Butterfly, Mariah Carey’s debut studio album, was released 25 years ago. To commemorate the occasion, she is releasing a 25th anniversary edition.
“25th Anniversary Expanded Edition” is now available for streaming. It includes the original Butterfly album as well as eight bonus tracks, including Carey’s duet on “Whenever You Call” with Brian McKnight and a reimagined version of “The Roof” with Brandy.
Carey’s live performance of “Butterfly” on the Late Show With David Letterman in 1997 is included in the re-release, as is a new “Anniversary Club Remix” of the title track from DJ Amorphous, who tweeted that he was “extremely blessed and grateful” to work with a “legend.”
Butterfly can be purchased on vinyl, cassette, or through Carey’s website. A rhinestone tank, photo tees, pillows, and “Agent M” handcuffs that reference Carey’s “Honey” video are also available.
On Twitter, Carey described #Butterfly as her “favorite and most personal album.” The singer also teased a documentary about the “Honey” video and other upcoming “surprises.”
Butterfly will be discussed in Mariah Carey’s 2020 memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. “The stories and melodies were more recent,” she wrote. “I felt more liberated to express my creativity. I battled for my voice.
“Producing Butterfly’s songs helped me get through that time,” says Carey. I focused on current events. My recovery progressed.”
Butterfly was Carey’s sixth studio album. In September 1997, it topped the Billboard 200. 55 weeks. Many people regard it as her “emancipation” album (prior to The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005), praising the soulful R&B production and introspective lyrics.
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The title track, according to the singer on Rolling Stone’s “Music Now” podcast, is a plea to Tommy Mottola. She was hoping that “Tommy” would say them.