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Here's the summary of Mariah's Album Career

Year Album Album Sales Certification No. of #1
1990 Mariah Carey 20 M (?) 9xplatinum

1992 Emotions 8 M 4xplatinum 1
1992 MTV Unplugged EP 5 M 3xplatinum 1
1993 Music Box 24 M 10xplatinum 2
1994 Merry Christmas 8 M 4xplatinum -
1995 Daydream 20 M (?) 9xplatinum 3
1997 Butterfly 5xplatinum 2
1998 #1's 8 M 4xplatinum -
1999 Rainbow 5 M 3xplatinum 1

Here's the summary of Mariah's # 1 Singles


Single Release Date Entry Date Highest Position No. of Weeks on Charts
1990 Vision of Love - 6/90 1 22
Love Takes Time - 9/90 1 26
Someday -




I Don't Wanna Cry -


1 19
1992 Emotions - 8/91 1 20
1992 I'll Be There - 5/92 1 20
1993 Dreamlover 7/27/93 8/93 1 29


10/93 1 30
1995 Fantasy 9/15/95 9/95 1 25
One Sweet Day


11/95 1(16)*


Always Be My Baby - - 1 -
1997 Honey - - 1 -
My All - - 1 -
1999 Heartbreaker - 9/29/99



 * ( ) - no of weeks on #1 position

Fascinating Facts....

-     Total number of # mariah album career 1 singles : 14

-     Daydream, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart

-    "One Sweet Day" her duet with Boyz II Men which, having spent 16 weeks at #1, still holds the record as the longest-running #1 single in history

-     With Daydream, she became the first female artist in history to have three studio albums to each sell in excess of eight million copies

-    In November 1998, Mariah released her #1's album, a collection of 13 of her chart-topping megahits as well as four brand-new bonus recordings: "When You Believe (from The Prince Of Egypt)," a duet with Whitney Houston; "Whenever You Call," a duet with Brian McKnight; "I Still Believe"; and "Sweetheart." 

-    "Heartbreaker," is her 6th chart-topping R&B single. 

-    Maria Carey has had more #1 singles than any female artist, surpassing both the Supremes (12) and Madonna (11), and more #1's than any currently active recording artist.

-     She has had more #1 singles (14) than any artist during the 1990s only behind from the Beatles (20) and Elvis Presley (17 or 18, depending on whether one counts "Don't Be Cruel" b/w "Hound Dog" as one or two records) and seen more singles (3) debut at #1 than any artist in history. 

-     With more #1 albums (4) than any female artist in the 1990's, Mariah was the first female artist to see two of her albums (Music Box and Daydream) reach the 10 million mark in sales and is the only female artist to have eight albums certified triple-platinum or better (in Mariah's case, her entire album catalog has achieved RIAA multi-platinum status).

-      In fact, Mariah Carey is the only artist to have had a #1 single for every year of the 1990's. The last decade to have an artist hit #1 every single year was the 1920's when Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra hit the top slot each year. (By the end of the 1920's, Whiteman had become a Columbia Records artist.) 

-     With the exception of Merry Christmas (from which there was no single release) and #1's (a collection of her first 13 chart-toppers), Mariah has hit #1 with the debut single from every one of her albums.

-      With the exception of her cover version of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," Mariah has co-written all of her #1's, including "Heartbreaker." With the exceptions of "I Don't Wanna Cry," "Someday," "Love Takes Time," and "Vision Of Love," Mariah has co-produced all of her chart-topping singles.

-      With first-week's sales of more than 271,000 singles, "Heartbreaker" gave Mariah the biggest first-week's sales of her career and her biggest one-week singles sales ever.   

-       As of September 1999, Mariah Carey had sold more than 120 million albums and singles worldwide and earned an astounding 84 RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications for her singles, albums, and videos. 

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