Mariah Carey Holds Whistlestop Conference

  • Han Hyeon-woo / hwhan@chosun.com

    December 01, 2002 18:43

    Mariah Carey

    Pop superstar Mariah Carey arrived in Seoul, Saturday, for a second visit following appearing in the June 25 charity concert "Michael Jackson and Friends" in 1999, and held a news conference at the Marriot Hotel.

    Carey is promoting her new album "Charmbracelet" to be released on Dec. 3 and told reporters, after arriving from Japan, she was happy with fans warm welcoming her at the airport.

    Powered by 15 billboard number ones such as "I'll Be There" and "Hero," she has seen album sales of 150 million worldwide, an all time record for a female singer, and has been eight "Grammies" and names the 2002 Best Millennium Female Singer.

    Carey said, "The first single of new album 'Through the Rain' is a monologue about myself and a message of hope to the people in the world. I wrote the lyrics as for me writing is something like catharsis. I hope this song will motivate people."

    Since the 1997 album "Butterfly," she has added hip pop rhythm into her songs and has worked with hip pop musicians, including JZ for this new album. "I was born and grew up in New York listening to hip pop. It's natural for hip pop flowing into my melodies. However, I don't want people to categorize singers into a genre because I want to be a singer beyond many genres," she noted.

    On the new album, she sings a remake of "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" by UK heavy metal band Def Leppard. "Why not sing heavy metal? Songs with strong emotions are ok with me. I sang the remake my way."

    After singing her new single "Through the Rain" after meeting fans on music channel KMTV on Saturday, Carey left for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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