Mariah Carey is facing a lawsuit over her hit 1994 Christmas song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” from songwriter Andy Stone, who says he co-wrote a song using the same title five years before Carey’s breakout single.
Last week, musician Andy Stone filed suit against the pop star alleging Carey and song co-writer Walter Afanasieff lifted the name of their song from one Stone — who performs as part of Vince Vance & The Valiants under the name Vince Vance — released the year prior.
According to the lawsuit, the warring names caused confusion between the songs, despite sharing no lyrics or melodies. Stone is seeking no less than $20 million in damages through the lawsuit. The BBC reports Carey was earned approximately $60 million in royalties since the song was first released.
Vance’s counsel initially contacted Carey in April 2021 to discuss the use of the song, followed by sending a letter in December 2021, the complaint continues.
Since appearing on the album Merry Christmas in 1994, it has topped the charts in several countries and the song has been streamed one billion times on Spotify.
It is not unusual for different songs to have the same name, and the United States Copyright Office lists 177 entries on its website under the title All I Want for Christmas is You.
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