it about this album that allowed
you to let all these emotions come out?
VH1: Tell me a little about your childhood,
and the things you learned too soon.
VH1: The song “Outside” is about never fitting
in. Did you draw on childhood memories for that?
VH1: Didn’t your name come from a song?
VH1: Was “Honey” written about anybody in particular?
VH1: Can a relationship with someone else fuel
VH1: Both “Honey” and “The Roof” were based
around loops of hip-hop records.
VH1: Were you afraid such an urban sound was
going to be too much of a departure for your fans?
VH1: Had hip-hop always been a presence in
VH1: The “Honey” video got a lot of people
VH1: Did your ex-husband Tommy Mottola know
what your plans were for Butterfly?
VH1: Did you miss having his input on the album?
VH1: I read when the album was released you
cried, like you lost a part of you.
VH1: With Butterfly did you transform from
a girl to a woman?
|From the Sunday Mirror
Mariah Carey 'I was a champion arm wrestler'
I'm getting out of the back seat of a chauffeur-driven car because I don't drive these days - I don't have a licence because I let it expire. I guess one day I'll have to take my driving test again, which is something I'm definitely not looking forward to.
I'm a big fan of sandy beaches. This is me in Florida recently, just relaxing and unwinding. I hung out with some friends, and we went swimming and had a laugh. I'm very critical of my body. People compliment me on my feet, so they must be OK, but that's about the only thing I like. I'd love to be one of those people who really don't care about their looks but I can only be like that when I'm in a bathing suit. When I'm working, I have to worry about every strand of hair.
Here I am on the island of Capri in Italy with some of the boys from Westlife. Capri is my favourite place in the world - I've been there for holidays several times and have also recorded there, including the cover of Against All Odds I did with Westlife. We had a great time working on the single, and I thought the boys were great. We also had an Irish connection going on as my mom's family is originally from Ireland.
I adore eating - and cooking. Linguine with white clam sauce is my speciality, and I make a really good chicken dish in a red pasta sauce. I always ask my date what he'd like, then cook that anyway. Home-cooked food is the best - hotels usually have disgusting food. And after you've been in as many as I have, it all tastes the same anyway.
This was about two years ago. I was on a promotional tour in London and decided to drop in on the US troops in Kosovo to bring them some cheer. I spent a full day with the soldiers - it was a great experience and a really busy day. I flew in a Chinook helicopter, which was a first for me, then joined the soldiers to eat lunch in the mess hall. Later I sang a few songs for them.
I love butterflies - not real ones, but my collection of things with butterfly designs on them. My friends keep giving me presents like butterfly hair clips and jewellery boxes. I like jewellery but I've only just got into it in the last couple of years. I'm not really flashy, and I didn't believe in it before then.
This was in Toronto on a rare day off from my current Charmbracelet tour. I just love rollercoasters. In fact, my perfect date would be to go to an amusement park - I love rides that really freak you out and scare you. It was so weird here, with people shouting, 'Mariah, Mariah' at me when I was trying to compose myself to drop 300ft.
Here's me with my dog Jack. He's a total delight and very, very cute. He is a Jack Russell and even has his own fans. There's this one great girl in Japan who comes to my concerts dressed up as Jack. She also has a complete website devoted just to him.
The beginning of a beautiful friendship. It was great performing with Whitney Houston. In this picture we were at the MTV Video Music Awards - I think it was about five years ago. See our matching black dresses? I said to Whitney, 'Nice dress.'
MY 'TOUGH GIRL' PIC
This is my high school photo from 11th grade. I was a scrapper when I was growing up, one of those girls that everybody used to think, "I'd better not mess with her" about. My brother was a karate black belt so he used to teach me how to fight when I was little. No girlie hair-pulling, but full-on moves. In sixth grade I was champion at arm wrestling, I beat all the guys bar two. I'm still pretty good.
Mariah is currently on her Charmbracelet world tour and will be visiting the UK from 25 October.
Mariah Carey Out with Sennheiser HS 1 Headset
Currently on her Charmbracelet tour, a Vegas-style musical variety showcase, Mariah Carey's audio crew chose Sennheiser RF microphone equipment, including a new Sennheiser Evolution 500 Series handheld mic and the Sennheiser HS 1 headset with ME 105 capsule.
Monitor engineer for this tour is Glen Colett, who started in the business as FOH engineer for Waylon Jennings in 1976 and spent 16 years mixing monitors for Bryan Adams. Explaining the need for the headset, he said, "Mariah does a 'fly gag' where she's placed up in a hoist. She comes down from the ceiling in this little basket and descends on top of the piano. She sings during the whole sequence."
On choosing the Sennheiser gear, Colett recalled, "It came in, we tried it and both the front-of-house engineer, Trip Khalaf, and I said, 'Wow, that sounds really nice!' We're using the tiny Sennheiser SK 5012 pack, which is awesome. It works great with the headset and sounds better than anything out there. What a great unit."
Carey relies on Sennheiser Evolution 500 Wireless Series microphones for most parts of her show. "The Evolution SK 500 handheld is paired with a custom dynamic capsule," explained Colett. "Carey's voice has a wide dynamic range so we needed the reduced sensitivity of a dynamic capsule to avoid bleed from other onstage sources during her soft passages. The construction of the SK 500 handheld transmitter afforded the ability to tune the capsule, which made the pairing ideal. This combination is just fantastic. It's working really well. We've got a couple of the mics with the second one modified for a little more high end."
Carey is joined onstage by a five-piece band and four backing singers, as well as dancers. "The entire band is on wireless in-ears apart from her," said Colett. "Carey is instead ringed by speaker wedges, which are bolstered by sidefills. All the wireless in-ears are the Sennheiser's Evolution 300 Series.
"We'll finish this one on November 7th and that'll be it," continued Colett, who reveals that he will then likely be back out on the road with one of his regular accounts, which include Bette Midler, Paul Simon and *NSYNC.
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