Back in my gay formative years, when the other kids were getting confirmed down at the Baptist church, I was getting religion each afternoon at 4 when TRL was on MTV. One particularly legendary (read: trainwreck) of an afternoon came when Mariah Carey channeled the ice cream man-turned-Risky Business when she strolled into the studio with an ice cream cart, a men’s button down on, and a deer in the headlights look in her eyes. That was how the Glitter publicity tour began (and sadly, we later learned the dark truth that Mimi was going through it at the time).
The movie and soundtrack were panned and were known as the low point of her career until New Year’s Eve snatched that crown. Mariah has a new album out tomorrow, and her fans decided to add to her week by trying to make Glitter the best-selling album on iTunes. They were successful — color us all shocked! Justice for Glitter!
Vibe says Mariah owes the Lambily something great for Christmas this year (besides her Radio City Music Hall residency) because they worked to snatch every digital copy of Glitter and vault it over Ariana Grande, John Legend, and Drake. Glitter isn’t available on streaming services, per ET Canada, and I would imagine that was intentional since that shit was viewed as garbage (for perspective, the lead single “Loverboy” debuted at no. 2 – such trash!). So fans have shelled out $4.99 all week to send it to the top of the charts, and Mimi herself broke the news earlier:
I have to dedicate today's #tbt to Glitter, which is currently #1 on the iTunes albums chart, 17 years after its release and on the eve of my new album release! My fans are THE BEST ??? #JusticeForGlitter!! LET'S GO #CAUTION⚠️ pic.twitter.com/i2v8Zkp1oy
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 15, 2018
It’s unclear what happens if Glitter outperforms her new album, Caution, but I’m glad Carson Daly has graduated to the Today show. Mariah will have much more fun visiting him this time around knowing Kathie Lee Gifford and her chardonnay will be waiting one studio over.
Pic: 20th Century Fox