Sony Legacy celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mariah Carey's Butterfly with the release of a collector's edition 12" vinyl picture disc featuring the album's iconic original cover photo and a special note from Mariah to her fans. "Butterfly is my favorite album," says Mariah. "It's the most personal work I've ever done and will always be a defining moment in my career and in my life. I'm so happy to celebrate this anniversary with such a special release!"
Originally released in September of 1997 by Columbia Records, Butterfly, Carey's sixth studio album, was one of the 1990's most-avidly-anticipated albums and quickly established itself as both a commercial (RIAA certified 5x Platinum) and artistic success. The songs and sounds of Butterfly helped shape and define the pop/R&B music and cultural zeitgeist of its era and beyond.
Butterfly premiered 11 new compositions written by Mariah with some of pop music's most illustrious collaborators including lead single "Honey," which became an instant hit and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lone cover is Mariah's heart-stopping take on Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" (from Purple Rain) recorded as a duet with Dru Hill. Additional guest artists include Mase & The Lox (on "Honey") and Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone from Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (on "Breakdown").