Mariah Carey is in hot water after being filed with a copyright infringement lawsuit for her 1994 holiday song “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Andy Stone, a songwriter, has filed suit against Carey in New Orleans federal court, claiming that he co-wrote a tune with an identical title as the legendary singer’s song in 1990.
Stone, a frontman of country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, demands at least $20 million in damages. In the lawsuit, he named Carey, his co-writer, and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming they illegally used his “popularity and unique style.”
The songwriter claims that his 1993 hit reached “extensive airplay” and earned him a place on the Billboard charts, adding that efforts to reach an agreement with Carey and other co-defendants in April 2021 failed.
Carey’s Christmas classic ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 2019 and has been going up and down the charts since then.
In 2019, Carey said in an interview with EW that it’s her pride that the song has been dominating the holiday season.
“When it first came out, it was more of a gradual thing,” stated Carey. “It was popular, but it didn’t have what it has now. I feel like people have grown up with the song, and it’s become a part of people’s lives in terms of the way they celebrate the holidays. That makes me feel really proud as someone that loves Christmas so much.”
A small detail that Carey does not want to talk about is the years that have gone by since the song’s release.
“I rebuke time,” she stated. “I have a thing where I just live outside the traditional realm of how we measure [it]. So, in that way, Santa and myself are very similar.”
This year has been a tough one for music fans, with many artists being sued over the similarities between their songs. In March, Dua Lipa was named in Artikal Sound System’s lawsuit against her because “Levitating” sounds too similar to the group’s 2017 single “Live Your Life.”
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