In the feature, Carey also touches on working with Jay-Z, Luther Vandross and more.
Mariah Carey has the most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100, in her newest feature with the publication, she breaks down her journey in the industry and what success look like. Included in her hefty list of accolades is the fact that she’s the sole artist who has spent the most time at No. 1 (79 weeks).
Additionally, according to Billboard for 23 years “One Sweet Day” her collaboration with Boyz II Men, “held or shared the record for most weeks spent atop the chart — until Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ came along.” Later in the in-depth profile, Carey also touched on her 18 No. 1 songs and her collaborations over the years.
On her collaborations:
“I’ve done a lot of different collaborations with all types of artists — ‘One Sweet Day,’ obviously. ‘Heartbreaker’ featuring Jay-Z was a really monumental No. 1 for me, because I was coming out of a certain era at Sony and figuring out what I was going to do from there. Even before that, when I collaborated with Luther Vandross on the remake of ‘Endless Love,’ it didn’t go to No. 1, but I learned so much from him.”
On songwriting and producing, then seeing her work reach the top of the charts:
“Songwriting and producing, being in the studio, that is my favorite thing on earth. When you see the video for “One Sweet Day,” for example — we came together as songwriters, and we documented the whole thing. The cameras were there. We wrote the song together, the whole thing that day. I mean, I don’t want to count years, but for it to be the longest-running No. 1 for, what was it, 23 years? It’s kind of an incredible accomplishment for me as a songwriter.”
On defining her own success:
“It means the same thing that it has always meant: You have to be able to sit back and say, “Wow, I had some success here, and let me not bask in it but at least be aware of it.” In the beginning of my career, it was so much about pushing forward and pushing through obstacles and adversity that I didn’t get to take in the moment that much.”
Head to Billboard to read the entire feature.
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