Mariah Carey The peak: Throughout the 1990s, Mariah Carey proved to be one of the top-selling female recording artists of all times. Her first five singles went to No. 1 on the charts and she was one of the world’s most popular recording artists. The crisis: A very public emotional breakdown in 2001 on MTV’s "TRL," where she handed out popsicles to the audience and started to do a striptease on air. She checked into a hospital soon after the performance. The comeback: With 2005’s “The Emancipation of Mimi,” Carey showed the world that she may have been crazy, but she still had the golden touch. It was the best-selling album of the year and included the hits “We Belong Together” and “Shake it Off.”
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