Spotted: Mariah Carey Is Big In Japan

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"Big in Japan" is usually a dismissive thing that people say in the music industry about artists who don't sell any records, the suggestion being that nobody knows them in their home country. Obviously, there are exceptions, and Mariah Carey is one of them. Her popularity in Japan is merely an extension of her worldwide ubiquity, and yesterday she touched town at the airport in Narita for the latest stop on her promotional tour of Asia in support of her new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The first single from said album, "Obsessed," is still floating just outside the Top 10 on the Billbaord Hot 100 after 14 weeks on the chart, and she just announced via Twitter that she has sold over 1 million copies of the single, which gives her a dozen for her career — more than any other female artist in history.

Carey wasn't the only star on the move yesterday, as actress and occasional Pete Yorn collaborator Scarlett Johansson showed up at the launch of Mango's Winter campaign and Mary J. Blige walked the carpet at the Stepping Out and Stepping Up event in New York. Click here for these photos plus the entire "Spotted!" archive, which features over 300 candid shots of Britney Spears, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert, Shakira and Rihanna!