The song was Carey’s sixteenth number-one single, and is largely credited for reviving her career after a brief series of less-than-successful releases. It’s missing a big song.” It wasn’t the greatest news, but basically she said, “What do you recommend?With a new Las Vegas residency underway (the song gets prime position on her set list) and a new greatest hits package, forthcoming, asked all the players—record executive L. Reid, producer Jermaine Dupri, video director Brett Ratner, songwriter Johntá Austin, and Carey herself—about writing and recording the song, watching it blow up, and why it still resonates today. Reid: Mariah had recorded the entire album and we were literally celebrating in a hotel room. We were about to toast and we raised our champagne glasses. ” And I told her, “You need to see Jermaine Dupri.”Jermaine Dupri: L. sent her to Atlanta to finish the album, but she had come down before to make some songs.She also dated Swedish supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg briefly in 1998.There were reports that she had a secret fling with TV producer and actor Jamie Theakston in 1998.Mariah Carey started dating the head of Columbia Records Tommy Mottola while recording her third studio album Music Box.They were married on June 5, 1993, and Carey’s career took off.
When she came back, we said, “Let’s do a ballad.” So we ended up making two ballads.
“We Belong Together" and “Shake It Off.”Dupri: Mariah didn’t want to come stay in Atlanta. We didn’t even get to finish recording it down here. It was like , in the morning, and Mariah was like, “Focus, c’mon let’s go.”Mariah Carey: This is the song that I worked hardest on with Jermaine.
Me, Jermaine, and Johntá [Austin] were writing for the album.
From 2004-2009, Sudack worked exclusively with Mariah Carey as manager and A&R.
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the unprecedented run of **Mariah Carey’**s “We Belong Together,” a smash hit that spent a record-breaking fourteen weeks at number one on the Billboard singles chart.