Carey takes “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to No. 1
Mariah Carey claims the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with her immortal holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” This marks the first time in the song’s 25 year history it captured No. 1 on the respective chart after ascending to No. 3 in 2018. It also stands out as her 19th No. 1 entry on the Hot 100, making history as the most Hot 100 No. 1’s by a solo artist ever and the second most Hot 100 No. 1’s by any artist – breaking a tie with Elvis Presley and one behind The Beatles.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” can be found on the definitive version of “The Best-Selling Christmas Album of All-Time,” Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) via Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Records.
The song remains a perennial holiday staple, as it approaches one billion streams worldwide and held No. 1 on Amazon Music since Thanksgiving Day as “the most-streamed holiday song of 2019 in all 50 states.” Carey earned a Guinness World Record for “the highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist,” and “it spent 36 cumulative weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s holiday chart since 2011, the highest any holiday song in history has charted,” as reported by Variety.
Meanwhile, USA Today dubbed it “our favorite Christmas song,” and noted, “‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – arguably it’s best yet.” BuzzFeed also proclaimed it “So much more than a Christmas song.”
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. Originally released on November 1st, 1994, it went on to receive a 6x platinum certification from the RIAA, sell 15 million copies worldwide, and earn the title of “The Best-Selling Christmas Album of All-Time.” The single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” scored a 6x platinum certification and ascended into the Hot 100 as her 28th Top 10 single on the respective chart. Just last year, its eternal power would be reaffirmed in 2018. It emerged in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 as “the second holiday song in sixty years to peak in the Top 5.” Moving over 16 million copies around the globe, it remains the 11th best-selling single of all time. Plus, it spawned a children’s book and animated family film. Amazon Music also recently unveiled an exclusive mini-documentary entitled Mariah Carey Is Christmas: The Story of All I Want for Christmas Is You, offering the ultimate deep dive into the origin of the groundbreaking holiday song from the multi-GRAMMY-award-winning artist.
The song will be featured as a music-to-light show this holiday season by the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia. The show, designed by renowned lighting artist Marc Brickman, will premiere on December 19th, and will be synced live at 8 pm ET on iHeartMedia New York’s Z-100, Power 105.1, 103.5 KTU and 106.7 Lite FM. Viewers outside of New York City can tune in to watch the show live via Earthcam. A video of the entire show will be posted on the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel immediately following the premiere on the 19th for fans around the world to enjoy. To continue celebrating the festive season, the synchronized light show will broadcast on iHeartMedia New York’s Z-100 and Lite FM every night at 8 pm ET through December 25th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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