Mariah Carey Celebrates ‘Butterfly’ Album 25th Anniversary With New Tracks, Merch
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Mariah Carey celebrates the 25th anniversary of her seminal studio album, Butterflywith a special 25th anniversary edition.
The “25th Anniversary Extended Edition” is now available on streaming platforms and features the original Butterfly album plus eight bonus tracks, including Carey’s fan-favorite duet with Brian McKnight on “Whenever You Call” and a reimagined version of “The Roof”, featuring Brandy (first teased in Carey’s MasterClass earlier this year).
The reissue also includes Carey’s acclaimed live performance of “Butterfly” on the Late show with David Letterman in 1997, and a new “Anniversary Club Remix” of the title track from viral DJ Amorphous (who tweeted that it was “extremely blessed and gratefulto collaborate with a “legend”).
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If you are looking for a physical copy of Butterfly, Carey’s has also released new vinyl versions of the album and even a collectible cassette tape on its official website. There are also a host of new Butterfly anniversary merchandise including a rhinestone tank top, photo tees, pillows and even a pair of “Agent M” handcuffs that nod to the iconic opening scene of the “Honey” music video by Carey.
Carey tweeted her enthusiasm for #Butterfly25’s birthday, calling it her “favorite and probably most personal album”. The singer also teased that she was releasing a documentary about the making of the “Honey” video, along with other “surprises” to be revealed later.
In her 2020 memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the singer wrote about how Butterfly was a liberating experience for her, both personally and professionally. “The stories and melodies came from a cooler place,” she wrote. “I felt freer and less worried about spreading my creative wings. I argued for the sound I wanted.
“Producing songs for Butterflysays Carey, “that’s what got me through this period of my life. I was writing about everything that was really going on. It was the start of another level in my healing process.
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Butterfly debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in September 1997, and Carey’s sixth studio album stayed on the charts for 55 weeks. It spawned the number one hits “Honey” and “My All” and is widely considered Carey’s “Emancipation” album (long before Mimi’s Emancipation in 2005), with reviews praising the soulful R&B production and introspective lyrics.
The singer revealed on rolling stones “Music Now” podcast that the album’s title track was originally a call to her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, with the lyrics being something she hoped “Tommy would tell me”.
The song — which is now frequently performed as Carey’s concert outro — has since taken on a life of its own as an empowerment anthem for Carey (or “Lambs”) fans of all ages.
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As part of anniversary celebrations, Amazon has reduced the price of the original 12 titles Butterfly album at just $4.99 for a limited time. You can also pick up the original vinyl version of the album for $23.99 here.
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