MARIAH LAUNCHES THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI: ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION AS "DON'T FORGET ABOUT US" HEADS TO TOP OF CHARTS
MARIAH SWEEPS THE 2005 VIBE AWARDS WINNING FOUR AWARDS: BEST ARTIST, R&B VOICE OF THE YEAR, R&B SONG OF THE YEAR - "WE BELONG TOGETHER," AND ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION CD EXPANDS WITH 4 EXTRA TRACKS
Mariah collects 4 nominations - the most by any artist - and opening performance on American Music Awards
(Nov. 14, 2005 - New York, NY) With her fourth single, "Don't Forget About Us," headed for the top of the charts, performer and songwriter Mariah Carey focuses her attention on the completion of THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI: ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION, the expanded new configuration of her quadruple-platinum Island Records album that arrives in stores November 15th, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION will recap all 14 tracks on THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, whose original version is tied as the highest certified record to date of 2005 according to the RIAA, and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. and over 6 million worldwide to date. The new CD will add four tracks: "Don't Forget About Us," which was #1 most-added at Pop, Rhythm and Urban radio formats; "So Lonely (One and Only Part 2)," Mariah's collab-o-ration with Twista (with a new extra verse written by Mariah); the remix of "We Belong Together" featuring Jadakiss and Styles P. (previously only available digitally online); and "Making It Last All Night (What It Do)," featuring Jermaine Dupri.
ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION is also available as a special deluxe limited edition two-disc (CD + DVD) package. The exclusive DVD will feature the full-length video clips of "It's Like That," "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off," and "Get Your Number" (featuring Jermaine Dupri, which will be making its U.S. debut on this DVD), a never-before-seen interview - "Mariah: In Her Own Words," plus a link to access the brand new video for "Don't Forget About Us."
ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION is the latest chapter in Mariah's 2005 juggernaut, which has earned her four nominations for this year's 33rd annual American Music Awards - the most nominations by any artist - including: Best Pop/Rock Female Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist, and Best Soul/Rhythm & Blues Album. The AMAs - Mariah's next scheduled tv appearance as the show's opening performer - will take place November 22nd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, broadcast by ABC-TV.
This week, UPN will air the 3rd annual VIBE Awards, where Mariah led the pack for a single album with four wins for The Emancipation of Mimi: Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, R&B Voice Of The Year, and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together." In other awards news, readers and fans are casting their votes for this year's 2nd Annual Seventeen magazine Entertainment Awards, for which Mariah is nominated as Favorite Female Artist, Best Comeback By An Artist, and 'The Track That Was On Every One Of Your Playlists': "We Belong Together." Teen People magazine has also named Mariah ARTIST OF THE YEAR in its year-end issue (Dec./Jan.).
While "We Belong Together" (which secured Mariah's place as the #1 most successful female artist of all time when it became her 16th song to top the Hot 100, where it stayed for 14 weeks) and "Shake It Off" (#1 for 3 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart, in a new remix with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy) continue to reverberate across all radio formats - "Don't Forget About Us" soared to #1 on AOL Music's Top 40 Song chart after world premiering via the AOL First Listen program and has been in the top 5 ever since. In addition, the video premiered online at Yahoo! Music and tallied over 1.2 million streams in the first week alone!
At radio, "Don't Forget About Us" - written by Mariah and co-produced with Jermaine Dupri - is over 80 million in audience, and was the #1 Greatest Gainer/Airplay last week. The video for "Don't Forget About Us" was shot last month in Los Angeles with famed director Paul Hunter. He last worked with Mariah back in 1997, on the clip for her #1 Pop/#1 Dance/#2 R&B smash "Honey" (from the 5x-platinum Butterfly album).
In early September, Mariah had the distinction of being the first female lead artist in the 47 years of the Billboard Hot 100 ever to occupy the #1 and #2 spots in the same week, with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off," respectively. The biggest single in the history of both Mariah and the Island Def Jam Music Group, "We Belong Together" hit an astonishing 14 weeks at #1. This positions Mariah as the only active artist with the potential to match or surpass the Beatles (with 20 #1's) and Elvis Presley (18 #1's) in the modern era.