Saturday, September 16, 2017

In Retrospect: Mariah Carey’s “Butterfly” Album turns 20

Butterfly is the sixth album by superstar Mariah Carey. Considered by Carey herself, to be her "magnum opus", Butterfly marked a turning point in Carey's career; showcasing a diverging image and a more hip-hop sound in comparison to her previous pop sound. Butterfly if you listen is extremely autobiographical, being released after her split from ex-husband Tommy Mottola. This transitional album also reinvented Mariah Carey. Often times, artists who attempt to change their sound do not resonate with consumers, however Carey triumphed. Five singles were released from the album including "Honey" which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "My All" released in 1998 which also went to #1. Other singles, "Butterfly", "Breakdown" and "The Roof" also received significant airplay. Butterfly went on to be certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations.

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