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Mariah: What makes a number one?

Published 19/05/2015

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey didn't understand the difference between singles and albums when she started out.

The singer holds the record for the most number one tracks by a solo artist, having topped the US chart 18 times. Although she loves having that to her name, it took the star a little while to understand what it really meant.

"I never even knew what a number one was, I thought all my favourite songs were number one records growing up. That's why when they said, 'Oh Vision of Love [her first song to top the charts] is gonna be the single,' I didn't even really understand single vs album... I knew, like, the song that gets played on the radio and gets the video made, that would be the single but I wasn't one of those people that watched the Grammys, the American Music Awards. I mean I did on those big occasions as a kid growing up when we see Michael Jackson... (sic)," Mariah told US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

The Beatles are still the all-time record holders thanks to their 20 number ones. Mariah insists she isn't trying to beat them though, stating the iconic British group are in a league all of their own.

The star is busy at the moment, having kicked off a residency in Las Vegas which sees her sing every track of hers which has taken the top spot in chronological order. Unfortunately she recently had to cancel a performance because of bronchitis, but that did give her time to catch up on TV.

"I watch different shows. I watch Scandal, I was loving How to Get Away with Murder - I can't wait for that to come back on. I definitely don't watch Wives with Knives, for a lot of reasons," Mariah, who is separated from her husband Nick Cannon, deadpanned.

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