|Despite harsh reviews and weak box office for her big-screen starring vehicle, "Glitter," Mariah Carey has rebounded nicely. Her Greatest Hits double album arrives in stores December 4, the same day she releases her inspirational songs "Never Too Far" and "Hero" on a Christmas maxi-single with proceeds going to the New York City Police Foundation Heroes Fund.Still, it has been a tough few months for Mariah, with her breakdown and hospitalization, the "Glitter" experience and post-9/11 trauma that all of us have gone through. Now that things are getting back on track for her, Carey told David P. Levin that she's trying to take life easier ... and look out for #1.|
MTV: Let's talk about the Glitter album.
Mariah Carey: To me, Glitter is one of my best albums. A lot of people got confused, not knowing whether it was a soundtrack or an album or what. There's a song called "Lead the Way" which I did on "Ally McBeal," and it's coming out in January. I sang the song on [the show]. It's one of those ballads that basically everybody that's been following my career says reminds them of a "Vision of Love"-type record, and that's one of my favorite songs from the record. It also has fun, uptempo [songs]. The cool thing for me is to be able to tie in "Never Too Far" and "Hero." Having the Greatest Hits coming out, to be able to tie in both those records is almost like a circle.
MTV: The single that's being released for Christmas, how did that come about?
Mariah: I started doing different charity events where I did a combination of "Never Too Far" and "Hero." We made it into a medley and put them in the same key and made it work. People responded really well to it. It's been interesting for me, since the events of September 11, the way people have been playing "Hero" and really even talking to me about "Never Too Far," 'cause that song is also about loss. I figured that it would be a nice thing to do, to put them both out for Christmas. There's also an unreleased track on the B-side, which is called "There for Me" which kind of has the same sentiment. The proceeds from "Never Too Far" and "Hero" and "There for Me" are going to go to the Heroes Fund, and it's going to benefit police officers' families, relief workers' families.
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