Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

Mariah Carey sued for copyright infringement All I Want For Christmas Is You

0

Mariah Carey sued for copyright infringement over her iconic 1994 holiday hit All I Want For Christmas Is You…, which earned the singer “more than $60 million” in royalties

  • Andy Stone filed a lawsuit alleging that his 1989 song of the same name inspired her 1994 song, which has since become a Christmas standard
  • Under the moniker Vince Vance & The Valiants, Stone 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, topped the Billboard charts several times during the 1990s, while Carey’s more uptempo version topped the Billboard charts over the years in 26 countries.
  • Carey’s version has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling Christmas song by a female artist
  • In his lawsuit, Stone alleges that Carey and her legal team never sought or obtained permission to use the title All I Want For Christmas Is You.
  • It is not uncommon for music artists to have similar or in some cases the same title of songs

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

Another artist, Andy Stone, sued 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 number.

Her version reached the top of the charts in 26 countries and reportedly earning as much as $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 Christmas song All I Want For Christmas Is You

Stone recorded his song, a country ballad, in Nashville in 1989 under the stage name Vince Vance & The Valiants, with lead vocals by Lisa Burgess Stewart, also known as Lisa Layne.

The song hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs six times in the 1990s and eventually got a music video.

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

Her version, co-written by Walter Afanasieff and proving to be more up-tempo than Stone’s song, has since become a Christmas staple, seemingly rising in popularity every holiday season.

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

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

Country vibes: Stone's version, with lead vocals by Lisa Burgess Stewart, aka Lisa Layne, ended up having a music video to accompany it

Country vibes: Stone’s version, with lead vocals by Lisa Burgess Stewart, aka Lisa Layne, ended up having 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 Christmas song by a female artist and one of the best-selling physical singles in music history.

Last December, it broke the plateau of billions of flows, translating into even more royalty money pouring in, according to TMZ

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

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 distinctly different from Stone's, partly because of its uptempo feel and different lyrics and melodies

Her take: Carey’s song sounds distinctly different from Stone’s, partly because of its uptempo feel and different lyrics and melodies

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

It is not uncommon for music artists to have similar or in some cases the same song title.

Lawsuits for copyright infringement are usually based on the sound and melodies of songs. In this case, the sound of the two songs and the melodies are different.

The only obvious similarities between the two songs are the titles.

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

Huge hit: Carey's song, which was the lead single from her fourth studio album Merry Christmas, topped the Billboard charts in 26 countries

Huge hit: Carey’s song, which was the lead single from her fourth studio album Merry Christmas, topped the Billboard charts in 26 countries

Advertisement

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.