The lead singles from Carey's first six albums that weren't Christmas albums, covers albums or compilations all went to #1 in America. "Loverboy" was expected to follow suit, kicking off Glitter
in good form, but it misfired badly, entering the Hot 100 at #79 in June. I languished in this range for five weeks, climbing no higher than #59. With the song at #60 and looking to slide, Virgin Records tried to save it by cutting the price of the single to 49 cents and giving it renewed promotional support. The song jumped to #2 on August 4, but couldn't get past Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious
" to claim the top spot. It was an embarrassing failure for Virgin, which couldn't engineer a chart topper from their prized signing. There were rumors that Carey's ex, Tommy Mottola, who was still at rival Sony, pulled some strings to tank the song.