Mariah Carey is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Renowned for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, Carey is referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records. She rose to fame in 1990 after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the US Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks.
In 1993, Carey married Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, who signed her to Columbia. She achieved worldwide success with follow-up albums Music Box, Merry Christmas, and Daydream. These albums spawned some of Carey's most successful singles, including "Hero", "Without You", "All I Want for Christmas Is You", "Fantasy", "Always Be My Baby", as well as "One Sweet Day", which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks and became Billboard's Song of the Decade. After separating from Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and incorporated more elements of hip hop into her music with the release of Butterfly.