Carey's recording contract was bought out for million by Virgin and she signed a multi-million dollar deal with Island Records the following year.After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). After signing to Columbia Records, she released her debut album, Mariah Carey (1990), which spawned four number-one singles on the U. Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Vision of Love", "Love Takes Time", "Someday", and "I Don't Wanna Cry".Following her marriage to Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey became the label's highest-selling act with the albums Music Box (1993), Merry Christmas (1994), and Daydream (1995).Billboard named her the most successful artist of the 1990s in the United States, while World Music Awards honored her as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s.Carey parted with Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking 0 million recording contract with Virgin Records.Although Carey explained that stage fright and the style of her songs made a tour very daunting, speculation grew that Carey was a "studio worm," and that she was incapable of producing the perfect pitch and 5-octave vocal range for which she was known.While Carey favored her more soulful and powerful songs, it was decided that her most popular content would be included.
After several years of financial struggles, Patricia earned enough money to move her family into a stable and more affluent sector in New York.
These albums spawned a string of successful singles including the international number-one "Without You", holiday track "All I Want for Christmas Is You", and "One Sweet Day", which became the longest-running U. number-one single in history with a total of 16 weeks.
After divorcing Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and incorporated more hip hop elements into her music with the release of Butterfly (1997).
Ron Wynn from All Music described Carey's different form of singing on the album: "It was wise for Carey to display other elements of her approach, but sometimes excessive spirit is preferable to an absence of passion." and began expanding Carey's popularity throughout Europe.
With the release of the album's third single, Carey achieved several career milestones.