(Los Angeles Sun)
Fans of pop superstar Mariah Carey, who debuts her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace from May 6-24 and again July 8-26, crashed the resort’s website Wednesday after she encouraged fans to read her cover story of its magazine Vegas Player.
Mariah has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and surpassed Elvis Presley as the top solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in America.
Fans by the thousands caused the website to freeze and then shut down. Caesars officials confirmed that for hours afterward when it went back online, it was experiencing a “very slow” situation and that they will have to reconfigure it for possible future overload.
Mariah told Vegas Player: “The power of music has guided me throughout my life. Revisiting these 18 chart-topping songs has really let me reconnect with them. I’m hoping fans will be able to share the joy of music with me and take that feeling home with them.”
She also said: “I take solace in music. Music was and will always be my saving grace. I’ve always tried to surround myself with music. There’s never been a moment when I didn’t believe that all things are possible.
“My mother always encouraged me to believe in myself. She would say, ‘Don’t say if I make it,” say, “When I make it.” I’ve always tried to infuse that message into my music.
“Every day is a new adventure, and I’m really thankful for the ability and strength to keep going. Life is a process of learning, and I’m still learning. As a songwriter, it’s almost impossible to explain the feeling you get when writing a melody or a lyric. It really is a gift that I’m eternally grateful for.
“I can be a perfectionist,” she laughed “But nobody is perfect. I’m very focused on each and every aspect of my career, and I guess I’ve just always been that way. That’s why I’m so excited about Las Vegas. I will be able to perform 18 No. 1 singles, which I’ve never done before. I can’t wait.”