Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey
The success of "Endless Love" encouraged Richie to branch out into a fully-fledged solo career in 1982. His debut, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores. In 1983, he released Can't Slow Down, which catapulted him into the first rank of international superstars, eventually selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. The set also won two Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year. It spawned the number 1 hit "All Night Long", a gently rhythmic dance number that was promoted by a startling video, produced by Michael Nesmith. Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was "Hello", a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Now described by one critic as "the black Barry Manilow", Richie wrote and performed a suitably anodyne theme song, "Say You, Say Me", for the movie White Nights - winning an Oscar for his pains. He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are The World" by USA For Africa. In 1986, he released Dancing On The Ceiling, another phenomenally popular album that produced a run of US and UK hits. The title track, which revived the sedate dance feel of "All Night Long", was accompanied by another striking video, a feature that has played an increasingly important role in Richie's solo career.
Mariah Carey: The best-selling female performer of the 1990s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice.
Mariah is the most successful selling female artist in music history. She's the only female artist to have the most #1 singles and albums and also holds the record for straight #1 singles and albums each year.
Along with numerous awards and incredible vocal range, she also composes all of her own material, with the exception of song covers.
The six-times platinum "The Emancipation of Mimi" garnered three Grammy Awards earlier this year, and now Mariah Carey has just finished her North American "The Adventures of Mimi Tour". We are now waiting for her to come to Australia!!!