MARIAH CAREY Since the world was first introduced to Mariah Carey, she’s sold more than 75 million albums world-wide – one of ‘em, “Music Box,” sold 25 million alone…she holds tons of records, like most consecutive weeks at number 1 and the first artist in history to have her first 5 singles hit number 1…and she founded “Crave,” her very own record label. Unless something goes terribly wrong, she’s going to finish the decade as the top-selling artist of the ‘90s…and she’s only 27 years old. Not bad for someone who was working as a hat check girl when the decade began. Her latest is called “Butterfly,” and stores are already having trouble keeping it in stock. Good morning, Mariah Carey… SHE’LL BE HERE AT 8 … INFO/QUESTIONS ON PAGE 7 … MONTAGE ON CART
MICHAEL S. HYATT & ALAN WALLACH At 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 31st, the world will brace itself for mass hysteria – as all computers in this time zone flip to the year ZERO…shutting down air traffic controller equipment, city-wide power grids, Social Security records and hundreds of other services we’ve grown to depend on… As the Earth spins, more and more time zones will be sucked into the chaos, resulting in world-wide pandemonium… Will it really be that bad? To help figure it out, we brought in 2 experts – one’s a believer…and one isn’t… On one side, we have Michael S. Hyatt, the author of “The Millenium Bug”… And taking the counter-point this morning: Alan Wallach, who wrote “The Plain English Guide To The Year 2000 Hoax”… INTERVIEW AT 8:30 … SONG ON CART
MAURY POVICH BIT They’re calling it “The Super Bowl Of Archeology” – tonight, at 8 o’clock on Fox: Maury Povich hosts “Opening The Lost Tombs – Live From Egypt.” He takes us inside a pyramid that hasn’t been opened for 46-hundred years… Because of the time difference between New York & Egypt, we were able to get our hands on a copy of tonight’s show…so if you don’t want to find out what happens, TURN OFF YOUR RADIO NOW… ON CART THE STINKBOMB GAME The Stinkbomb Game is on the air. Here’s how it works: We'll give you 3 products that were real stinkbombs ... 2 of them are real and 1 came from the mind of our producer, Kato. Your job is to spot the phony stinkbomb... PAGE 11 … INTRO ON CART
THE MELROSE UPDATE The New York Post calls it “the most listened to feature on New York radio.” It’s The Melrose Update, with John “Kato” Machay … 7:47 & 9:30 … ON CART
WHAT’S GOING ON Tuesday, March 2nd, 1999
VH1 RE-BROADCASTS BLONDIE CONCERT If you missed the ‘PLJ Blondie Reunion Concert last week at Town Hall, VH-1 is re-running it tomorrow night at 8…
MOVIE PRICES GOING UP IN MANHATTAN If you live in Manhattan, get ready for another price hike at the box office – Loews, Cineplex Odeon and Sony have already started charging $9.50 to see a movie…and all the other theaters are expected to follow their lead… It’s now official: New York is the most expensive place in the country to see a movie…
HOMEMADE JINGLE CONTEST The 1999 Scott & Todd Homemade Jingle Contest is officially underway – with a grand prize of ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS in each of 3 categories: Professional, Amateur and Junior – 12 and under… And this year, we’re giving away 3-hundred dollars for 2nd place in all 3 categories…and 1-hundred dollars for 3rd place… Just make sure your jingle is 60 seconds or less, put it on a cassette, DAT or recordable CD, and mail it to: The Scott & Todd Homemade Jingle Contest, 2 Penn Plaza, New York, 10121 The deadline to enter is Friday, April 2nd at 5 p.m. All entries postmarked after that date will NOT be accepted…
For more details, check out the Scott & Todd Home Page at: WWW-dot-PLJ-dot-COM…
MONICA LEWINSKY PREVIEW Tomorrow night on “20/20” – Barbara Walters' big interview with Monica Lewinsky… The front page of this morning’s Daily News has a sneak preview: Monica says, “I never thought Hillary would find out”… Also, “I’ll never have an affair with a married man again”… And, “I thought Bill was my sexual soul-mate.” Monica says she’s gonna watch “20/20” with a group of close friends & family in Los Angeles…
Her book – “Monica’s Story” – comes out Thursday. The London Mirror is already printing excerpts from the book, and one interesting passage says that Lewinsky went into the Oval Office wearing a short green skirt. Clinton told her he liked it…and said – QUOTE – “I’d like to see what’s under it.” Monica lifted her skirt and showed him…and he said: “Ooh. Nice.”
“THE BLUE ROOM” IS CANCELED If you’ve got tickets to see “The Blue Room” on Broadway, TOO BAD – they’re shutting t down… The final week of sold-out shows have all been canceled…because Nicole Kidman has a severe case of laryngitis. She was out this past weekend…and they thought she’d be back tonight…but it didn’t work out that way. That’s a total of 8 canceled performances…and it’s gonna cost the production about 400-thousand dollars… Nicole issued a statement: “I’m truly devastated not to complete the last week of the run. I deeply apologize to the people who planned to attend these performances.”
BROADWAY’S TOP 10 The hottest shows on Broadway, in order: 1. The Blue Room (Cort) 2. The Lion King (New Amsterdam) 3. Fosse (Broadhurst) 4. Rent (Nederlander) 5. The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic) 6. Les Miserables (Imperial) 7. Ragtime (Ford Center) 8. Cabaret (Studio 54) 9. Jekyll & Hyde (Plymouth) 10. Miss Saigon (Broadway)
YOGI BERRA SHOWS UP AT YANKEE TRAINING CAMP After 14 years of self-imposed exile, Yogi Berra showed up at Yankee training camp yesterday down in Tampa. George Steinbrenner was having lunch when one of his security aides leaned over and whispered: “Yogi Berra is in the building.” George jumped out of his chair and rushed down the corridor to greet the Yankee legend…
‘PLJ STUFF Tuesday, March 2nd, 1999
BARENAKED BALL ANNOUNCEMENT 95-5 ‘PLJ…presenting The Scott & Todd Barenaked Ball – 1 incredible evening of rock ‘n’ roll, starring Barenaked Ladies… It happens Tuesday, April 6th at The Theater At Madison Square Garden…and ‘PLJ’s releasing a limited number of tickets for the dance floor and reserved seating - for only 9-dollars and 55 cents… Tickets go on sale SATURDAY MORNING AT 10 through Ticketmaster… Plus, we’ll have thousands to give away…from T-S-R Wireless – America’s Store for wireless communications…and New York’s Barenaked station – 95-5 ‘PLJ… 7:25
SHERYL CROW TICKETS Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and Semi-Sonic roll into the Beacon Theater for 2 shows: May 1st and 2nd… You can buy tickets starting Friday morning at 10…or you can win ‘em all weekend for free…from 95-5 ‘PLJ…
PLJ ON THE NET Pick up 95-5 ‘PLJ on the Super Information Highway – we’re on the World-Wide-Web at: PLJ-dot-COM… And while you’re there, check out The Scott & Todd Homepage by clicking on the “Big Show” icon – we’ve got details on how to enter the 1999 Homemade Jingle Contest…pictures of Lance the 41-year-old virgin at the True Romance Dance…the Scott & Todd Art Gallery...and a whole lot more…
COMING UP Tuesday, March 2nd, 1999
TOMORROW Leonardo DiCaprio Phone Scam
THURSDAY Marilu Henner stops by the studio
FRIDAY The return of Big Show hypnotist Denny Moore, Weekend Blastoff Spectacular
NEXT WEEK Monday: Jonathon Jackson (Lucky from “General Hospital”) Tuesday: Dr. Michael Roizen (the author of “RealAge”); Kato's Melrose Update Wednesday: Phone Scam Thursday: The star of “Footloose,” Jeremy Kushnier
MARIAH CAREY Since the world was first introduced to Mariah Carey, she’s sold more than 75 million albums world-wide – one of ‘em, “Music Box,” sold 25 million alone…she holds tons of records, like most consecutive weeks at number 1 and the first artist in history to have her first 5 singles hit number 1…and she founded “Crave,” her very own record label. Unless something goes terribly wrong, she’s gonna finish the decade as the top-selling artist of the ‘90s…and she’s only 27 years old. Not bad for someone who was working as a hat check girl when the decade began. Her latest is called “Butterfly,” and stores are already having trouble keeping it in stock. Good morning, Mariah Carey…
Mariah’s new album – “Butterfly” – is available in music stores now…
Mariah’s “Butterfly” World Tour kicks off next month…keep an eye on concert listings to find out when she’s coming to your area…
27 years old
Was singing the Italian opera “Rigoletto” at 2½ years of age
Her parents divorced when she was 3
After her mom divorced, they moved 13 times
Made her public debut in 1976
Cut her 1st demo in 1986 (with her brother)
After graduating from Harborfield High School in ’87, worked as a waitress and hat check girl
First big job: A back-up singer for Brenda K. Starr
“Music Box” has sold more than 25 million copies
In Australia, “Music Box” has sold more than 1½ million copies – 1 for every 15 Australians
One of the first artists to release an interactive CD Rom
Holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number 1 (“One Sweet Day” w/Boys II Men)
1st artist in history to have her first 5 singles hit number 1
9 of her first 14 singles in the U.S. have gone to number 1
2nd artist in Billboard history to debut at number 1
Recently launched her own label, “Crave” (a division of Sony)
She was a presenter at the MTV Awards earlier this month
MARIAH’S OTHER ALBUMS
Mariah Carey (1990)
MTV Unplugged (1992)
Music Box (1993)
Merry Christmas (1994)
World Music Awardsl
1995: America's Best Selling Recording Artist
1995: World's Best Selling Recording Artist
Billboard Music Awards
1991: Top Female Album Artist (for 'Mariah Carey')
1991: Top Female Single Artist (for 'Vision Of Love')
1992: Top Female Album Artist (for 'Emotions')
1992: Top Female Single Artist
1994: Female Artist Of The Year
American Music Awards
1991: Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
1993: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
1993: Top Contemporary Album (for 'MTV Unplugged EP')
1995: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
1996: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
1996: Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
Rockefeller Center Awards
1994: Worldwide Sales (Music Box – more than 20 million)
1994: Over-all Sales Award – (55 million since 1990)
NUMBER ONE SINGLES
Vision Of Love
Love Takes Time
I Don't Wanna Cry
I'll Be There
Everyone’s saying your video for “Honey” is symbolic because you're tied up in a mansion at the beginning, and then you break free…
Here’s a story from May 29th: “DIVORCE RUMORS SQUASHED – Looks like Mariah Carey is not breaking up with Sony Records chief Tommy Mottola, despite tabloid reports. Spokeswomen for both deny any problem.” Were you really still trying to work things out at that point, or was it already over?
I’ve read you’re still going to maintain your business relationship with Tommy. Is that still happening? How’s it working out so far?
I know of at least 1 biography that’s been written about you (“Her Story”)…but now that your marriage is ending, there’s bound to be a bunch of ‘em. Have you heard anything? If someone approaches you, will you cooperate?
Do you still talk to Brenda K. Starr?(Note: she once worked as a back-up singer for Brenda)
I’ve heard 2 versions of how you got your break: One is you and Tommy were at the same party, and you walked up, introduced yourself and handed him a demo tape. The other is Brenda K. Starr gave Tommy your tape. Which is it?
Was Ben Margulies a part of making “Butterfly?”(Note: Ben’s been co-writing with Mariah since high school)
You recorded a bunch of your songs in Spanish. Can you do a little?(Note: Songs she’s done in Spanish include“Love Takes Time;” “I Don’t Wanna Cry;” “Vision Of Love;” “Someday")
Tell us about “Camp Mariah”…(Note: A summer camp she runs in Fishkill, New York)
It seems like you mix it up a little more on “Butterfly.” Any reason why?
The Roof (drums echo in the background)
Fourth Of July (song birds in the background)
Fly Away (an outright disco song, compared to Donna Summer)
The Beautiful Ones (remake of a Prince song – duet with Dru Hill)
I heard you’ve got something with Babyface coming up…(Note: She’ll perform on his upcoming album, “The Day,” with people like Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, L.L. Cool J and Kenny G)
I heard you were working on a video for “Every Time I Close My Eyes.” Is it finished? When will we see it? (probably December)
Congratulations on the success of your new label, “Crave” – one of your 1st groups, “Allure,” has already become a success story…
Didn’t you just sign someone from Queens? (hip-hop duo Blue Denim)
I know you’ve directed a couple of your videos…are you gonna do the same for Blue Denim?
How’d you come up with the name “Crave?”
I just read a story where the writer said you have “the earning power of several small countries.” Would you say that’s true?
A couple years ago, you were complaining that Sony wanted you to keep being “the same little curly-haired girl” you were when you made your debut. How’d you stop that from happening?
People say the name “Mariah Carey” in the same breath as people like Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand. Does that still freak you out?
I read somewhere that you started writing “Close Your Eyes” 4 years ago. Why’d it take so long to make it to an album? Haven’t you had 2 other albums since then?
All the critics are saying “Butterfly” shows a “deeper” side of Mariah Carey. What brought about that change?
Is “Breakdown” about you and Tommy? (that’s what the rumors say)
THE STINKBOMB GAME The Stinkbomb Game is on the air. Here's how it works: We'll give you 3 products that were real stinkbombs...2 of 'em are real and 1 came from the mind of our producer, Kato. Your job is to spot the phony stinkbomb...
*A) THE BIG BARK AMPLIFIED COLLAR. For people with small dogs, this battery powered collar featured a little speaker that would deepen and amplify the animal's bark...that way, burglars would think you had a big dog guarding your house...
B) E Z STORE FURNITURE. These chairs, couches and beds were filled with helium and had a long cord attached to the bottom...when you weren't using it, it floated up to the ceiling...when you needed it, you grab the cord and pull it down...
C) SUPER FRUIT SHAPERS. These were little hollow molds shaped like president's heads, animals and other shapes. You were supposed to clamp 'em around fruit just as it was beginning to grow. Then, the fruit would end up shaped like its individual mold...
A) TUNA TWIST. A tuna flavored beverage that came in a can. Although it was high in protein and contained only a trace of fat, it tasted like the water that tuna comes packed in...
*B)THE PENTHOUSE POCKET PEEP SHOW. Although Penthouse couldn't use the name, this thing looked just like a ViewMaster except the two eyepieces were shaped like breasts. The idea was that men could bring their Pocket Peep Show wherever they went...but as it turned out, most people were too embarrassed to use 'em in public...
C) MOONSHINE AFTERSHAVE. This cologne came in a little moonshine jug and it smelled a lot like rubbing alcohol...
A) THE LE CANNED DRESS. Kind of like L'Eggs Pantyhose, this scrunched up dress came in a pop top can...
B) NUDE BEER. This beer featured a woman in a bikini on the label...as you drank the beer, the bikini would disappear...
*C) THE PERSONAL MUFFLER. Marketed as a product for senior citizens and other people with flatulence problems, this thick, foam pad was meant to be worn between the cheeks of your coolie. It muffled the sound, but did nothing for the smell...and to make matters worse, the added pressure actually INCREASED the user's flatulence rate...
A) THE BACK PATTER. This device featured a long, flexible arm with a hand on the end...you'd strap it over your shoulder and pull a little cord whenever you felt like you needed a pat on the back...
*B) 5 O'CLOCK SHADOW. During the height of the "Miami Vice" craze, some company marketed a see through piece of latex with little hairs sticking out of it. Using special adhesive, you could stick it to your face to get, as the slogan said, "A 5 o'clock shadow any time of the day"...
C) THE PORTABLE DOG TOILET. This "toilet" was actually a leather pouch that looked like a horse feeder...you'd hang it under your dog's tail so it would catch his deposits. It also got in the way of romantic advances from OTHER dogs, so it doubled as a birth control device...
A) THE WHISKEY SHOT. This realistic looking gun fired a full shot of whiskey into the drinker's mouth...the problem was, after a few shots, you'd end up getting whiskey up your nose, in your eye and all over yourself...
*B) DEFROSTER SHOES. These shoes featured little heating elements in the soles. They were supposed to melt snow and ice as you walked down the street. The problem was, they'd melt it just enough to make it MORE slippery, and your feet would get all sweaty...
C) THE BIRD AND SMALL ANIMAL BURIAL KIT. This kit came with a tiny coffin and a plastic gravestone with stick on letters....
*A) BREAKFAST ON THE GO. This plastic lined pouch hung around your neck and featured a bendable straw that reached up toward your mouth...you were supposed to fill it with a liquid breakfast like "Carnation Instant Breakfast" and drink it while driving to work...
B) SOLAR ROVER. This dog house featured a heating system powered by a solar panel on the roof...the problem: It cost more than $800...
C) BUFFALO CHIPS. These chocolate cookies were shaped like buffalo chips and featured a picture of a constipated buffalo on the package...