The album produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbias highest selling act.
Carey and Boyz II Men spent a record sixteen weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995–96 with "One Sweet Day," which remains the longest-running number-one song in US chart history.
Following a contentious divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly (1997).
In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards and subsequently named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.
Austin was awarded two Grammy Awards for his work on the songs "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey and "Be Without You" by Mary J. Covering current events, sports and the entertainment world, Austin went on to become the Atlanta Bureau Chief for the CNN weekly news program, Real News for Kids and the reporter for the TBS half hour weekly, Feed Your Mind.
Austin grew up singing in church choirs and wanted to become an actor, and he interviewed such celebrities as Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan, among others, and in 1993, made his television debut on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he admitted he loved singing and was offered to sing with Arsenio Hall's band.
There, he met rapper Melissa "Missy" Elliott, singer-songwriter Stephen "Static Major" Garrett and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s.
After Swing Mob folded, they continued working together on different projects, one of which was Ginuwine's 1996 debut album, titled Ginuwine... The first single, "Pony", written by Static Major, showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo.
"Pony" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was used in a karaoke scene from the film Wild Hogs in 2007.
It was used again in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008.
Instead, it was later included on the posthumously released compilation album, I Care 4 U (2002).
Austin co-wrote "Just Be a Man About it" for The Heat, third studio album for Toni Braxton.
In 2012, "Pony" was featured in a strip tease dance performed by Channing Tatum in the film Magic Mike.