Mariah Carey Is Being Sued Over ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’—Again

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Mariah Carey, now known as the Queen of Christmas, is getting ready to take over the charts again with her annual smash, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”—just as she has done for several years in a row now. While the world may be preparing to hear the ubiquitous tune everywhere as it likely climbs back to No. 1, the singer is facing yet another lawsuit over the track.

Country singer Andy Stone has filed a copyright lawsuit, claiming that Carey plagiarized his song, which happens to go by the same name. He originally recorded and released a track called “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with his band, known as Vince Vance and the Valiants.

Stone is looking to make at least $20 million in damages from the lawsuit, adding a contentious note to the beginning of this festive season for Carey.

This isn’t the first time that Carey has had to deal with a lawsuit over “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” In fact, it’s not even the first time she’s dealt with a legal entanglement with Stone. The musician initiated a similar lawsuit over the same tune last year, though he ultimately withdrew the case…apparently only to try again a year later.

Stone is joined in the lawsuit by Troy Powers, with whom he co-wrote his song titled “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The two penned their cut back in 1988, and it was subsequently recorded and released the following year. Carey’s single came out in 1994.

The lawsuit (via NBC News) 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.” Stone and Powers are challenging the similarities between their work and Carey’s holiday classic, which has become one of the top-selling tunes of all time.

The legal action also claims that Stone and Powers’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” played a pivotal role in propelling Vince Vance and the Valiants to popularity—with that phrase being subjective. According to the lawsuit, the band claims that the track became a significant country hit in the ‘90s, though it is nowhere near as successful as Carey’s.

A report from Forbes claims that “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has made Carey and company at least $72 million. The track was always a holiday favorite, but it reached new heights after streaming platforms like Spotify allowed it to be played non-stop from just after Halloween into the new year.

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