Saturday, May 25, 2024

Mariah Carey Dethroned as Queen of Christmas Pop as Brenda Lee Out-Streams Her with Classic 1958 Hit


Who is the Queen of Christmas pop? Is it Mariah Carey?

Not exactly. On iTunes today, Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas” is four notches higher than Brenda Lee’s classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Mariah’s at number 2, Brenda’s at number 6.

But in streaming, Brenda is number 1 on the charts leading Mariah significantly according to Indeed, Brenda jumped 55% this week as opposed to Mariah’s increase of just 41%.

Brenda had 25.3 million streams versus Mariah’s 24.5 million. Bobby Helms’s “Jingle Bell Rock” is in third place.

Brenda’s turning 78 on Sunday and I’m sure she’s happy about the success of the record. She’s getting some money from sales and streaming, but not much. She didn’t write “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Johnny Marks did. His estate gets all the money from radio play, Brenda gets nothing. That’s why MusicFirst’s performance royalty bill, heading to Congress, is so important. Imagine if Brenda had been paid for all that radio play. She’d really be rocking around that Christmas tree!

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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