Mariah Carey faces another copyright lawsuit over 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

Mariah Carey faces another copyright lawsuit over 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

Did you know that this song, which was released in 1994, has topped the holiday charts every year since its release?

Mariah Carey wearing sunglasses and gold evening dress in snowy place
Mariah Carey wearing sunglasses and gold evening dress in snowy place/Facebook/@MariahTrends

Let us set the scene for you...

It's the day before Christmas and everyone is relaxed, seated in the lounge admiring their beautifully-decorated Christmas tree...

What's missing? The soft and nostalgic sounds of Mariah Carey's hit song, 'All I Want for Christmas Is You', of course.

It wouldn't be Christmas without the Queen of Christmas sharing her melodic voice with us. But it seems that through all the success and love of the 1994 hit song, there is yet another person claiming its authenticity. 

"Country singer Andy Stone filed a copyright lawsuit in California district court Wednesday alleging Carey ripped off his song of the same name with his band, Vince Vance and the Valiants." (NBC News)

Alongside Stone is his co-writer, Troy Powers, and they claim that they wrote their version of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in 1988. 

They also named Sony Music and Universal Music Group as co-creators in the lawsuit. 

"The suit alleges that Carey copied the "compositional structure of an extended comparison between a loved one and trappings of seasonal luxury, and further includes several of Plaintiffs’ lyrical phrases." (NBC News)

The plaintiffs go as far as claiming that it's not just the "phrases and lyrics" that were copied, but, as per NBC News, it was also "the combination of the specific chord progression in the melody paired with the verbatim hook," which they allege "was a greater than 50% clone of Vance’s original work, in both lyric choice and chord expressions".

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Carey doesn't seem phased by the suit. She recently spoke about the hit single, which is now 30 years old, and expressed that the reason for the success might have to do with her love for Christmas...

Watch the interview below where she speaks about writing the song. Courtesy of YouTube

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