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Carey has racked up a whopping 18 number one Billboard singles, the most for any solo artist in history (and second only to The Beatles.) Her hits have spent a total of 79 total weeks at number one. Hits like “Fantasy” “One Sweet Day” and “Honey” helped to make that happen. making her the artist with the most number-one debuts in the chart's 52-year history.[
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When Carey released Merry Christmas in 1994 it became an instant classic. It has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and is the best selling Christmas album of all time.
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Carey’s 1994 single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become a modern Christmas classic. In 2012 it became the bestselling holiday ringtone of all time and the first holiday ringtone to be certified double-platinum in the U.S. The digital track has been downloaded over 2-million times.
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Billboard declared Carey’s 2008 smash hit “We Belong Together” as the most popular song of the 2000s decade. It’s ranked ninth on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs chart.
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Released in 1995, romantic Carey-Boyz II Men collaboration "One Sweet Day" spent 16 sweet weeks at number one.
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Mimi hit the scene in the late 1980’s as a backup singer for dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr, who eventually handed her demo tape to Tommy Mottola of Columbia Records.
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In 2009, Mimi sang “Hero” at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and rubbed shoulders in the VIP area with bigwigs including Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen.
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From creating bags and footwear, to jewelry and fragrances, Mariah Carey is a fashionable entrepreneur.
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Carey spent 79 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 list. She and Elvis Presley are the only artists with the most weeks at number one in Billboard chart history.
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Remember when news of “dem babies” broke? Carey and ex-hubby Nick Cannon’s adorable twins, Monroe and Moroccan became instant #wombfire’s thanks to mom and dad’s “dem babies” hashtag.
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