That happened in 1998. After splitting with her manager, Tommy Mottola, both in business and in marriage, Carey debuted a new, sexier persona. But it took a while for the image to stick. Carey's 2001 autobiographical film, "Glitter," and the accompanying soundtrack were ridiculed by critics; both movie and album performed poorly. The following year, Carey's record label bought out her contract, creating further speculation that her career was over.