[Mariah] works really hard… there’s a hunger there
- Diane Warren
Written by Mariah Carey, Diane Warren & David Foster
Produced by Mariah Carey & David Foster
4:17 Album Version
ABOUT THE SONG
- Are Mariah Carey and Luis Miguel still making beautiful music together? Carey had hoped to feature a duet with her Latin heartthrob on her CD, "Rainbow," out tomorrow. But their first collaboration didn't go so well. In fact, a well-placed source tells us that Miguel was so unhappy with their recording of "After Tonight" that he took a scissors to a tape of it and sent the pieces back to producer David Foster. Foster, who co-wrote the song with Carey and Diane Warren, confirms, "Luis didn't like the end result." He also offers, "I don't know if (Luis and Mariah) are still together." But he insists the tape did not come back to him as confetti. He also maintains the duet fizzled for musical reasons, not because of a romantic clash.
"The song was written just for Mariah," says Foster. "I had Luis and Mariah record it several different times, but it never sounded right. So she ended up doing it by herself."
Carey says "After Tonight" just wasn't in Miguel's key. "To change it," she tells Gala magazine interviewer Jesse Nash, "I would have had to redo my vocals, and I didn't have time. We're not gonna get into a fight over it. Why?” - New York Daily News - Rush & Molloy “Mariah, Luis not a perfect duet” by George Rush & Joanna Molloy, November 1, 1999
- They wrote some stupid item in the paper today about something and I was like, ‘whatever,’ that we weren’t together because we were supposed to do a duet or something. And you know, to me it’s like, I don’t care, I’d rather not do a duet and have a good relationship. It’s not about exploiting the relationship to do a duet - who cares? It’s like, if it works, great, if not, be happy. - The View Interview November 1, 1999
- Songwriter Diane Warren is struck by Carey's drive. "She works really hard," says Warren. "No matter what she's done, there's a hunger there. She doesn't have to prove herself, but she feels like she does.” - Newsweek "Mariah On Fire" by Veronica Chambers - November 14, 1999
- Maria José: Can you identify yourself with Salsa and the new invasion of Latin music?
Mariah: I really like Spanish melodies. I think that songs like I Don’t Wanna Cry have a really strong Hispanic side. I have another song in this album, called After Tonight, written with Diane Warren, which is a type of Spanish ballad. I think that it’s great that Latin music is being embraced by the world. - Diário de Notícias “The Artist After Insecurity” November 23, 1999
- MC: “After Tonight” that I did with David & Diane is very, a collabo of the three of us.
Craig Seymour: Like a big pop ballad of the album?
MC: Um, yeah, I don’t know that that will ever be a single. It’s going to be a theme song for a show in Japan. It’s like, I doubt that I would put that out in America, ‘cause it’s just not my favorite song off the album. - Interview with Craig Seymour, 1999
1999 Released on the Rainbow album.