Jan 08 2005

MARIAH SHATTERS BDS 1-WEEK HOT 100 AUDIENCE RECORD WITH 202.1 MILLION LISTENERS FOR "WE BELONG TOGETHER"!


The sky's the limit for performer and songwriter Mariah Carey - who has become the first artist to break the 200 million one-week BDS Hot 100 audience barrier with
We Belong Together (with 202.1 million listens), breaking her own BDS Hot 100 audience record (of 192.3 million, two weeks ago), it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.


We Belong Together, shattered yet another record as the single gathered the largest one-day audience total ever in BDS history yesterday - 32.8 million. At the same time, Mariah's still-new Island Def Jam album, THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, certified RIAA double-platinum, stays in the top 5 for a 10th consecutive week (#5 up to #4 bullet), after peaking at #1 twice, in April and again in June.

Mariah, who lit up the MTV Movie Awards 2 weeks ago, will perform in London's Hyde Park on July 2nd as part of the lineup of Live 8: The Long Walk To Justice. The once-in-a-lifetime all-star event, organized by Sir Bob Geldof on the 20th anniversary of the Live Aid concerts, will present concerts in London, Cornwall, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Johannesburg, and Philadelphia on the eve of the international G8 Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. Further information is available at www.live8live.com.

Two nights later, back in the USA, Mariah will be the exclusive headliner for NBC television's Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks® Spectacular, the country's largest Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, the annual one-hour special will feature just one musical performer, as Mariah celebrates the nation's 229th birthday. Her half-hour set will include We Belong Together, America The Beautiful, Shake It Off, and some surprises!

We Belong Together - already named the biggest single in the HISTORY of both Mariah and the Island Def Jam Music Group - secured her place as the #1 most successful female artist of all time when it became her 16th song to top the Billboard Hot 100. This positions Mariah as the only active artist with the potential to surpass the Beatles (with 20 #1's) and Elvis Presley (18 #1's) in the modern era. (With 66 total weeks of #1 hits since 1990, Mariah also ranks 2nd only to Elvis, with 80 weeks.) We Belong Together is also Mariah's 5th #1 at the Mainstream Top 40 format, the most by any artist on that chart; and moves from #3 up to #2 on the Digital Songs chart, with 43,970 scans.

Last week, We Belong Together, written by Mariah and co-produced by her with Jermaine Dupri, became the first song to top 1 million BDS spins in a week at Yahoo's LAUNCHcast online radio. In addition, for a 4th week in a row, it stays #1 at Yahoo! on both its Music Video Plays chart and LAUNCHCast Plays chart, also an all-time record at Yahoo! Music. At AOL Music, the track has been in the #1 position for 9 consecutive weeks on the AOL Song Chart and is also #1 on the overall AOL Radio chart. The next single from MIMI is
Shake It Off, written by Mariah and co-produced by her with Jermaine Dupri. This week, Mariah is filming the video for the single, directed by Jake Nava.

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