It has been a very happy holiday indeed for Mariah Carey.
After Carey’s Yuletide anthem “All I Want for Christmas Is You” hit number-one on the Billboard charts after 25 years, data from the website Broadband Deals reveals that the singer stands to make bank off the song in 2019. The music streaming platform Spotify pays artists $0.0044 cents per play, and the song has been streamed more than 143 million times this holiday season. According to the site’s calculations, Mariah stand to make at least $628,000 in streaming royalties in 2019.
And with the track being streamed more than 506 million times on Spotify overall, Carey has raked in over $2.2 million from “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in total.
The tune is also 2019’s top Christmas earner, beating out George Michael’s “Last Christmas” ($451,000), Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” ($411,000), and Michael Bublé’s cover of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” ($344,000).
Other Yuletide cash cows include Brenda Lee’s “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” ($266,000) and John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” ($235,000).
You can read the full list on the Broadband Deals website.
Christmas this year is a gays-only event.
On Monday, Billboard announced that Mariah Carey’s universally beloved holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the number-one song on the Hot 100. The perennial favorite is the first Christmas song to top the charts in 61 years, since “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)” spent four weeks at the summit in 1958. It was also the last Christmas song to do so — probably because it is very annoying.
The milestone has been a long time coming for Carey. Not initially released as a single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” topped out at no. 12 on the Hot 100 airplay charts after its 1994 release.
Although the track was immediately met with critical acclaim — lauded as an “instant classic” even at the time — “All I Want for Christmas Is You” became a perennial chart fixture after its inclusion in the pervasive Christmas omnibus romcom Love Actually. With the rise of the streaming era, the song inched ever closer to the top: hitting no. 9 in December 2017 and then going all the way to no. 3 this year.
Given that no one is more of a chart queen than Mariah, she left nothing up to chance in 2019. She released an “enhanced album” (fittingly titled the All I Want for Christmas Is You Experience) on Spotify and teamed up with gay comedian Billy Eichner to terrorize Manhattanites in Billy on the Street. The track even got its own mini-documentary.
And, indeed, by sheer force of will, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” finally topped the charts 25 years after its release. It’s Carey’s first number-one single since 2008 and 19th overall, trailing only The Beatles for the most Hot 100 leaders.
What’s more, Mariah may not even be done breaking records this year. If she can hold onto the top spot for just three more weeks, she will be the only artist in history to have charted number-one solo hits in four consecutive decades: the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s. Now quick, someone get Post Malone to delete his Spotify account.