4th\SW Quadrant The Approval Matrix: Week of April 7, 2008
The scene inside Manhattan's Gotham Hall recalled a sweet 16 party. Bubbly young girls by the dozens — decked out in high heels and skirts so short, you'd have thought they were swatches — lolled across cozy chaise lounges, quietly ogling the night's guests of honor: Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port, the stars of MTV's "The Hills."
The gang was on hand for a special party, celebrating the return of the hit reality series, which picks up right where it left off: with Lauren on her way to Paris. (Lauren, Audrina and Whitney discuss fame, privacy and life after "The Hills" here.)
But the highlight of the party — at least for the "Hills" starlets — was the arrival of Mariah Carey, who performed a small set that included "I'm That Chick" and "Touch My Body," new songs from her forthcoming album, E=MC2, which is due April 15.
Wearing a black skirt with a gold top, Carey also performed "We Belong Together," which the audience sang back to her. She was whisked offstage after the performance to resounding cheers. -- MTV