Decades after the initial release of All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey is now being sued for copyright infringement over the song that made her the Queen of Christmas.
According to TMZ, songwriters Andy Stone and Troy Powers are suing Carey for at least $20 million in damages over the hit holiday track. The duo previously attempted to sue the singer and Stone called her out for copying their song. In the new court documents, Powers claims there are “substantial similarities in the lyrical hook, melody, and overall feel” between Carey’s song and their number.
All I Want For Christmas Is You first appeared on Mariah Carey’s fourth studio album and first Christmas album, Merry Christmas, in 1994. It was released as the album’s lead single and became a staple in the holiday seasons to come. It has broken the record for the longest gap between release and reaching number one in both the US and UK. Earlier this year, the Library of Congress selected the tune to be included in the National Recording Registry.
Mariah Carey Previously Admitted that She Thought the Record Company ‘Was Off’ When Asked to Record a ‘Christmas Album ’
Although she’s undoubtedly the Queen of Christmas thanks to All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey admitted she wasn’t fully onboard with recording her Christmas album to begin with.
During a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Carey said she had some doubts about recording the album. “That’s because it was so early in my career,” she said about her doubts. “I didn’t feel, from a strategic point of view, that it was time to do something like that. As much as I love Christmas, I thought that the record company was off. Obviously, I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
When asked about writing the song, Mariah Carey recalled working on the tune and what it meant to her. “I just started thinking about all things Christmas and growing up as a kid that loves Christmas. I think that’s why it’s such a festive record. Somebody said the other day, “It’s the saddest Christmas song ever because you’re like, ‘I don’t care about all these things. I just want this other person.’ And I guess that’s my thing.”
Carey also said that she wanted to put a love twist onto a Christmas song. She said Christmas and love are her favorite things in the world. She then added that All I Want For Christmas Is You gives her a feeling of happiness she can’t describe. “Yes, it’s a hugely successful song. Do I think it’s the best song that I’ve ever written? I don’t know how to judge that. [But] it has its own place for me.”
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