Sunday, April 21, 2024

Weird: After 25 Years, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Hits Number 1 on Billboard Charts


The best investment Mariah Carey ever made was in Christmas. She is the pop queen of the holiday. And here’s the proof: her 25 year old single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has hit number 1 on Billboard today.

Mariah, who can’t get arrested on the charts anymore, possesses this perennial hit that just gets bigger and bigger every year. It’s written in the Phil Spector style of Christmas songs by her old collaborator Walter Afanasieff, who I hope lives in a big mansion with a large chimney. Mariah is the co-writer.

Last week, “All I Want” sold 242,000 copies, most of which came from streaming. But 27,000 copies were paid downloads. Not bad. Year to year, since last December 15th, “All I Want” has sold almost 1 million copies. Pretty impressive.

When the single first came out it did well, but it’s built and built over the years. And that’s mainly because Mariah started to take the Christmas tie in seriously, and milks it all year long. There have remasters, remixes, albums of Xmas songs, and so on.

Well, it takes a lot of reindeer to live it up, and Mariah by now has her own farm of the magical horse like creatures stationed in Aspen at her disposal.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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