The Christmas QueenMariah Carey hasn’t had a happy start to summer.
in documents Obtained by The PostAndy Stone, from Co-written by Vince Vance & the Valiants’ Country song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is suing Carrie for copyright infringement – claiming the singer did not claim or take his title for Blown by the perpetual holiday monster.
Stone also follows Carrie’s co-writer on the song, Walter Afanasyev, in the civil lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Stone released his 1989 reclusive version—which doesn’t sound like Carrey’s musical and lyrical performance—before Carrey changed the holiday season forever in 1994. In the lawsuit, he claims that his song got heavy airplay during the 1993 holiday season, a year before Carrey was released. to her.
The Scrooge is suing the “Obsessed” singer for $20 million in damages.
“Plaintiff [Stone] Personally requested that the defendants [Carey and Afanasieff] Cease and desist from further distributing Plaintiff’s business,” the lawsuit reads in part. “Despite Plaintiff’s request, Defendants continue to exploit Plaintiff’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ business, achieving massive financial rewards and other financial benefits at Plaintiff’s expense.”
According to the documents, Kari and Afanasyev “willfully and willfully engage in a campaign to infringe [Stone’s] Copyright in the work…for commercial gain, personal profit, unjust enrichment of defendants, irreparable injury, and financial loss” for Stone.
Carey’s representative declined to comment when contacted by The Washington Post.
Decades later, Carey’s streams and podcasts “All I Want For Christmas Is You” have continued to fill her stockpile full of cash. The song has over a billion streams on Spotify alone.
According to the lawsuit, Stone is a self-employed artist performing, selling, and licensing his copyrighted music and who earns his living from fees received from these activities.
Read the full lawsuit below.
curry christmas song Reached number 1 On the Billboard Top 100 around the holidays in 2019 and 2020.
“Fabulous,” Kari tweeted In 2020. “I know people think I make ‘currency’ (little secret: artists earn so little on streams) but the real reason I’m sitting here in amazement and gratitude is seeing the joy that this little song I wrote brings to people. Thank you & Merry Eid Christmas!!!”
When they gathered in the summer of 1994 to write songs for the album “Merry Christmas,” Afanasyev and Kari created the chords, structure, and melody for “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” In just 15 minutes.
“It’s definitely not Swan Lake,” Afanasyev admitted. “But that’s why it’s so popular – because it’s so simple and so agreeable!”
He also said he hasn’t heard from the “Honey” singer since they worked on her 1997 album “Butterfly,” after which she decided to explore a direction more influenced by R&B.
“It’s a shame because we have great chemistry,” Afanasyev said. “My biggest dream is to work with her again. Maria, all I want for Christmas is you!”