Dec 07 2007

Mariah's Merry Christmas

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Christmas is a magical time for everyone, but to Mariah fans, Christmas is the ultimate "Mariah Holiday". It's in this time of the year when Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" storms back to the top of radio stations' playlists and stays in heavy rotation due to popular demand.

It's hard to believe, but the now-classic song that was described by The New Yorker as "one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon", has been covered by everyone from Shania Twain to The Cheetah Girls, was featured in a successful holiday movie ("Love Actually") and can be heard in various TV commercials around the world, is a 13-year old original Mariah creation.

With the introduction of digital media, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" continues to prove its ‘classic’ status: In addition to selling over 600,000 digital downloads and topping Billboard's "Hot Digital Songs" chart, it is the first ever seasonal ringtone to be certified by the RIAA (Gold certification of 500,000 sales). This Christmas, the song will be released as Mariah's first ringle.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" was the first single from Mariah's 1994 release "Merry Christmas". The album is now the best selling Christmas album of all time, having sold 5 million copies in the US alone and close to 12 million records worldwide.

In addition to "All I Want...", Mariah wrote two more original songs for the album: "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" and "Jesus Born On This Day". Mariah's three original songs joined memorable covers of "O Holy Night" and "Joy To The World" as the five singles released to radio from "Merry Christmas."

Since their release in 1994, many of the songs from "Merry Christmas" yielded new versions: "Joy To The World" was remixed by David Morales and a music video to its "Celebration Mix" was released. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was remixed by Jermaine Dupri in 2000 and was included in Mariah's "Greatest Hits" album. Also in 2000, "O Holy Night" saw a fresh rendition accompanied with a brand new music video.

In 2005, an anniversary edition of "Merry Christmas" was released on Dual Disc (CD and DVD) featuring the Anniversary Mix of "Santa Claus' Is Coming To Town". An innovative claymation video of the song as well as all seven of Mariah's Christmas music videos were made available for the first time on the DVD. This release also included the beautiful "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," sung in a-capella by Mariah, which was previously available only on international editions of the album.

Fans will agree that the best renditions of Mariah's Christmas songs are found in her many live performances of them over the years: "Joy To The World" at St. John the Divine and the 2000 version of "O Holy Night" being prime examples. Mariah's Japanese fans will also attest to that as Mariah has performed "All I Want For Christmas Is You" as an encore in every one of her Japanese tour dates. After all, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of Mariah's biggest hits in Japan, selling over 2 million copies of the single there!

Get your copy of “Merry Christmas” today!

Happy holidays and Merry Mariah-Christmas!

Click here to watch three videos of Mariah singing songs from "Merry Christmas"
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