WITH her 18th chart-topper Touch My Body, Mariah Carey (pictured) has passed Elvis Presley for the most No 1 singles on the Billboard singles chart, and is now second only to the Beatles.
But while the diva was in full celebration mode after learning of her latest milestone, she was also quick to put her accomplishment in perspective.
â€œI really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionised music but also changed the world,â€ Carey told the Associated Press on Tuesday via phone from London. â€œThatâ€™s a completely different era and time … Iâ€™m just feeling really happy and grateful.â€
Careyâ€™s single is the new No 1 single on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 singles chart: The song also is No 1 on the trade magazineâ€™s digital download chart thanks to a precedent-setting 286 000 downloads in its debut week. She had been tied with Presley with 17 No 1 singles; the Beatles are the all-time leaders with 20. (Madonna also beat a Presley record this week, surpassing the King for the most top 10 hits with her 37th for her hit 4 Minutes.) Carey said being in such company was gratifying not only because of her personal success, but what it meant for women and minorities.
â€œFor me, in my mind the accomplishment is just that much sweeter,â€ she said. â€œIn terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider, always feeling different … for me itâ€™s about saying, â€˜Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me offâ€™.â€
Touch My Body is the first single off of Careyâ€™s upcoming album EMC2, due out April 16. It is the follow-up to her Grammy-winning disc The Emancipation of Mimi, released in 2005, that yearâ€™s best-selling album with five million copies sold; it marked a huge comeback for the multiplatinum superstar after personal and professional setbacks.
Carey (38) said this is the most enjoyable point of her nearly two-decade old career, and thatâ€™s her priority these days, not trying to set sales records or even making pop history.
â€œIâ€™ve gone through enough of my life worrying about that kind if thing,â€ said Carey.
â€œI want to encourage anyone else out there who feels like maybe they canâ€™t overcome an obstacle, I feel like Iâ€™m living proof … never lose your faith,â€ she added. â€œIâ€™m seriously a grateful individual right now.â€ â€” AFP.