The ONLY reason why Mariah's cd didnt do well is because of her timing and single choice...the cd had some great single potentials. Obsessed released on June 16th peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 but when she followed up with "I Want To Know What Love Is" I immediately knew that was a disaster. That song is not even single quality it should have just been an album filler because its something only the fans would like not the mass audience. Not to mention, it took her FOREVER to come out with a video and when it did come out it was boring since all she does is just stand there, H.A.T.E.U was boring too for the same reason. If I was under her management team I wouldnt have released Obsessed so early so that her competition wouldnt have ran into Whitney's comeback (and i'm not saying Mariah stands no chance against Whitney but usually when someone of that star magnitude goes on hiatus its inevitable that their comeback will become a big talk), and I wouldve did a follow-up after obsessed with 2 singles simulataneously like with 'Ribbon' and something else, maybe Candy Bling or Betcha Gon Know and H.A.T.E.U. couldve been sequels because they have a similar story line. Mariah is still thinking she in the 90s, she got to understand that singles and albums are QUICKLY forgotten about these days. One month this single and artist is hot the next month it's not even about them anymore. She takes too long to release singles and she takes too long to release videos. And she's not doing enough promotion. She's gotten SO LAZY since she's been with Nick Cannon, I dont think she cares to make the kind of impact with the music business like she use to. If I was over Def Jam I wouldnt even allow a re-release of MOAIA next year under remixes because I don't think the public is going to really go out and all of a sudden purchase this album. But then again it was baldheaded L.A. Reid's choice to release " I Want To Know...", Its a wrap for Memoirs, no pun intended, if I was her I would Fire my management, get back in the studio and start over and do a new cd in like 2 years from now if the contract permits.
This is my opinion but I fell her single choices shouldve been in this order:
1. Obsessed 2. Betcha Gon Know & H.a.t.e.u 3. Ribbon & Candy Bling 4. Inseperable & Angels Cry 5. Up out my face 6. I want to know what love is (this can be a concert clip made into a video)