Daydream Believer

The outrageously successful singer talks to B&S about her new "Daydream" album; working alongside some of the industry's most prestigious names and her ever increasing maturity. Jeff Lorez puts his tongue and eyes back long enough to complete the interview.

Blues & Soul (UK) October 24, 1995. Text by Jeff Lorez.

The record company biography states that since her debut in 1990, Mariah Carey has sold 60 million records worldwide, a third of those in the last two years. That's a lot of records and a helluva lot of money. Make no mistake about it, Mariah Carey is big business. Amongst the biggest business Sony Music has. Forget the fact that she's married to the main man at her record company — people can't be forced to buy records and buy hers in the droves they have. Since her eponymously titled debut and on through the brilliant "Emotions" (in my opinion, an album yet to be matched), the EP "MTV Unplugged," '93's "Music Box" and last year's "Merry Christmas" (which actually sold 8 million copies worldwide), Mariah's appeal seems to be the fact that she leans noticeably towards R&B/soul but not so much as to alienate a large MOR/across the board audience who are drawn to the obvious pop/commerciality of cuts such as "Dreamlover" and the sugary power ballad, "Hero" from her last album. Add the fact that she could probably sing the phone book and make it sound soulful, is very easy on the eye and her racial ambiguity must be a marketing person's dream and you could be forgiven