Mariah carey"s all i want for christmas is you

Mariah Carey performs onstage during her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tour at Madison Square ... <+> Garden in 2019.

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Call it nostalgia or call it a Christmas miracle. Nearly 30 years after Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You debuted, it has climbed to the đứng top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the third straight year.


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It’s a wildly impressive & historic achievement, unmatched by any tuy vậy in chart history. Và when a tune can stick around that long, it’s bound to make some money. So how much is All I Want for Christmas worth?

It’s difficult khổng lồ put an exact dollar value on the song, but the unofficial answer is: Quite a bit. A study in năm nhâm thìn by The Economist found that Carey makes about $2.5 million per year for the song.


She had raked in $60 million by năm 2016 from the song first released in 1994, the study said. So she has probably made an additional $12.5 million since, bringing her to lớn more than $72 million from just one song.

That includes royalties from streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, which said this year that the song had exceeded 1 billion streams, including a reported 5 million per day.


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The Recording Industry Association of America also said earlier this month that All I Want for Christmas has become a rare Diamond-certified song, which means it has sold more than 10 million units. As of 2019, there were only 30 songs in history to reach that level.


But Carey’s staying power extends beyond just tuy nhiên royalties for All I Want for Christmas. This year, she signed a lucrative khuyễn mãi giảm giá with McDonald’s promoting the “Mariah Menu,” which ran from Dec. 3 to Christmas Eve. A clear tie-in with the singer’s yuletide popularity, with the tuy vậy backing up ads for the song, the khuyễn mãi giảm giá included free menu items.

McDonald’s spent heavily lớn advertise the deal on primetime television.

Carey’s holiday haul also includes revenue from last year’s special on AppleTV+, which of course built on All I Want for Christmas. When you consider these ancillary deals, she’s clearly raking in more than $2.5 million each holiday season.

There have been other successful Christmas songs since All I Want for Christmas dropped. But none have established the staying nguồn of Carey’s hit, which has been used in pop culture, too, lớn great effect—who can forget the cover in Love, Actually or in one of Glee’s holiday episodes? Those, too, make the singer money.


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