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Twitter campaign spikes Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’ sales by 8,374 percent

When Mariah Carey released the soundtrack to “Glitter” in 2001 — September 11, 2001, to be exact — it flopped. I mean, it was universally viewed as a commercial and critical failure. The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart, it was by far Mariah’s worst first-week performance to date—moving just 116,000 units. At the time, that was abysmal for one of the biggest stars in the world.

Our questionable obsession with royalty

You may have seen it on Twitter — the #UnpopularOpinion meme.

The bassoon is underrated,” for example. Or “Foo Fighters – Everlong is better than any Nirvana song ever recorded.” Or “Tony Stark is overrated.” Or “People overuse and abuse coffee and when they don't have it, they use it as an excuse to be unnecessarily rude.” Or, most abhorrently, “Flat sheets are an unnecessary step that should not exist when it comes to making a bed.”

Six Things that Deserve Your Attention

This week, for some reason, it’s simply impossible for me to decide on a single topic for this column. So, instead, I’m inclined to share a hodgepodge of the things that have occupied my attention in the past week or so — things that I believe are worthy of yours.

'Caught’ explores America’s juvenile justice system

If you know me, you know that I love a good podcast. I’ve recently discovered a new one, which I’d like to share with you.

It’s called “Caught,” and it is produced by WNYC in New York City. Hosted by Kai Wright, the nine-episode series looks at a number of young offenders caught up in America’s juvenile justice system. And it’s actually pretty compelling.

Email newsletters make surprising comeback among media outlets

I have a confession. I’ve got 104,440 unread emails right now — an actual number, not an attempt at humor by way of hyperbole. There are a whole bunch of reasons for this.

First, I’ve had the same email address for more than 12 years. Over that time, the emails have sort of piled up. For eight of those years, I served as music director for a radio station — a job that generates a lot of unsolicited email. (I still get 15 to 20 of those emails each day.)