i remember it getting plenty of "hype" on radio and MTV. I remember watching the MTV Premier of Ava Adore. Weird that video premieres used to be a big deal that was advertised in advance.
But I also remember it also being the beginning of people who had gotten on the SP wagon with MCIS starting to jump off. Lots of casual fans were complaining that Adore was boring, depressing, dumb, etc. I loved that tour. It was my favorite year or two of SP (other than the year before and after SD).
Yeah, it got a lot of hype.