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Butterfly is the seventh album and fifth studio album by American pop/R&B singer Mariah Carey.



Another award winning album, Butterfly was released in the United States on September 16, 1997 by Columbia Records and has to date sold almost 17 million copies worldwide.

Butterfly is considred to be Mariah Carey's declaration of independence from her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, and to a certain extent, that's true. Butterfly is peppered with allusions to her troubled marriage and her newfound freedom, and the music is supposed to be in tune with contemporary urban sounds instead of adult contemporary radio. Generally, the ablum was devoted to ballads and while they are all well-crafted, many of them blend together upon initial listening. Subsequent plays reveal that Carey's vocals are sultrier and more controlled than ever, and that helps "Butterfly," "Break Down," "Babydoll," and the Prince cover, "The Beautiful Ones," rank among her best.

Butterfly debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 236,000 copies sold in its first week; it remained there for one week, in the top twenty for twenty-one weeks and on the chart for fifty-five weeks (making one re-entry). The album sold more in both its fourteenth week and fifteenth week of release than in its opening week, peaking at 283,000 copies in its fifteenth week.

Complete List of Mariah Carey Discography

Awards & Certifications

List of Mariah Carey Awards from 1990 through the present.

  • America
    • United States 5x Platinum on September 2006
    • Canada 2x Platinum on September 2006
  • Australia
    • Australia 2x Platinum on
  • Europe
    • France 2x Certified Gold
    • United Kingdom Certified Gold
    • Spain Platinum
    • Netherlands Certified Gold
    • Switzerland Certified Gold


Track Song Duration
1 Honey 5:02
2 Butterfly 4:35
3 My All 3:52
4 The Roof 5:14
5 Fourth of July 4:22
6 Breakdown 4:44
7 Babydoll 5:07
8 Close My Eyes 4:21
9 Whenever You Call 4:21
10 Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) 3:49
11 The Beautiful Ones 6:59
12 Outside 4:45

Chart Toppers

Year Song Adult Contemporary Billboard 100 Hot R&B
1997 Butterfly 11 1 2
1998 My All 18 1 4


Performance Credits

Primary Artist: Mariah Carey

Vocals: Mariah Carey, Dru Hill, Krayzie Bone

Background Vocals: Mariah Carey, Trey Lorenz, Melonie Daniels, Kelly Price, Krayzie Bone, Mary Ann Tatum

Guitar: Michael Ciro, Artie Reynolds

Keyboards: Dan Shea, Stevie J., Corey Rooney

Organ: Gary Montoute Hammond

Drums: Nathaniel Townsley

Keyboards: Walter Afanasieff, Peter "Ski" Schwartz, Donald Parker

Piano: Donald Parker

Technical Credits

Producer : David Morales, Mariah Carey, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Satoshi Tomiie, Stevie J., Corey Rooney, Poke & Tone

Arranger: David Morales, Mariah Carey, Satoshi Tomiie, Walter Afanasieff

Engineer: Dana Jon Chappelle, Bill Esses, David Gleeson, Franklin Grant, David Sussman, Richard Travali, Doug Wilson, Glen Marchese, Walter Afanasieff, Mike Scott, Ron Grant

Programming: Dan Shea, Walter Afanasieff

Drum Programming: Dan Shea, Stevie J., Poke & Tone

Art Direction: Christopher Austopchuk

Contributor: Barbara Stout



To date, the album has sold 17 million copies worldwide.

This was the first album to be released following the ending of Carey's marriage to Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola.


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