Tuesday, July 23, 2024

All Mariah Carey Wants Is to Get Back to Number 1, But Famed Holiday Song is Struggling This Year


Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” has been a sales onslaught for two decades. In the last few years it hit number 1 during the holidays, along with its album called “Merry Christmas.”

Carey has made Christmas into her holiday, branding it with the song written by Walter Afanasieff. It got to the point where the record was ubiquitous.

Not so this years. The song is number 7 on iTunes singles chart, and number 3 on the iTunes Holiday chart. The album is number 31.

On top: Brenda Lee’s 63 year old “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.” And Cher’s Christmas album is number 2 on the album chart, right behind a holiday album from the Philly Specials.

Mariah’s perennial hits are struggling with just two weeks to go before the holidays are over.

What happened? Over saturation? Just too much of a good thing? Or is it possible everyone who wants the song or album has it by now?

Without “All I Want,” Carey has low album sales during the year. It’s been a decade since she actually had a hit. Maybe this turn of events will inspire her to record a record of classics, something to show off her voice while its at its peak.

Meantime, appearing on “The Voice” has sent Reba McEntire’s “Seven Minutes in Heaven” back to number 1.

Roger Friedman
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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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