Mariah Carey’s “Glitter” album has become a major hit in Japan, the first and only world market where it has been issued so far, Billboard Bulletin reports. It is the country’s No. 3 title this week, according to the latest Oricon and Dempa charts, and the most popular release by a non-Japanese act. Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), which shipped “Glitter” Aug. 18, says sales to date are 450,000 units. The album has a bonus track for the local market, a third mix of the “Loverboy” single.
Carey left Sony Music earlier this year for a worldwide deal with Virgin Records, excluding Japan. The Recording Industry Association of Japan says the singer’s “The Ones,” which sold 3.6 million units in the territory, is one of the biggest-selling albums ever by a non-Japanese artist.
Virgin is scheduled to release “Glitter” Sept. 11 in the U.S. The movie for which it serves as the soundtrack goes to theaters Sept. 21 in the U.S. and in mid-October in Japan.
As previously reported, release of the film and the album were bumped after Carey suffered an emotional breakdown last month. The artist has plans to sit for an interview with Barbara Walters that will air Sept. 12 on ABC’s “20/20” at 10 p.m.