Glitter, Mariah Carey’s Worst-Selling Album, Is Surging on iTunes

Mariah Carey’s latest album, Caution, has sparked renewed interest in Glitter.

Seventeen years ago, at the height of her fame, Mariah Carey starred in a music romantic comedy.

In Glitter, Carey played an up-and-coming club dancer destined for greatness.  After falling in love with a DJ, her solo career takes off.  Unfortunately, the film didn’t.

Against a budget of $22 million, the universally panned film only made $5.3 million.

2001 proved a terrible year for the popular star.  After a brief hospitalization due to her recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder, Carey’s Glitter became her worst-selling album.

Yet, on the eve of the release of her latest album, Glitter has suddenly experienced a renewed interest among her closest fans.


Under the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter, Carey fans around the world have purchased Glitter, sending the album to the iTunes Top 100.  The album first dropped on November 9th, 2001.

Promoting the event, MariahTrends, a global Twitter account, wrote,

7 days to go until @MariahCarey’s #CAUTION!  But today we get #JusticeforGlitter – the fan favorite underrated soundtrack.  The album is sadly still unavailable for streaming, but you can get it here for only $4.99.  What are your favorites on this gem?

Speaking with Rolling Stone, ‘Kenny,’ a diehard Carey fan in France, explained why he loves the album.

People often think it’s a bad album because they associate it [with] its movie, but it’s actually really good and underrated.

Prior to the release of a new Mariah Carey album, he listens to each album chronologically.

Last week, Glitter had only moved 40 copies.  This week, the album has seen a 2,030% increase, moving an otherwise unimpressive 852 copies.  BuzzAngle Music found album sales in the past five days have accounted for over a third of Glitter’s total sales this year.

Despite the album’s renewed interest, don’t expect Carey to change her mind about the box office bomb.  Speaking about the “horrible couple of years,” she explained,

[I] felt like the soundtrack was a good soundtrack.  I was trying to bring the Eighties back a little too early.  It was 2001 and people were like, ‘The Eighties?  We just left the Eighties!’  And I’m like, ‘No no no, people are ready.’  Nowadays, it’s all about the Eighties.


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