Mariah Carey sued over holiday song All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey sued for copyright infringement over her iconic 1994 holiday hit All I Want For Christmas Is You… which has gone on to earn the singer ‘over $60million’ in royalties

  • Andy Stone filed a lawsuit claiming his 1989 song of the same name inspired her 1994 song, which has since become a Christmas standard
  • Under the name Vince Vance & The Valiants, Stone co-wrote and recorded his version of All I Want For Christmas Is You five years before Carey’s tune
  • Stone’s song, a country ballad, made it to the Billboard charts several times in the 1990s, while Carey’s more uptempo version has topped the Billboard charts in 26 countries over the years
  • Carey’s version has sales of over 16 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling holiday song by a female artist
  • In his suit, Stone maintains Carey and her legal team never sought or obtained permission to use the title, All I Want For Christmas Is You 
  • It’s not uncommon for musical artists to have similar, or in some cases, the same title of songs 

Mariah Carey is being sued over her iconic hit holiday song All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Another artist, Andy Stone, filed the lawsuit against the five-time Grammy winner, claiming copyright infringement 28 years after she released the Christmas jingle in 1994, according to TMZ.

Stone claims to have recorded a holiday-themed song, also titled All I Want For Christmas Is You, several years before Carey dropped her track.

Her version went on to top the charts in 26 countries and reportedly earn a whopping $60 million in royalties by 2017, according to The Economist.

Songs of the same name: Mariah Carey, 53, is being sued for copyright infringement over her holiday-themed song All I Want For Christmas Is You

Stone recorded his song, a country ballad, in Nashville in 1989 under the artist name, Vince Vance & The Valiants, featuring lead vocals from Lisa Burgess Stewart, otherwise known as Lisa Layne.

The track went on to chart on the Billboard Hot Country Songs on six separate occasions in the 1990s, and eventually had a music video to accompany it.

It would be about five years after Stone and his Vince Vance & The Valiants’ release that Carey dropped All I Want For Christmas Is You as the lead single to her fourth studio album Merry Christmas in 1994, along with her own music video.

Her version, which was co-written by Walter Afanasieff and proves to be more uptempo than Stone’s track, has since gone on to becomes a Christmas standard that seemingly surges in popularity each holiday season.

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Track #1: Under the artist name Vince Vance & The Valiants, Andy Stone co-wrote and recorded a country ballad titled All I Want For Christmas Is You in 1989

Country vibes: Stone’s version, featuring lead vocals from Lisa Burgess Stewart, otherwise known as Lisa Layne, eventually had a music video to accompany it

With sales of over 16 million copies worldwide, Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You is now the best-selling holiday song by a female artist, and one of the best-selling physical singles in music history.

Just this past December, it broke the billion streams plateau, which translates into even more royalty money flowing in, according to TMZ.

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Track #2: Carey’s version of All I Want For You For Christmas Is You was released about five years after Stone’s, and has 

Her take: Carey’s song sounds obviously different from Stone’s, in part, due to the uptempo feel and different lyrics and melodies

In his lawsuit, Stone claims Carey and her legal team never sought or obtained permission to use the title, All I Want For Christmas Is You.

It’s not uncommon for musical artists to have similar, or in some cases, the same song title. 

Copyright infringement suits are typically based on the sound and melodies of songs, And in this case, the sound of the two tracks and the melodies are different.

The only similarities between the two songs that are apparent are the titles.

With previous copyright cases as precedent in mind, it’s unlikely that Stone’s case will hold up in court, but that remains to be seen.

Massive hit: Carey’s track, which was the lead single off her fourth studio album Merry Christmas, went on to top the Billboard charts in 26 countries

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