Saturday, May 18, 2024

Darlene Love, the Real Queen of Christmas, Objects to Mariah Carey’s Trademark Application, and She’s Right


Mariah Carey knows just how to get herself in hot water.

According to Variety, Mariah is trying to trademark “The Queen of Christmas” for herself. This is because the only record she has on her resume that still sells is “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The song has been a mega hit for 25 years largely because it’s a take on all the Phil Spector Christmas songs. Walter Afanasieff wrote “All I Want,” Mariah claims co-authorship, but really it’s written and produced like a Spector/Ellie Greenwich song.

Darlene Love objects to the trademark. Darlene is the actual Queen of Christmas, even more so now that Ronnie Spector has sadly left us. Darlene’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is the ultimate Christmas record. She sang it on David Letterman’s show every year for 25 years. It dates back to the 60s.

And it was written by Spector, Greenwich, and Jeff Barry.

Since she registered her complaint about Mariah trying to muscle in on Christmas, Love has had to endure the wrath of Carey’s fans, the Lambs. (They are hardly lambs, as I could have told her.) Below are Darlene’s latest thoughts on the subject.

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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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