If you were to look up Mariah Carey's music career in the dictionary, it would appear under the word "tumultuous". After struggling throughout the 80s to get anyone to listen to the demo she recorded while working multiple jobs in New York, she finally caught the attention of Brenda K. Starr, who introduced her to the "right" people. At the urging of Ms. Starr, Mariah Carey handed her demo to Columbia Records executive, Tommy Mottola, during a party. He spent two weeks tracking her down, and signed her immediately. She dominated the charts throughout the 90s, with her debut album remaining at #1 for eleven weeks. Her second album, rushed through production and released just a year later, was less successful, though the recording of her "MTV Unplugged" appearance went triple-Platinum. She went on to release three more massively successful albums, and she recorded "One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men. "One Sweet Day" remained at #1 for sixteen weeks, the longest period a song has remained at the top of the charts ever. She also married Tommy Mottola.
Then things started to go downhill. Her next two albums, while successful, were not the pop juggernauts of her early career. She wanted more creative control. The label did not want to give it to her. They were less willing to promote her work, and sales began to slow. As her relationship with Columbia began to fall apart, so did her relationship with her husband, and she separated from both in the early 2000s. She signed with Virgin Records in 2001, and things went from bad to worse. Under Virgin, she basically fell apart, was hospitalized, disappeared for an extended period of time, and her only project under the label, "Glitter", a film and soundtrack, was panned by critics, and largely ignored by the public. She signed with Island/Def Jam a few years later, and over the course of 2003 and 2004, the label carefully shepherded her through a career comeback. Her tenth album, "The Emancipation of Mimi", proved that their strategy had worked. It became the top selling album by a female in 2005, and sold nearly 8 million copies worldwide. Since then, she has continued to remain musically relevant and popular, and she married singer, actor, and host, Nick Cannon. She also gave birth to twins, and bought a LOT of property. Most recently, she quietly placed one of those homes on the market.
Mariah Carey's house in the Bahamas is on sale for $5.5 million. A four-part compound, Mariah Carey's house is actually a series of pavilions that surround a central courtyard. There are 4,000 square feet of indoor space, and 3,500 square feet of outdoor space for enjoying the gorgeous Bahamian weather. Called "Villa Sea Lily", the property also includes a 40-foot pool, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wrap-around terrace. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, spread out around the pavilions, and each pavilion has its own wetbar. Located on the very exclusive island, Windermere, Mariah Carey's house is a clear indication that her particular star is still firmly planted in the stratosphere.