With 18 No. 1 singles to her credit, R&B songstress Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist in the history of popular music. The 45-year-old Carey recently returned to the Sony music family, where she got her start as a precocious 20-year-old, and the label celebrates the move with career-spanning compilation “#1 to Infinity.” It’s the first time her 18 No. 1 singles have been available on a single disc.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back together again with Mariah,” says Antonio “L.A.” Reid, chairman/CEO of Sony imprint Epic Records. “There is really no one who comes close to Mariah as both a songwriter and a singer, as the world knows, her vocal range is legendary and truly incomparable. With a fierce and loyal fan base that covers every corner of the globe, I have no doubt Mariah will do it again.”
My favorite Carey tune remains her breakthrough first single, 1990’s “Vision of Love,” and it fittingly launches the chronological set. Additional highlights of the 19-track, 80-minute release include “Love Takes Time,” “Emotions,” “Dreamlover,” “Hero,” “One Sweet Da” (with Boyz II Men), “Honey,” “Heartbreaker” (featuring Jay-Z), “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body.” The album closes with what figures to be her 19th No. 1 single, toe-tapping new tune “Infinity.” All hail the queen. (Jeffrey Sisk)