Saturday, June 15, 2024

And Just Like That…Mariah Carey’s Annual Christmas Cash In Ends as “All I Want etc” Leaves All Charts


and just like that…Mariah Carey is gone from the charts…

Back on November 3rd, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” appeared at number 25 on the iTunes charts. Carey hadn’t been on the top 100 all year, since Christmas 2020.

The annual Christmas cash in began. And now, on January 1st, it’s over. “All I Want” is gone from the charts. It reached number 1 around Christmas but, like other novelty holiday songs, it’s vanished into thin air. The Carey Christmas cash in is over.

It was mighty prescient of Mariah’s writer, Walter Afanasieff, to fashion a song for her that sounded like it was right off Phil Spector’s Christmas album. If you didn’t know it was Mariah singing you’d think it was Darlene Love or Ronnie Spector circa 1961. The production is very similar. Afanasieff did a good job.

Carey doesn’t sell records anymore. She’s in the same boat as a lot of legacy artists who release new music to deaf ears. This winter, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys and Rod Stewart were among those with that situation. So having “All I Want” is all gravy, a terrific annuity. And once the holiday season is over, so is the song.

Til next November then…

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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