Mariah Carey’s celebrating a return to No. 1 Down Under…
The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer tops the charts in Australia with “All I Want For Christmas is You.”
Carey’s insta-holiday classic rules the ARIA Singles Chartfor the second year running. Its chart journey in Australia is no less unusual than its 25-year-long ride to the summit in the United States.
“All I Want For Christmas is You” was released in 1994 and peaked at No. 2 that year Down Under. Powered by streaming, the tune hit the summit for the first time in 2018, a full 24 years after its release.
The Queen of Christmasalso bags eighth position on the national albums survey this week with Merry Christmaswhich, like “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” is six-times platinum certified.
Mariah Careyis lightin’ up the holidays in a big way…
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Merry Christmas album and its iconic single “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100this week, the 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer dropped by the Empire State Building to flip the switch to the top of the legendary skyscraper’s brand new music-to-light show with Carey’s insta-classic holiday track at the heart of it.
Designed by Marc Brickman, the lights of the NYC landmark will correspond with the notes of her holiday hit — which will play simultaneously on iHeartMedia New York’s Z100, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTUand 106.7 Lite FM starting at 8:00 pm from Thursday through Christmas Day.
“Each year, the Empire State Building partners with iHeartRadio to celebrate the holiday season with a spectacular LED music-to light show,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, the President of the Empire State Building observatory, said by way of Carey’s introduction. “This year, we’re delighted to be syncing our tower of lights and counting down to Christmas with this holiday classic that’s also celebrating reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on its 25th anniversary.”
Billboard‘s Hannah Karp and Gary Trust were also on hand to celebrate the occasion and present Carey with an award for her most recent Billboardchart accomplishment.
“Topping the Billboard charts is nothing new for Mariah: until this week, she had had 18 songs reach No. 1 on our Hot 100 chart, which is more than any other female solo artist,” said Karp. “But it’s extremely rare for a Christmas song to top the Hot 100, and it’s equally tough to crack the Christmas market with an original tune that can outsell or outstream traditional carols.”
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 25 years after its initial release; it had previously broken into the top 10 in 2017 and rose as high as No. 3 in 2018, and Carey is elated to add this particular song to her collection of No. 1s.
“We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear this year with the song to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit No. 1 two weeks before Christmas!” she told Billboard shortly after hearing the news on Monday. “I just want to thank everybody. I want the world to have the best holiday ever.”
Completing a journey 25 years in the making, the 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s 1994 insta-holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, jingling 3-1 on the chart dated December 21, 2019.
Originally released in 1994 on Carey’s albumMerry 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 (and matched the rank last week).
Carey adds her 19th Hot 100 No. 1, extending her record for the most among soloists. She also moves to within one of The Beatles‘ overall-record 20 Hot 100 No. 1s.
Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is 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.
Carey joins an elite club of acts with Hot 100 No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s & 2010s. Its previously-inducted members: Christina Aguilera, Britney Spearsand Usher.
Carey’s decade-by-decade breakout: 14 No. 1s in the ’90s, four in the ’00s and now one in the ’10s.
Notably, 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 dated Jan. 4, two weeks from now, Carey would become the first artist to achieve the honor.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress is sharing a new video she recorded for Spotify as part of the streamer’s 25th anniversary celebration of the singer’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” single.
Carey’s perennial holiday chart-topper, with more than 520 million global streams on Spotify — where it is on 12 million playlists — is the centerpiece of a collaboration between the singer and the streaming service called Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You Experience.
The collection, out this week, is curated with original content that compliments the deluxe anniversary edition of Mariah’s Merry Christmasalbum and will “serve as the ultimate destination” for Carey fans around the world, according to Spotify.
The 37-track collection includes the title song, of course, as well as renditions of “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Joy to the World,” “Santa Cluas is Comin’ to Town” as well as a number or remixes and tracks recorded live at St. John the Divine.
The 49-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress makes her now-annual return to the Billboard Hot 100 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which re-enters at No. 39 on the November 23-dated chart.
The 1994 carol concurrently returns to the Streaming Songs list, up 58% to 15.2 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending November 14, according to Nielsen Music.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” returns to both charts the earliest that it ever has since it began its yearly jaunt back onto the Hot 100 beginning in 2012. Last year, it re-entered at No. 29, and at No. 30 on Streaming Songs, on charts dated December 1, 2018. To compare, that week it drew 14.4 million streams, vs. this week’s 15.2 million.
The last time that the insta-holiday-classic scaled Streaming Songs, it dashed all the way to No. 1, crowning the January 5-dated chart with 51.9 million streams in the tracking week ending December 27 (which, of course, included Christmas Day).
Aiding its total this season, a new video, featuring unreleased footage from the original 1994 clip’s shoot, was released November 1 (with 54% of the song’s overall streams in the latest tracking week from video views).
While Carey boasts the first holiday song on the Hot 100 and Streaming Songs this season, chances are she won’t be alone for long. The closest Yuletide track below the 50-position Streaming Songs threshold, Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” shows 8.2 million streams, up 83%, followed by Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (7.8 million, up 102%) and Burl Ives‘ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (7.3 million, up 75%).
The streaming total of “All I Want for Christmas is You” accounts for the bulk of its Hot 100 activity, although the song also drew 9.5 in airplay audience (up 217%) and sold 4,000 (up 1%) in the tracking week. Its airplay, as well as its streaming and sales, should only continue to surge as adult radio stations, among other formats, continue to flip to all-holiday music. The song scored 43 and 17 plays on KOSTLos Angeles and WLTW New York, respectively, in the week ending November 17, with both stations among those that have, ahead of Thanksgiving, begun decorating their playlists with wall-to-wall holiday songs.
Looking ahead to its expected radio run this season, ” All I Want for Christmas is You” has peaked with over 40 million in weekly all-format airplay audience in each of the past four holiday seasons.
As for the history of Carey’s holiday favorite on the Hot 100, it’s every bit as tangled as Christmas tree lights just taken down from the attic.
To recap, Carey’s album Merry Christmaswas originally released on November 1, 1994 (and rereleased this Nov. 1, coincidentally, the 100th and 125th anniversaries of the first Billboard magazine, dated Nov. 1 1894). However, ” All I Want for Christmas is You,” from the set, was not then made a commercially-available physical single (i.e., it was not available for purchase as a cassette or CD single on its own in stores) and, per rules at the time, was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100. Still, it became a big radio hit upon its arrival, reaching No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart that season.
In December 1998, all cuts became eligible for the Hot 100 and beginning in 2012, coinciding with the addition of streaming to the chart’s data feed, ” All I Want for Christmas is You ” has hit the Hot 100 annually since, as, per current rules, songs released years earlier are eligible to debut or return if ranking in the top 50 and are gaining in multiple metrics with a significant reason for their resurgences.
In December 2017, “Christmas” hit the Hot 100’s top 10 at last, while last season it rose to No. 3, becoming the highest-charting holiday hit since “The Chipmunk Song,” by The Chipmunks with David Seville, led for four weeks beginning December 22, 1958.
Move over, Oprah… Mariah Carey is sharing her own favorite things…
The 49-year-old Grammy-winning songstress has shared her hand-selected Mariah Must-Haves list on Amazon, giving her Lambilya one-stop shopping experience this holiday season.
Mariah’s list features some fan essentials, like the 20th anniversary deluxe and vinyl editions of the Mariah Carey Merry Christmas album, a Mariah Funko Pop Christmasfigurine and her All I Want For Christmas is You book and animated feature film.
“If you know me, you know how much I love good tea! Find you tea, dahhlings!” Mariah says in a message on the Amazon shopping site, which luckily includes a Vahdam x Mariah Carey Christmas Joy Tea Gift Set, with two different holiday chai tea blends ($34.99), as well as a temperature-controlled smart mug ($129.95) and a Victrola vintage bluetooth suitcase with speakers ($42.99) to pump out Mariah’s holiday hits while you’re chilling out by the fire.
“No holiday party is complete without holiday music,” Mariah writes in a caption next to the turntable. “I like to use this festive record player to listen to my vinyl collection. This holiday season you can listen to ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ exclusively on vinly! Vintage! So adorable.”
The collection also features an RHM karaoke machine ($219.95), a Vitruvistone oil diffuser ($119), some holiday-themed Mariah onesies, a Wickedbone smart bone interactive toy for dogs and cats ($99), WindNSun Monarch butterfly kit ($19.95), a bluetooth-enabled ReignCharmHollywood vanity mirror ($389.99), Cinemood portable movie theater ($315.00), the Dapper Dog Box full of curated dog treats and toys ($25.90), and many more items.
Mariah Careyis proving to be the Queen of Christmas…
The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress and “All I Want for Christmas is You” singer has announced a holiday tour in the form of a limited engagement trek in five cities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her iconic album Merry Christmas.
Carey’s festive tour will begin in November with a five-show holiday residency at Caesars Palacein Las Vegas, which was announced earlier this year. The new batch of dates includes five more shows in December, beginning in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on December 7, with the grand finale at New York’s Madison Square Gardenon December 15.
The All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour will feature tunes from Carey’s Merry Christmas as well as her biggest non-holiday hits.
Tickets for the All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour dates will go on sale October 4 at 10:00 am. local time. Those who pre-order the deluxe editionof Merry Christmas will have access to a pre-sale beginning October 1 at 11:00 am local time, and Mariah Carey fan club members will also be able to purchase tickets on October 1 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Additionally, Citi cardmembers will have access to a presale beginning October 2 at 10:00 am local time. All presales will end on October 3 at 10:00 pm local time. (Tickets for her Las Vegas Christmas residency and 2020 shows are already available.)
Carey is spreading the holiday cheer even further with her Christmas tour, as $1 from each ticket sold will benefit Toys for Tots. The superstar also encourages fans to bring unwrapped toys to donate at each tour stop.
Here’s full list of Mariah Carey’s tour dates, including both her holiday shows and 2020 Las Vegas residency:
Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You presented by Hallmark Channel Tour Dates
Nov 22 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov 23 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov 27 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov 29 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Nov 30 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Dec 7 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena Dec 9 — Washington, DC @ The Theater MGM National Harbor Dec 12 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena Dec 13 — Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre Dec 15 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
The Butterfly Returns 2020
Feb 14, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Feb 15, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Feb 19, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Feb 21, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Feb 22, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Mariah Carey’s holiday classic is getting the Friendstreatment…
The latest video from the team behind “Friends Singing” tackles the 48-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
The super mash-up of scenes from Friends uses dialogue from the beloved sitcom to have Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey sing Carey’s holiday hit.
While they don’t really “sing,” the insanely detailed editing job taps dozens of episodes to piece together the lyrics to the 1994 modern holiday classic which once again topped Billboard’s Holiday 100 for the week ending December 22, giving it 33 weeks at No. 1 on the tally.
Mariah Carey is getting into the holiday spirit with her team. And she’s sharing it with the world!
Midway through her All I Want for Christmas tour of the United Kingdom and Europe, the 48-year-old Half-Venezuelan American singershared a hilarious video of herself rehearsing the 1994 holiday hit with her makeup team and backup dancers.
“Warming up for the holidays,” Carey captioned the upbeat clip, which she shared on Twitter.
The 50-second video begins with Carey and her makeup and hair people joyously singing along to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” before her whole entourage joins in the fun.
This is the sixth time Carey has embarked on the annual Christmas tour and the second time she’s taken it to Europe. The 11-date trek launched December 1 in Norway and wraps December 17 in Spain.
The 48-year-old Half-Venezuelan American singer has become the first artist to replace herself at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart since its inception in 2012.
The diva’s Merry Christmasleaps 4-1 on the ranking dated December 8 and deposes her own LP, Caution, which slips 1-8 in its second week.
Merry Christmas, released in 1994, earned 24,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 29, according to Nielsen Music, while Caution netted 14,000 units sold.
As MerryChristmas ascends, Carey collects her third leader on the chart, following Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, a one-week champ in 2014 and Caution.
In addition to its Top R&B Albums coronation, Merry Christmas also rallies 24-9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 50-19 on the Billboard 200.
Nearly 25 years after its debut, Merry Christmas consistently remains one of the top performing holiday albums each year, with its success largely traceable to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” virtually a modern standard in the holiday catalog.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” also makes its annual return to several Billboard charts, including a 29-14 surge on the Billboard Hot 100 and a 30-8 roar on Streaming Songs. The tune also inaugurates this year’s first edition of the seasonal Holiday 100 chart in a familiar spot — No. 1 — for its 31st week overall.