A $20 million lawsuit was filed against Mariah Carey because of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Mariah Carey, who is known as the “Queen of Christmas,” isn’t having a very happy start to the summer.
Andy Stone, who co-wrote the country song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance & the Valiants, is suing Carey for copyright infringement. He says that Carey never asked for or got permission to use his title for her perennial holiday smash hit.
In the civil suit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Stone is also going after Walter Afanasieff, who wrote the song with Mariah Carey.
Before Carey changed the holiday season forever in 1994, Stone made a twangy version of the song in 1989. The music and lyrics are nothing like Carey’s pop version. In the lawsuit, he says that his song was played a lot on the radio during the holiday season of 1993, a year before Carey’s.
The “Obsessed” singer is being sued for $20 million by “Scrooge.”
Part of the lawsuit says, “Plaintiff [Stone] personally asked Defendants [Carey and Afanasieff] to stop distributing Plaintiff’s work.” “Despite Plaintiff’s request, Defendants continue to use Plaintiff’s work ‘All I Want for Christmas is You,’ making a lot of money and getting other financial benefits at Plaintiff’s expense.”
According to the documents, Carey and Afanasieff “knowingly, willfully, and intentionally engaged in a campaign to infringe [Stone’s] copyright in the work… to the commercial gain, personal profit, and unjust enrichment of the defendants and to the irreparable injury and financial loss” of Stone.
When The Post tried to get Carey’s representative to say something, they refused.
Even after all these years, Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is still being streamed and played on the radio, which keeps putting money in her stocking. The song has been played more than a billion times just on Spotify.
According to the lawsuit, Stone is a self-employed artist who makes a living by performing, selling, and licensing his own music. The money he makes from these activities is his main source of income.
In 2019 and 2020, around the holidays, Carey’s Christmas song was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Guinness World Records says that the song broke the record for the most streamed female track on Spotify in 24 hours in 2019 and then broke it again in 2020.
“WOW,” Carey’s 2020 tweet said. “I know people think I’m making “coin,” but here’s a little secret: artists don’t make much from streams. The real reason I’m sitting here amazed and thankful is that this little song I wrote makes people happy. THANK YOU & MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”
When Afanasieff and Carey got together in the summer of 1994 to write songs for the album “Merry Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was written in just 15 minutes.
“It’s not ‘Swan Lake,’ for sure,” Afanasieff said. “But that’s why it’s so popular: it’s easy to understand and tastes good!”
He also said that he hasn’t heard from the singer of “Honey” since they worked together on her 1997 album “Butterfly.” After that, she went in an R&B-influenced direction.
“It’s too bad because we got along so well,” said Afanasieff. “Working with her again is my biggest dream. Mariah, I only want you for Christmas!”