Mariah Carey has been enthralling her fans since the release of her debut studio album Mariah Carey. In her 31 year music career, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter has collected an extensive list of rare and unreleased songs. Thanks to her compilation albums over the years, she has made those songs available to her fans worldwide. This body of work is truly a treasure and fans worldwide are here for it. One could actually compare this epic release to the finding of The Flying Dutchman’s treasure on those episodes of Spongebob Squarepants.
Today, the legendary icon graces the world with her eighth compilation album The Rarities.
Before the album’s release, Mariah’s memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey, hit stores worldwide. In this book, she describes her various experiences with abuse, infidelity, racism, her different marriages and more. In regards to knowing what domestic violence sounded like, here’s what she had to say: “By the time I was a toddler, I had developed the instincts to sense when violence was coming — As though I was smelling rain, I could tell when adult screaming had reached a certain pitch and velocity that meant I should take cover.”
She recalls numerous physical altercations, including her brother slamming her mother into a wall with such force, it sounded “like an actual gunshot.” Carey, then 6, called a family friend — “‘My brother really hurt my mother, and I’m home alone. Please come help.’” — who called the police. When they arrived, “One of the cops, looking down at me but speaking to another cop beside him, said, ‘If this kid makes it, it’ll be a miracle.’ And that night, I became less of a kid and more of a miracle.”
The Rarities, equipped with a total of 32 songs across a double disc, is filled with timeless music that’ll resonate with fans forever. There are also live versions of some of her classic hits such as “Emotions,” “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “One Sweet Day,” “Dreamlover,” “Vision of Love,” “Hero,” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
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