Legendary songstress Mariah Carey has been sued for copyright infringement on her 1994 holiday song “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
In a recent court filing, songwriter Andy Stone sued Carey in New Orleans federal court, claiming that he co-wrote a song with the same title as the singer’s iconic classic.
Stone, a frontman of country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, demands at least $20 million in damages. In the lawsuit, he named Carey, his co-writer, and Sony Music Entertainment, alleging they illegally used his “popularity and unique style.”
The songwriter claims that his 1993 hit ranked on the Billboard charts and reached “extensive airplay.” And his efforts to reach a settlement with Carey and other co-defendants in April 2021 were unsuccessful.
Carey’s Christmas classic has been going on and off the top spot since 2019 when it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
In 2019, Carey said in an interview with EW that it’s her pride that the song has been dominating the holiday season.
“When it first came out, it was more of a gradual thing,” stated Carey. “It was popular, but it didn’t have what it has now. I feel like people have grown up with the song, and it’s become a part of people’s lives in terms of the way they celebrate the holidays. That makes me feel really proud as someone that loves Christmas so much.”
A small detail that Carey does not want to talk about is the years that have gone by since the song’s release.
“I rebuke time,” she stated. “I have a thing where I just live outside the traditional realm of how we measure [it]. So, in that way, Santa and myself are very similar.”
The music world has been raining lawsuits all year. In March, Artikal Sound System sued Dua Lipa for copyright infringement on her 2020 hit song “Levitating,” claiming that it sounded too much like their 2017 track “Live Your Life.”