Always Be My Baby Mariah Carey
Song Title: Always Be My Baby
Artist: Mariah Carey
Date of release: March 9, 1996
Description: ” Always Be My Baby ” is by Mariah Carey, the American singer and songwriter. The song was written and produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal.
The song was released by record label Columbia Records in March 1996 and taken as the third single from Mariah’s fifth Album ” Daydream “.
Mariah was in the process of writing and recording the Album ” Daydream ” in 1995 when she started to search for producers that could give her a different sound. Mariah liked the song ” Jump ” by Kris Kross which was a hit in 1992 and wanted to work with the producer of the track, Jermaine Dupri.
She asked Jermaine Dupri to work with her on the Album and later commented that she had asked him because he had a ” very distinct vibe “. Along with Jermaine Dupri, Mariah also asked for help from R&B producer Manuel Seal. He has worked with artists like Janet Jackson, Usher and Lionel Richie so had just the sort of experience that Mariah was looking for in a producer.
The ballad ” Always Be My Baby ” fuses the R&B with pop, while writing Mariah and Manuel Seal started coming up with different tunes on the piano, Mariah led the way with a melody she had inside her head and the song was born.
The song received positive reviews from music critics, Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker liked the song’s ” relaxed swing ” and also commented on the way the instrumentation made it stand out on the Album.
The editor of The New York Times, Stephen Holden called ” Always be my baby ” the best on the album “. Along with positive reviews from critics, the record buyers also liked the song, and it became Mariah’s 11th chart-topper in the United States.
The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number two, Celine Dion’s ” Because You Loved Me ” kept Mariah from coming in the chart at the top.
” Always Be My Baby ” sat at number two for four weeks before finally dislodging Celine Dion to take the top slot, where it held the spot for two weeks before being knocked back down to number two.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the song Platinum with physical sales of 1,254,000 and digital sales of 890,000.
Outside of the United States, the song did just as well reaching the Top Ten in Ireland and New Zealand and the top twenty in many other countries.
In the United Kingdom, ” Always Be My Baby ” reached a peak of number three, the song stayed in the Top Ten for three weeks and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the UK chart.
The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) for sales of 220,000 in the UK.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 17, Canada (The Record) 16, Canada (The Record’s Hit Parade Chart) 2, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 19, Germany (Official German Charts) 76, Ireland (IRMA) 10, Japan (Oricon Singles Chart) 79, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 30, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 27, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 38
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