62 days ahead of Christmas (and with one week still remaining until Halloween), the highly lucrative Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” machine is already revving up, as the 53-year-old has announced a pair of December performances.
28 years after the release of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” the track’s continued commercial prominence – and steady revenue stream – is hardly a secret. Having cracked a staggering one billion Spotify plays in the leadup to Christmas 2021 (the figure has since hiked to 1.17 billion), the perennial holiday favorite reportedly delivers a multimillion-dollar paycheck to Mariah Carey annually.
Capitalizing upon the ongoing fan demand, the five-time Grammy winner (and 34-time nominee) Carey took to social media today to unveil a pair of Christmas shows. The first of the events is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th, in Toronto, whereas the second of the gigs is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday the 13th.
Tickets to the Live Nation concerts are slated to go on sale “at 10am” this coming Friday, October 28th, Mariah Carey also disclosed. And if fans’ early responses to the announcement are any indication – “We need more dates!!!” exclaimed one psyched supporter – passes could move quickly.
“Can’t afford it this time round sadly, maybe if a UK show gets added I can make it work,” another diehard fan weighed in. “Seen 3 MC Christmas shows now so not too gutted to miss out this time.”
“the queen of christmas is back,” a third commenter penned.
“Don’t forget your lyrics this time girl. We ALLL know what happened a few years back. No Shade, Let’s just keep it 1 Million,” wrote a fourth and final individual, seemingly referring to Carey’s infamous 2016 New Year’s Eve show, which sparked far-reaching criticism and pushback.
Amid the announcement of the holiday performances, it’s worth reiterating in conclusion that one Andy Stone is suing Mariah Carey for copyright infringement over “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Stone, who releases music as Vince Vance with a New Orleans-based group called Vince Vance & the Valiants, submitted the $20 million complaint against Carey (as well as Sony Music Entertainment and Carey’s co-writer on the song in question) over the summer.
The plaintiff claimed that the defendants had exploited his “popularity and unique style” by lifting the title of his own track called “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which Vince Vance & the Valiants released back in 1989.