ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MARIAH CAREY
In May of 1990, Long Island native Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album. The unmistakable power of her voice drives her first four singles to #1, and she never looks back. You literally can’t make it up because that’s the story of Mariah Carey, whose debut album arrived 30 years ago.
Carey began showcasing her phenomenal range on several TV appearances in 1990 to promote the album, including The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Good Morning America. “Vision of Love” was released as the first single in May of that year ahead of the album hitting stores. The song hit the Hot 100 chart in June, went #1 in the fall, and stayed in the spot for four weeks. Her next three singles from the album each went to #1; “Love Takes Time,” "Someday,” and" I Don't Wanna Cry” kept Carey at the top of the singles charts. The tune powered the album and Carey to four Grammy nominations in 1991; she won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.