The song was written by Carey and Dave Hall , both serving as primary producers alongside Sean Combs. The song heavily samples Tom Tom Club 's song " Genius of Love " and incorporates various other beats and grooves arranged by the former.
The song's lyrics describe a woman who is in love with a man, and how every time she sees him she starts fantasizing about an impossible relationship with him. Additionally, aside from topping the Hot chart for eight consecutive weeks, the song topped the charts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and was a top-five hit in Belgium, Finland, France and the United Kingdom.
Carey performed "Fantasy" live on several television and award show appearances around the world. Carey performed the song at the 23rd annual American Music Awards , held on January 29, Additionally, it was performed live on British music chart program Top of the Pops and on French television.
The cover of the single was shot by top fashion photographer Steven Meisel. The cover for her album Daydream is a cropped version of the single cover. Carey directed the music video for "Fantasy", making it her directorial debut. Carey created the video's concept and chose the filming location. After being disappointed with the final result in many of her previous videos, Carey decided to single-handedly direct the video. The video concludes with Carey dancing atop the sunroof of a car, with many others present and enjoying the music and celebration.
Afterwards, Carey and Hall began incorporating the sample into the lyrics and melody she had already produced. I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love', and I hadn't heard it in a long time.
It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for "Fantasy. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it. Carey recalled how the writers of the song were really intrigued by the idea of Carey sampling the song, and immediately signed over the rights. After Carey presented Hall with the sample, the chorus and beat, he developed a familiar groove that he felt would "highlight Carey's voice.
A cropped version of the photograph was used as the album cover as well. Mariah brought me 'Genius of Love' and I laid some strings on it and put it into a groove I felt really fit and highlighted her voice. And that song didn't take us but a minute to do, because she really busted that out within two days. We did a rough copy and let Tommy Mottola hear it and he loved it, so all we had to do was bring it back in and mix it. The remix, which features rap verses from O. The song uses heavy bass and percussion , as well as a sample from "Genius of Love".
It features a basic chord progression of G-Em. Instrumentation and production was performed by Dave Hall, while co-arranging and producing the track as well. Upon its release, "Fantasy" garnered acclaim from contemporary music critics. Bill Lamb from About. Carey glides confidently into the territory where gospel-flavored pop-soul meets light hip-hop and recorded some of the most gorgeously spun choral music to be found on a contemporary album.
It became the first single by a female artist to open atop the chart, and only the second single to do so after " You Are Not Alone " by Michael Jackson. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly praised the song, claiming its one of the few tracks where Carey "defines herself. No wonder most rock critics can't get behind her. Party on, Mariah. The single's music video was the first that Carey directed entirely on her own.
Carey had been open about the fact that she had not been happy with some of her previous music videos. Carey said her inspiration for the video was to give off a "free and open feeling," trying to portray the freedom she had finally achieved in being allowed to direct her first video. Afterwards, the video switches to a night time scene that involves people dancing in the parking lot and on top cars.
I'd done a lot of videos and wasn't always a hundred percent thrilled. For the most part, I was never thrilled with the results, so I figured I would give directing a shot. It was a pretty simple concept. Most of the scenes were featured at the amusement park, at a late-night outdoor celebration.
I was really happy to be able to include O. The video also contains a scene involving a lovable young girl who tries to emulate Carey and whose character reappears in the video for Carey's single " Shake It Off " On August 21, , the music video of both versions was re-released in a remastered form, in HD quality. Additionally, Carey sang "Fantasy" on the British music chart program Top of the Pops , during a promotional stop in the United Kingdom on September 12, During its taping, she wore a blue blouse and black jumper.
Two days later, Carey appeared on French television where she performed the song alongside several male and female dancers. Carey donned a mid-waist baring white blouse and black leather pants and matching heeled boots. Trey Lorenz and two female back up vocalists were also featured on stage during the show's taping. Aside from live television appearances, the song was performed on several legs of Carey's tours. The performance was tuned similarly to Carey's recital at the American Music Awards, featuring a similar outfit, dance routines and set up.
Additionally, Carey was dressed in blue jeans and a white blouse, and danced several chair routines with several male dancers. Although now anyone is free to use this idea, the success of "Mimi" [ref. You could argue that the 'Fantasy' remix was the single most important recording that she's ever made. Worldwide CD single . UK CD maxi-single 2 . Fantasy EP . Credits adapted from the Daydream liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A sample of "Fantasy", featuring a sampled hook and other beats.
In the mids Ms. Carey pioneered a subgenre that some people call the thug-love duet. Nowadays clean-cut pop stars are expected to collaborate with roughneck rappers, but when Ms.
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