Is it really Christmas without hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You?” Many would agree that it isn’t. The music legend released the classic in 1994, and nearly three decades later, it continues to be blasted on the airwaves, in homes, etc. during the holidays.
For this iconic fact along with other reasons, Carey trademarked “Queen of Christmas.” But apparently, the move has ruffled feathers ahead of the cheerful season.
'Tis The Season For A Potential Lawsuit
Variety reports that holiday music singers Darlene Love and Elizabeth Chan aren’t pleased with Carey’s trademark and that it may result in an upcoming legal battle.
For six decades, Love has become known for her Christmas music including her album “Queen of Christmas.” Each year, she releases new tunes for the holiday. Her dedication and passion for it have left her questioning what the trademark now means for her.
“Is it true that Mariah Carey trademarked ‘Queen of Christmas’?” Love wrote via Facebook. “What does that mean, that I can’t use that title? David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,’ and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything. I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes! If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!”
Elizabeth Chan Files Lawsuit Against Mariah Carey
Chan, who has also been coined the “Queen of Christmas,” filed a formal declaration of opposition against Carey with the help of her lawyer Louis W. Tompros, per the outlet. In the filing, the singer brought up that “Carey has said in interviews that she doesn’t want the title.”
“Christmas has come way before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth,” Chan said. “And I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity. That’s just not the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It’s meant to be shared; it’s not meant to be owned.”
She continued: “And it’s not just about the music business. She’s trying to trademark this in every imaginable way — clothing, liquor products, masks, dog collars — it’s all over the map. If you knit a ‘queen of Christmas’ sweater, you should be able to sell it on Etsy to somebody else so they can buy it for their grandma. It’s crazy — it would have that breadth of registration.”
Has Mariah Carey And/Or Her Team Responded Yet?
While Love and Chan have been in talks with their lawyers, Carey’s representative has yet to respond.