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Musician sues Mariah Carey for ‘All I want for Christmas is you,’ but only because of the title


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Mariah Carey and her beloved Christmas tune “All I Want for Christmas Is You” are dealing with an emergency. Crisis? Another musician is suing Carey, saying the idea for the song wasn’t his originally. The song in question? Sounds nothing like Carey’s great classic.

Andy Stone, the musician behind the lawsuit, is better known by his stage name, Vince Vance, as part of Vince Vance & the Valiants, by The Washington Postreport. He’s bloodthirsty, claiming “All I Want for Christmas Is You” infringes the copyright of his song of the exact same title, which was released five years before Carey’s 1994 hit.

A look at Vance’s installation of the song, however, shows that it sounds like nothing – nothing! – like Carey’s seminal ode to the holiday spirit. The video bears no resemblance to the other winter wonderland “All I Want For Christmas Is You”; none of the lyrics match; and the music itself is completely cut from Carey’s song.

Carey has yet to comment on the lawsuit, nor has her co-writer Walter Afanasieff or Sony, who are also named in the lawsuit.

In 1989, freelancer Vance co-wrote “All I Want for Christmas is You”, recording the song in Nashville. It debuted later, and after “receiving heavy airplay during the 1993 Christmas season … began making appearances on the Billboard Music Charts,” according to court documents.

Vance’s attorneys say they began pinging Carey and her team in April 2021, followed by a letter later in December, during Mariah Carey’s high season. But they didn’t hear a word back.

“Even after communicating the concerns to the defendants, the plaintiff was unable to reach an agreement on the use of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,'” the suit reads.

Usually, copyright does not extend to song titles. In addition to that, there are a handful of entries on file for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at the US Copyright Office. But as Vance’s entry dabbles in being the Christmas queen herself, the song has received a handful of new plays on YouTube. This may be the best result for Vince Vance & the Valiants.

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