All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
Song Title: All I Want for Christmas Is You
Artist: Mariah Carey
Date of release: November the 1st 1994
Description: ” All I Want for Christmas Is You ” is by Mariah Carey, the American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. The song was written and produced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff.
Walter Afanasieff ( known as Baby Love in the 1980s ) is a Russian record producer and songwriter. The multiple Grammy Award winner has written and produced for many artists including Richard Marx, Whitney Houston, Thalía, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, George Benson, Destiny’s Child, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Toni Braxton, Leona Lewis, Andrea Bocelli and Johnny Mathis.
The song was released on the 1st of November 1994 by record label Columbia Records ( owned by Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the lead single from Mariah’s first Christmas Album ( her fourth Album overall ) ” Merry Christmas “.
The RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) has certified the Album five-times Platinum with sales of over 5 Million. In Japan the Album is the fourth best-selling of all time by a non-Asian solo artist. Mariah’s Album ” Merry Christmas ” is the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
Lyrically the uptempo love song is about the narrator not caring about Christmas presents or lights, all she wants for Christmas is to be with her lover.
After the success of Mariah’s 1993 best-selling album ” Music Box “, Mariah and her management at Columbia Records started to think of ideas for future projects. Her then-husband, Tommy Mottola, head of Sony Music Entertainment, owners of Columbia Records, started looking into follow ups for her during the height of her career.
One idea was to make a Christmas Album, however both Mariah and Walter feared that releasing holiday music at the height of a singer’s career was often associated with the end of a career not during the height.
Mariah and Walter Afanasieff wrote ” All I Want for Christmas Is You ” in late August 1994 and took just fifteen minutes to write it. Walter later recalled ” It’s definitely not ‘Swan Lake,’. But that’s why it’s so popular — because it’s so simple and palatable! ”
Originally a live band was used for the drums and other instruments, however Walter felt this was too raw and unhappy with the results he scrapped the initial recording. He later used his computer to put together the song’s backing track, adding all the instruments including the piano, effects, drums and triangle.
The accompanying music video was directed by Mariah during Christmas 1993 and shot in the home video style. Outdoor scenes were filmed in Oak Ridge, New Jersey, at the Fairy Tale Forest, Tommy Mottola ( Mariah’s then husband ) made a cameo appearance as Santa.
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” All I Want for Christmas Is You ” was and still is a hugely successful single. In the United States it was not eligible for inclusion on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart when first released because it was not released commercially as a stand alone single.
In 2016 the song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart after rules were relaxed for inclusion in 1998. It spent a total of 1 week on the chart in January 2016.
The song has become the best-selling holiday ringtone and certified by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) as double-platinum, making it the first ringtone to do so.
In the United Kingdom, ” All I Want for Christmas Is You ” entered the UK chart on the 10th of December 1994 and peaked at number 2. Mariah was held off the top slot by East 17’s Christmas single ” Stay Another Day “. Mariah spent 8 weeks in the top ten and a total of 72 weeks on the UK chart.
In 2010 the song was named the Number One holiday song of the decade in the UK and with sales in excess of 1 Million it was certified double platinum by the BPI ( British Phonographic Industry ), it is her best-selling single in the UK to date.
Sales have exceeded 14 Million Worldwide making it Mariah’s most successful international hit and putting her at number 11 on the biggest selling singles of all time list. It has been reported that as of 2013 that the song has earned in the region of $50 Million in royalties.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 11
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 11, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 5, Canada Hot Digital Songs (Billboard) 10, Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 6, Denmark (Tracklisten) 4, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 12, France (SNEP) 7, Germany (Official German Charts) 13, Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 3, Hungary (Single Top 40) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 4, Japan (Oricon Singles Chart) 2, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) 7, Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 2, Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 7, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 3, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 6
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