Japanese Fans Mob Mariah Video Shoot

A crowd of more than 10,000 gathered yesterday (Nov. 25) in Tokyo's City Center hoping to catch a glimpse of Mariah Carey as she shot a new video, according to the artist's official Web site. Fans arr

A crowd of more than 10,000 gathered yesterday (Nov. 25) in Tokyo's City Center hoping to catch a glimpse of Mariah Carey as she shot a new video, according to the artist's official Web site. Fans arrived hours before Carey was due to begin shooting a clip for "The One" with director Joseph Kahn, and police were forced to shut down the location.

Carey went straight to a second site, only to find several thousand more onlookers, and police again halted the action. At a third planned location, Carey was finally able to shoot some of the video. "The One" has been tapped as the second single from Carey's latest album, "Charmbracelet."

In Japan, the album debuted at No. 1 on Oricon Entertainment's pop charts. "Charmbracelet" is due Tuesday (Dec. 3) in North America; several of the album's tracks can be streamed through Carey's site. First single "Through the Rain" peaked earlier this month at No. 17 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

Today, Carey met with reporters and talked about retreating to the tiny Italian island of Capri, where she went last year to relax after being hospitalized for an emotional breakdown. It turned out that the trip was hardly an idle vacation as she recorded all 15 songs for her new disc while there, an experience she said was therapeutic.

"I put all the things I had gone through into my music," Carey said. "In general, in my life, I'm in a really good, happy place."

Carey appeared relaxed and smiled broadly as she spoke about the sudden turn of fortune that led to her hospitalization. "I had worked myself very, very hard for many, many years and I never took a break," she said. "And last year, I had just become very, very exhausted and ended up just not really in a good place physically and emotionally."

Last year, she exited Sony Music and signed with Virgin in a much-hyped multi-album deal reported to be worth as much as $100 million. But with the commercial failure of her disc "Glitter" and the movie of the same name last year, EMI, Virgin's parent company, paid $28 million in January to void her contract.

In May, she signed with Island/Def Jam, under which she formed her own MonarC imprint. The move, she said, gave her the chance to draw on her experiences and work with other singers. It also gave her a chance to relax. "I learned a little more about how to work hard but also how to be healthy and take care of myself," she said.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y. & AP



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