American singer Mariah Carey sued for single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Music
Mariah Carey was sued Friday for her 1994 Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by a songwriter who said he co-wrote a song with the same title five years earlier.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New Orleans, Andy Stone is seeking at least $20 million in damages from Carey, his co-writer and Sony Music Entertainment for copyright infringement and misappropriation, among other complaints.
Stone, who plays Vince Vance with country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, accused the defendants of illegally exploiting his “popularity and unique style” and causing confusion by recording the new song without his permission.
Carey and Stone’s songs have different lyrics and melodies.
Spokespersons for Carey and Sony Music did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Carey’s song appeared on her album Merry Christmasand has long been airplayed on radio and in retail environments during the holiday season.
It has also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart every year since 2019, despite being recorded a quarter century earlier. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was Carey’s 19th No. 1 song, one less than the Beatles.
Stone said her own song received “wide airplay” during the 1993 Christmas season and also appeared on the Billboard charts.
It wasn’t clear from the complaint when Stone first heard of Carey’s song.
The lawsuit says Stone’s attorneys first contacted the defendants in April 2021 about their alleged unauthorized use, but were “unable to reach an agreement.”
Stone’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for additional comment.
The case is Stone v Carey et al, US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 22-01616.