Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s officially Mariah Carey’s time to shine!
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The Queen Of Christmas
Over the past few years, the legendary singer has been dubbed the Queen of Christmas, and rightfully so, after creating one of the best holiday songs of all time nearly 30 years ago.
The famous “All I Want For Christmas Is You” record debuted in October 1994. Fast forward to 2021, and Forbes revealed that a 2016 study led by The Economist found that Carey brings in just about $2.5 million for the song per year.
How Much Is The Song Worth?
From 1994 to 2016, Carey brought in an estimated $60 million, thanks to her smash Christmas hit.
In December 2021, Forbes reported that she “has probably made an additional $12.5 million since, bringing her to more than $72 million from just one song.”
The Studio Session That Changed It All
Rumor has it that Carey managed to write the track in 15 minutes before recording in two hours tops.
“I think that the story has taken on different layers,” said Carey in a previous interview with Parade.com. “I started writing that on a little DX7 or Casio keyboard that was in this little room in the house that I lived in at the time in upstate New York lifetimes ago. Just writing down everything that I thought about. All the things that reminded me of Christmas that made me feel festive that i wanted other people to feel.”
The Bigger Picture
Carey admits that while she has managed to rake in some serious dough from the track, what makes it special, for her, is the timing of it all when she first conjured up the song almost three decades ago.
“If someone said to me, ‘What’s the lyric that stands out?’ To me in that song it is, ‘I won’t ask for much this Christmas, I won’t even wish for snow,'” said Carey. “Because when I first wrote that song I was very, very early on in my career and I was still thinking about childhood stuff when I did wish for snow every year. So, for me to say, ‘I won’t even wish for snow?’ That’s bleak. I don’t want to have a non-snowy Christmas.”
"Queen of Christmas"
As AfroTech previously reported, Mariah Carey had taken steps to trademark the phrase “Queen of Christmas.” However, fellow holiday music singers Darlene Love and Elizabeth Chan weren’t pleased with Carey’s request, resulting in a legal battle.
Chan filed a motion in opposition, according to NPR, as she also considers herself the “Queen of Christmas.” Carey’s team then filed motions to extend proceedings but missed the deadline to respond to Chan’s objection.
In conclusion, the outlet reports that “the Trial Trademark and Appeal Board finally made a ‘judgment by default,’ rejecting Carey’s trademark request.”