better overall career Mary J.Bliege or Mariah Carey?

Mary J. Blige Covers 'Stairway to Heaven'

Mary J. Blige Covers 'Stairway to Heaven' With All-Star Group
Posted on Feb 3rd 2010 5:35PM by Charley Rogulewski


R&B queen Mary J. Blige is making new friends inside Studio A at Hollywood's iconic Capitol Records building. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is hitting the drums, Michael Jackson's former touring guitarist Orianthi and legendary rocker Steve Vai, who Blige calls "my friend with all the hair," are shredding their guitars and her old pal, 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, is playing bass. To bring all the motley music genres in the room full circle, Blige is belting out the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven.'

"I think this song is not hard at all because it's based on pure emotion," Blige tell Spinner after a couple of takes. "You gotta get lost in the rock 'n' roll moment of it all, and once you get lost in the rock 'n' roll moment of it all you can do is scream to the top of your lungs or go as low as you need to go. It's not a head thing -- it's a spirit thing."

"In a room full of people, we were all asked what we thought the song was about and no one knew," Barker admits of one of the world's most renowned rock songs. "How Mary interprets the song -- she feels a stairway to heaven is how women might buy a bunch of things to make them feel like they are in heaven or in peace with all these materialistic things -- and then going back and looking at the words, I think she nailed it."

Blige is no stranger to "nailing" a classic rock cover song. Days earlier she appeared onstage at the 52 Annual Grammy Awards with maestro Andrea Bocelli on a duet of Simon and Garfunkel's mellower 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' and her acclaimed 2005 comeback album 'The Breakthrough' boasted a cover of 'One.' "It really made people want me to do more of it," she says of her mash-up with Bono and co. "I think it's something special." Blige's makeover of 'Stairway to Heaven' will appear as one of the bonus tracks on the overseas release of her latest album, 'Stronger With Each Tear.'

As for a duet with Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, whose recent Grammy-winning project 'Raising Sand' with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss proves he has a talent for collaborating with female vocalists, Blige says, "I wouldn't mind, if he doesn't mind." Blige then adds, "Whole Lotta Love' is crazy! Whoo!'
Mariah is more successful but between the two I relate more with Mary.
I am not a big fan of Mary but I give it up to her because she has more passion and her music is deeper. Than again, a puddle is deeper than Mariah's music. I know that wasn't very nice to say but I've been waiting and waiting for something semi-deep from Mariah and all I've gotten over the past 15 years is butterflies and rainbows. Ever since Mariah split from Tommy, her image and music went to crap (imho). The school girl lyrics are fine and fun every once in a while but when you hit 40 and still haven't managed to pull out some a little deeper and darker... I don't know... what else can I say??? Mariah certainly has talent but I think it's more to do with her voice (well, past voice cuz modern Mariah can't hold anything above a whisper for long) than the music.

Yeah, I give it to Mary.
Of course, Mariah has been way more successful than Mary has been and ever will be and the name Mariah Carey will go down in overall pop history more recognizably. But, when it comes down to R&B history, Mary will hold her own, which Mariah may admire.

In terms of the catalog, I'd choose Mary over Mariah. Mary been getting decent songs more consistently, while Mariah's been all over the place. Also, the way Mariah go around wearing revealing clothes and acting like a naive 20-something woman don't help her image that is related to the overall impression of her music.
even though it prefer mary and dont like mariah much bar the dream lover era u defo have to say mariah hands down WW mariah wins by a mile mary j is hardly know outside of the usa and R&B music.
Mariah Carey's Rap Collaborations to Be Honored at VH1 Hip Hop Honors

9/11/2017 by Carl Lamarre Billboard

On Sept. 18, Mariah Carey will be honored at VH1's Hip Hop Honors: The '90s Game Changers for her impeccable run in the celebrated decade with some of rap's biggest names, including JAY-Z, Nas, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and more.

Aside from Carey, revered comedian and actor Martin Lawrence will also serve as an honoree for this year's Hip Hop Honors. The event will be hosted by actress Regina Hall, who made a massive splash this year with her star-studded movie Girls Trip. On the performance side, Missy Elliott will grace the stage after watching as a spectator last year when she, Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa were honored for their careers.

Aside from celebrating hip-hop's foray into mainstream culture, VH1 will honor those affected by Hurricane Harvey and will provide viewers opportunities to contribute. The '90s block party will take place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Sept. 17, while the show airs Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. EST.
Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100 After 25-Year Wait

12/16/2019 | by Gary Trust | Billboard
It's the first holiday hit to reign since "The Chipmunk Song" in 1958-59.

Completing a journey 25 years in the making, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, jingling 3-1 on the chart dated Dec. 21, 2019.

Originally released in 1994 on Carey's album Merry Christmas, the modern classic reached the Hot 100's top 10 at last in December 2017 and rose to its prior No. 3 high last holiday season (and matched the rank last week).

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (Dec. 17).

Let's unwrap the many highlights of the Hot 100's new No. 1. The song, on Columbia/Legacy Records, is the 1,095th leader in the chart's 61-year history.

Streams, sales & airplay: "Christmas" tops the Streaming Songs chart for a second consecutive week, and third total frame, after a week at No. 1 last holiday season, up 30% to 45.6 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 12, according to Nielsen Music.

It also takes over at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, gaining by 185% to 27,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 12. The song previously led the list dated Dec. 24, 2005.

On Radio Songs, "Christmas" climbs 32-27, improving by 11% to 34.4 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 15.

First holiday No. 1 on Hot 100 in 61 years: Carey's "Christmas" is the second holiday No. 1 ever on the Hot 100, joining The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59. (Seville, real name Ross Bagdasarian Sr., wrote the latter and performed all voices of the cartoon characters.)

Notably, for several years in the Hot 100's history (1963-72; 1983-85, barring occasional exceptions), holiday songs were not eligible to chart, instead appearing on separate holiday rankings.

Carey's 19th Hot 100 No. 1: Carey adds her 19th Hot 100 No. 1, extending her record for the most among soloists.
She also moves to within one of The Beatles' overall-record 20 Hot 100 No. 1s.

The acts with the most Hot 100 No. 1s, dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception: The Beatles (20), Carey (19), Rihanna (14), Michael Jackson (13), and Madonna and The Supremes (12 each).

80th week at No. 1:
Carey collects her record-extending 80th total week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The top five acts who've spent the most weeks at the summit: Carey (80), Rihanna (60), The Beatles (59), Boyz II Men (50) and Drake (49).

Of Carey's 19 Hot 100 No. 1s, she spent the most time in the top spot with "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men: a then-record 16 weeks, in 1995-96. The ballad solely held the mark for the most weeks at No. 1 until Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, matched its reign in 2017. This August, Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rewrote the record, dominating for 19 weeks.

New record span of No. 1s:
"Christmas" grants Carey the record for the longest span of Hot 100 No. 1s: 29 years, four months and two weeks, dating to her first week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with "Vision of Love."

Carey passes Cher, whose solo No. 1s span 27 years and five months, from "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" (from its first week at No. 1 on Nov. 6, 1971) through "Believe" (through its last week on top on April 3, 1999). (If Cher's career as half of duo Sonny & Cher were combined with her solo output, her No. 1 span would cover 33 years, seven months and two weeks, from Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe," which reached the top in August 1965, through "Believe.")

No. 1s in the '90s, '00s & '10s:
Carey joins an elite club of acts with Hot 100 No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s & 2010s. Its previously-inducted members: Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Usher. Aguilera tallied one No. 1 in the '90s, three in the '00s and one in the '10s; Spears scored one in the '90s and two each in the '00s and '10s; and Usher led once in the '90s, seven times in the '00s and once this decade.

Carey's decade-by-decade breakout: 14 No. 1s in the '90s, four in the '00s and now one in the '10s. Notably, no act has ever logged time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in four distinct decades, consecutively or otherwise. Thus, if "Christmas" is No. 1 on the chart dated Jan. 4, two weeks from now, Carey would become the first artist to achieve the honor.

11 years between No. 1s: With "Christmas," Carey tops the Hot 100 for the first time since April 19, 2008, when her 18th No. 1, "Touch My Body," spent its second of two weeks on top. Her 11-year and eight-month gap between No. 1s marks the longest since Dr. Dre went 12 years, two months and three weeks between his featured turn on Blackstreet's "No Diggity" in 1996 and "Crack a Bottle," with Eminem and 50 Cent, in 2009.

Among artists in lead roles on both book-ending hits, Carey ends the longest No. 1 drought since Cher, whose "Believe" hit the top spot 10 days shy of 25 years since she'd last led with "Dark Lady" in 1974.

Record longest trip to No. 1:
As noted in December 2017, when Carey's then-23-year-old "Christmas" rose 11-9, the carol completed the longest journey to the top 10 from a song's release. Now, it wraps the most scenic route to No. 1, at over 25 years.

Among other songs that took time to reign in various forms, Elton John's Princess Diana tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997" ruled for 14 weeks in 1997-98 after he'd originally recorded the song (as a Marilyn Monroe ode) in 1973; it first reached the Hot 100 as a live version, hitting No. 6 in 1988. Plus, John sent the original "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to No. 2 in 1974, before its live update, with George Michael, rose to No. 1 in 1992.

Considering remake-related examples, Los Lobos' "La Bamba" led in 1987, after Ritchie Valens' original had hit No. 22 in 1959, and earlier this year, Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" spent eight weeks it No. 1; the song credits, among its 10 writers, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, as it contains a portion of "My Favorite Things," written by the pair 60 years earlier.

At 35 total Hot 100 weeks to No. 1, "Christmas" also breaks the record for most weeks on the chart until reaching the summit. It passes Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," which took 33 chart weeks in 1995-96; it first reached No. 45 in September 1995, departed the survey for four months in January-May 1996 and ascended to No. 1 for its first of 14 weeks on top that August. As for the 35 weeks on the Hot 100 for "Christmas".

'Christmas' on the Hot 100:
Let's recount further details behind a song from 1994 just hitting the Hot 100's top spot for the first time 25 years later.

Upon its initial release, on Carey's album Merry Christmas (released on Nov. 1, 1994, coincidentally, the 100th anniversary of the first Billboard magazine, dated Nov. 1, 1894), the song was not a commercially-available single and, per rules at the time, was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100; it did reach No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart that season. In December 1998, album cuts became eligible for the Hot 100 and "Christmas" dented the chart for the first time on Jan. 8, 2000, spending a week at No. 83.

Beginning in 2012, and coinciding with the addition of streaming to the Hot 100's formula, the song has hit the Hot 100 annually, as, per current rules, older songs are eligible to debut or return if ranking in the top 50 and are gaining in multiple metrics with a significant reason for their resurgences.

25th anniversary boost: The song's profile has risen this year, with Carey releasing a 25th-anniversary edition of Merry Christmas; a new video, featuring previously unreleased footage; and a new CD single, marking the song's first-ever release as a stand-alone commercial single. (For two days in the tracking week ending Dec. 12, Carey sold CD singles of "Christmas" on her website, available for pre-order with consumers receiving a download upon purchase.)

Carey's first seven Billboard 200 entries have now generated at least one Hot 100 No. 1 each:
"Christmas" parent album Merry Christmas sports a Hot 100 No. 1 at last, retroactively making for an impressive streak for Carey, as her first seven entries on the Billboard 200 have now all generated at least one Hot 100 leader each.

Here's a recap of Carey's first seven charted titles on the Billboard 200 and their amount of Hot 100 No. 1s: Mariah Carey, 1990 (four); Emotions, 1991 (one); MTV Unplugged, 1992 (one); Music Box, 1993 (two); Merry Christmas, 1994 (one); Daydream, 1995 (three); and Butterfly, 1997 (two).

Carey's eighth Billboard 200 appearance was VH1 Divas Live, with Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin and Shania Twain, followed by her best-of # 1's, neither of which generated any Hot 100 No. 1s. Her next entry, 1999's Rainbow, produced two No. 1s, while 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi (two) and 2008's E=MC2 (one) combine to give Carey 10 albums that have generated Hot 100 leaders. (Reflecting both her sustained success and the odyssey to the top for her latest leader, Carey logged 10 Hot 100 No. 1s after releasing "Christmas," from "Fantasy" in 1995 through "Touch My Body" in 2008.)

Writers & producers: Carey wrote and produced "Christmas" with Walter Afanasieff. She adds her 18th Hot 100 No. 1 as a writer, having co-written all of her leaders except her 1992 remake of Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." She notches her 14th No. 1 as a producer.

Afanasieff achieves his fourth Hot 100 No. 1 as a writer, following co-writes of Carey's "Hero," "One Sweet Day" and "My All." He earns his 11th leader as a producer, following his work on Carey's "Love Takes Time," "I'll Be There," "Dreamlover," "Hero," "One Sweet Day" and "My All," as well as Michael Bolton's "When a Man Loves a Woman"; Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle's "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)"; Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"; and Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You."

No. 1 Holiday 100:
Along with its new Hot 100 reign, "Christmas" concurrently tops the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 38th total week, of the 43 overall frames in the chart's history, dating to its 2011 inception.

Find out more Hot 100 news on, including a rundown of the rest of the top 10. Plus, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit tomorrow (Dec. 17), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

book/audiobook release: September 29, 2020

It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me.

This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side.

Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit.
Neither, Mariah Carey isn't that good of an overall artist and Mary J Blige has a terrible voice.