Iconic singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey has been filed with a copyright infringement lawsuit for her 1994 holiday single “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Andy Stone, a songwriter, has sued Carey in New Orleans federal court for copyright infringement, saying that he co-wrote a song with the same title as the singer’s song in 1990.
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, stating they illegally used his “popularity and unique style.”
The songwriter claims that his 1993 hit reached “extensive airplay” and ranked on Billboard. In addition, he says that efforts to reach an agreement with Carey and other co-defendants in April 2021 failed.
Carey’s Christmas classic ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 2019 and has been going up or down since then, but it keeps coming back to the top spot every year.
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.”
Other artists have also faced lawsuits this year. Dua Lipa was sued in March by Artikal Sound System for the similarities between her 2020 hit song “Levitating” and their 2017 track “Live Your Life.”