Mariah Carey is knocking out song-after-song on her new piano, and she credits her prolific inspiration with the ghost of the instrument's former owner - late movie legend Marilyn Monroe.

Carey is delighted with the intensity of her creative output, and puts her success down to the piano that Monroe owned before her death at the age of 36 in August 1963.

She says, "It's as if the keys are haunted. The tunes just come thick and fast. It must be inspired."

09/01/2005 14:51