Articles 2004 - Heroes of Mariah

From BusinessWire (All rights reserved)
Creative Artists Agency Signs Mariah Carey
Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading talent and literary agency, has signed multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artist Mariah Carey for representation.

Carey's extraordinary career success stands as a testament to her exceptional talent. With 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards, she is the only artist to top the charts every year of the 1990's, pushing ahead of The Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop BILLBOARD'S Hot 100 Singles chart with "Heartbreaker." Her signature seven-octave range and her remarkable aptitude as a composer have driven her worldwide album and singles sales to well over 150 million records.

Carey has garnered several accolades throughout her career, some of which include two Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium."

She is currently working on her new album, a highly anticipated release under Island/Def Jam and MonarC, her own imprint, for later this year. A-list hit-makers and producers, including Kanye West, James Poyser, Swizz Beats, Scott Storch and R. Kelly, are contributing to this effort.

On the heels of receiving critical acclaim for her performance in WISEGIRLS, Carey is looking forward to pursuing additional acting opportunities. She is also working on an illustrated children's book that tells a meaningful story about a biracial orphan girl.

Benny Medina at Handprint Entertainment is her manager. Her attorney is Don Passman at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.

About CAA

Creative Artists Agency is a talent and literary agency with offices in Beverly Hills, Nashville and New York City. CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, and video games, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients. The agency serves as the access point through which artists, consumers and global brands intersect to create, acquire and sell entertainment properties, and to enrich entertainment and brand experiences. CAA has an equity relationship with Shepardson, Stern and Kaminsky, a strategic communications consulting firm. Youth Intelligence, a youth market research and trend forecasting company, is a division of CAA.

From Los Angeles Business Journal (All rights reserved)
Love song lands Carey in court
An appellate court has denied a petition by singer Mariah Carey to rehear a copyright infringement case regarding her 1999 hit "Thank God I Found You."

A three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell, who composed "One of Those Love Songs" for the now-defunct R&B Atlanta band Xscape. The composers claim that Carey's piece, which was released on her album "Rainbow" in November 1999, shares a similar chorus to their 1998 song and infringes their copyrights.

They also sued Carey's co-writers, James Harris II and Terry Lewis, their studio, Flyte Time Productions Inc., as well as publisher Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and affiliates Columbia Records, ATV Songs LLC, Rye Songs and EMI April Music.

The appellate panel reversed the decision of a U.S. District Court judge in L.A. in ruling the composers have enough evidence to bring a case against Carey. Key among that evidence is the testimony of the composers' expert, Robert Walser, chairman of the musicology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, the appellate ruling says.

"Walser admitted that the lyrics and verse melodies of the two songs differed 'clearly and significantly,' but stated that the two songs' choruses shared a 'basic shape and pitch emphasis' in their melodies,'" wrote Senior Circuit Judge William Canby Jr. "Walser also noted that it was a "suspicious coincidence' that the two songs' choruses were both sung in B flat" and that "measures five through seven of each chorus were 'almost exactly' the same as the first three measures of each chorus."

In its Aug. 24 ruling, the appellate panel also denied Carey's petition to re-hear the case, which goes to trial in U.S. District Court in L.A. if Carey does not petition the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Thank God I Found You" was No. 1 on Billboard's pop singles in February 2000. It was Carey's 15th No. 1 hit and one of Sony Music's biggest hits for that year, according to Billboard magazine. "One of Those Love Songs" was released on Xscape's 1998 album. "Traces Of My Lipstick."


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