[Mariah Carey] likewise is attempting to refocus attention from her private life to her music with the single "Through the Rain," after last year's nervous breakdown, the disappointment of her "Glitter" film and album (it's sold just 554,000 copies) and a humbling contract buyout.
At KIIS-FM, [Michael Steele] says, "I like [Houston's new single].... I can't say the same for Mariah's.... But I'll tell you what's going to be an even bigger hit is the next [Christina] [Aguilera] single, 'Beautiful.' That's not just a great record; it could be a career record for her. And 'Dirrty' continues to be a big hit for us.
THE ELUSIVE HIT: [Whitney Houston]'s latest two singles haven't generated much enthusiasm.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark J. Terrill; COMEBACK GIRL?: Mariah Carey hopes her single "Through the Rain" will refocus attention from her private life to her music.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Jed Jacobsohn Getty Images