Mariah Careyhas extra reason to celebrate this Christmas…
The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week.
Carey’s carol also breaks its own record for the biggest streaming week ever for a holiday song: 54.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending December 19, according to Nielsen Music.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” on Columbia/Legacy Records, tops the Streaming Songschart for a third consecutive week, and fourth total frame (after a week at No. 1 last holiday season), up 19% to 54.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending December 19, according to Nielsen Music. The total is the best weekly sum ever for a holiday hit, surpassing the 51.9 million that the song drew last season (January 5, 2019).
Originally released in 1994 on Carey’s album Merry Christmas, the modern classic reached the Hot 100’s top 10 at last in December 2017 and rose to its prior No. 3 high last holiday season, before topping the tally for the first time last week and becoming only the second holiday No. 1 ever on the Hot 100, joining The Chipmunks‘ “The Chipmunk Song” (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59.
Among other feats achieved last week with the Hot 100 coronation of “Christmas,” Carey collected her 19th No. 1, extending her record for the most among soloists and moving to within one of The Beatles‘ record 20. This week, she adds her record-extending 81st career week at No. 1 and extends the longest span of Hot 100 No. 1s for any artist: 29 years, four months and three weeks, dating to her first frame at No. 1 on the chart dated August 4, 1990, with “Vision of Love.”
Additionally last week, Carey became the fourth artist with Hot 100 No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s & 2010s, joining Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Usher. No act has ever logged time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in four distinct decades, consecutively or otherwise; thus, if “Christmas” is No. 1 on the chart next week (dated January 4, 2020), Carey would become the first artist to achieve the honor. (A new video for the song, released Friday, December 20, will help the song’s fortunes on next week’s charts.)