Mariah Carey's Latest No. 1? Her Bestselling Memoir

Mariah Carey attends the premiere of Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace” at Metrograph on January 13, 2020, in New York City.
Mariah Carey attends the premiere of Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace” at Metrograph on January 13, 2020, in New York City.
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She’s the songbird with the voice that gives butterflies, but Mariah Carey’s latest hit is of the literary variety: Her recently released and much-buzzed-about memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is No. 1 for nonfiction on the New York’s Times Bestsellers Print Hardcover list.

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The news broke on Wednesday night (when many of us were distracted by the performance of another talented woman of color), and Carey quickly tweeted in celebration of the triumph, writing:

Wow. Stunned, humbled & grateful. Writing this memoir nearly consumed my life for the last three years. ❤️U MAD. to everyone who has taken the time to read my story & make this dream a reality. It almost makes it tolerable to have lived through these experiences! LOL

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“The book, which details Carey’s romantic travails, her career ups and downs, the racism she experienced as a biracial child and much more, hit stores last week,” Billboard reminds us.

While some (seemingly including the magazine) may have thought the “UMAD” in Carey’s tweet was a jab at her detractors, it was no doubt a shoutout to her co-writer, veteran journalist, stylist and fashion activist Michaela Angela Davis, who helped bring Carey’s revealing and, at times, painful life story to the masses. (Davis is also known to many of her friends and followers as MAD—so Carey was essentially tweeting “Love u MAD.”)

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Of working through Carey, Davis wrote: “There is beauty even through bleakness...celebrated like the family we have become.”

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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