Throwbacks

21st Anniversary of Mariah Carey’s ‘Honey’

On this day in 1997, Mariah Carey released the lead single from her Butterfly album, ‘Honey’.

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‘Honey’ represented a new chapter in Mariah’s career, as it was the first single following the separation of her marriage to Tommy Mottola. It marked an edgier sound, a fresh image and a more fun persona in her music videos.

During the promotion of this era, Mariah expressed that she felt more liberated as an artist and had previously felt stifled in her career. She fought with her label to have more creative control of her image and sound.

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‘Honey’ became Mariah’s third single to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, which is a record that still stands. It was her 12th #1 single at the time, however she has since collected a total of 18.

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The ‘Honey’ music video is one of Mariah’s most iconic and memorable, with a James Bond theme where Mariah escapes after being held hostage in a mansion. A remix video was also filmed, featuring Puff Daddy, Mase and The Lox.

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The hip-hop remixes by Bad Boy and So So Def are just as impactful as the album version. The re-sung David Morales dance remix was #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.

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Mariah won a ‘Best Pop Songwriter’ BMI Pop Award for ‘Honey’.

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Chart Positions:

  • Australia: #8
  • Canada: #2
  • Ireland: #19
  • Italy: #10
  • New Zealand: #3
  • Spain: #4
  • Sweden: #8
  • UK: #3
  • US: #1

Music Video:

Remix Music Video:

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