Monday, May 27, 2024

Number 1 on iTunes: Mariah Carey’s 17 Year Old “Glitter” Album Has Mysteriously, Suddenly Soared for No Reason


On the eve of Mariah Carey releasing a new album called “Caution” comes a head scratcher.

Her 2001 album “Glitter,” huge flop back in the day, sits at number 1 on iTunes tonight.

Why? Who knows? It’s priced to sell at $4.99. But still– what the f? Where are the sales coming from? Is it a programmed computer? Is it one person in a basement just hitting the BUY Button over and over?

Maybe Mariah’s including “Glitter” in concert ticket bundles. But even that’s weird since usually you’dbe doing that with the new album. Plus “Glitter” doesn’t really exist anymore except on iTunes. Amazon also sells it digitally. But Spotify doesn’t even have it.

“Glitter” had no hits in 2001 and sank like a stone. The movie it was attached to was a famous disaster. Maybe someone at iTunes can explain its new success on Thursday. Something is gaming the system.

Meantime, “Caution” is pretty good. I’ll have a review later today.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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