Mariah, Puffy, Q-Tip Take "Butterfly" To Number One

September 25 [7:55 EDT] -- To the surprise of almost no one, Mariah Carey will enter next week's "Billboard" pop albums chart at number one with her latest effort "Butterfly," which sold over 235,000 copies in its first week.

At least some of the album's success must be credited to the high-profile producers Carey brought in for help, including Puffy Combs, Stevie J. and A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. Carey told MTV News that while she laid down the foundation for the number one album and the chart-topping single "Honey" [1MB QuickTime] the end product was very much a joint effort.

"Well, when I wrote the lyrics and melody and laid out the vocals, I was by myself, so that's what really dictates the changes in that song," Carey said. "I don't really like to be in the studio with a producer when I'm doing that, because it gets too hectic."

However, Carey was in the trenches with Puffy, Stevie, and Q-Tip when the four were

putting "Honey" together.

"I'm there, basically, because with that song when we decided to put the 'Hey DJ' part in the beginning, that was sort of like... Puffy was like, 'I think we should have a bridge,' and I said, 'Ahh, I don't think we should have a bridge,' and he's like, 'I'm telling you, we should have a bridge.' So then Stevie and I were like, 'Put this "Hey DJ" part here.' Then we put it in the middle, and then we put it in the beginning, so it was very much of a collaborative effort [1MB QuickTime], starting with Q-Tip's idea to use the loop to the completion of the record," Carey explained.

The hard work of Mariah, Puffy, Stevie, and Q-Tip may only bask briefly in the light at the top of the charts..., as brisk sales of Elton John's "Candle In The Wind '97" may mean a short stay for Carey's "Honey" on top of the singles chart. We'll keep you posted.