Throwbacks

18th Anniversary of Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’ soundtrack

On this day in 2001, Mariah Carey released ‘Glitter’.

As the soundtrack for a movie set in the ’80s, the album was heavily retro-inspired and also sampled a number of ’80s hits.

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‘Glitter’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack chart in the US, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. It also peaked at #1 in Japan.

The lead single, ‘Loverboy’, was the best-selling single of 2001 in the US.

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The ballad ‘Lead The Way’, which was written during the ‘Butterfly’ sessions, notably marks Mariah’s last known collaboration with longtime songwriting partner, Walter Afanasieff.

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A social media campaign called #JusticeForGlitter took off in November last year, and the ‘Glitter’ album soared to the top of the iTunes charts in a number of countries, including the US.

The unforeseen success of the album over a decade later prompted Mariah to include a Glitter medley as part of her Caution World Tour.

It’s been so great to see such an underrated classic finally receive the recognition it deserves!

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