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Here Is How Much Money Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Has Raked In For Her In The New Year

“People who love that song . . . they know the baseline, the drum beat, the piano part—they know the sax part, they know the background vocals,” producer and bassist Randy Jackson told Amazon Music. He was referring to the ultra-famous Christmas classic by none other than “songbird supreme” Mariah Carey—the song that has defined contemporary Christmastime around the world for decades, which just went #1 after its original release 25 years ago. Whether or not you’re one of those people who has it on repeat the whole month of December, you definitely know this song—tbh, it’s probably playing in the background right now, whether you’re in a coffee shop, at the mall, or in your living room: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

While you’ve likely been hearing this melody nonstop for the past few weeks, you probably haven’t been watching the original 1994 music video over and over again (who knows, maybe you ‘re obsessed with that, too). Well, some exciting changes to this modern Christmas classic have come about in the past couple of days, most notably a super sparkly new music video to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this outrageously famous tune.

Last week, Mariah Carey released a revamped music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and it already has almost 14 million views after just five days online.

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The new music video is much more elaborate than the original, which features Mariah Carey frolicking through the snow, hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree, opening presents, and smiling at the camera a lot. But in the new music video, a little girl is transported from a city street to a shimmering winter wonderland, where Carey is flanked by dancers in festive costumes, twinkly lights, and (same as last time) so. much. snow. (it’s a well-known fact that Carey is really into snow—she travels to Aspen, Colorado, almost every year to bask in its “White Christmas” vibes).

While they are ultimately quite different, both music videos evoke the essence of Christmas, capturing the magic and comfort so characteristic of the holiday season. But this should come as no surprise: Mariah Carey is sort of a specialist in Christmas spirit. A lover of all things festive, it’s not exactly shocking that her original Christmas song has withstood the test of time, even growing in popularity as the years have gone by (it didn’t even hit the Billboard Top 100 until this past decade!).

Mariah Carey released her Christmas album, Merry Christmas, back in 1994, just three to four years into her career. Typically, Christmas albums are released much later in a musician’s tenure, often as a way to generate revenue when the artist hasn’t been touring or releasing new, original material.

But for Carey, releasing a Christmas album was an opportunity for her to fully embrace her long-wrought love of Christmas and to express her passion for the holidays through her work. And she didn’t just cover classic Christmas songs, like so many artists do—she wanted to write original content, to create a song that would become a contemporary classic.

 When describing her love of Christmas and the creation of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Carey said, “[Christmas] wasn’t about the gifts . . . It was just about the hopefulness of the holiday season and feeling in the spirit.” She added that the song stemmed from “the need for [her] to express [her]self and make a song that made [her] feel happy during the holidays.”

It’s incredibly difficult to write an original Christmas song—especially one that lasts, that people return to over and over again. Carey’s approach was to recreate the melodies that revived the magic of Christmas she felt as a child, but which resonated with her as an adult. So, she focused on the element of connecting with a long lost love.

“That’s something I’ll always remember,” she said. “The process of changing a Christmas song into a love song, then back into a Christmas song.”

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And this Christmas song is truly timeless. Though it emerged back in the 90s, it doesn’t really sound like the 90s—rather, it sounds more like the cheerful ballads of the 1960s, which definitely imbues it with a certain timelessness.

“It was not of the time,” Carey agrees. “It’s still not ‘of the time.’”

As the highest-charting original Christmas song since 1958, that claim definitely holds true. Without a doubt, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will remain relevant around the world for years—even decades—to come. And fans everywhere can rejoice each time Carey performs it live, which she absolutely loves to do.

“It’s always such a rush for me,” Carey said. “It’s a great feeling.”

A Black Transgender Woman Was Killed On The Last Day Of Pride

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A Black Transgender Woman Was Killed On The Last Day Of Pride

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We’re now almost halfway through 2020 and the statistics tallying the number of murders that have occurred this year in the trans community are alarming. Sadly when it came to the sacred month of Pride the trans community did not receive a break in these numbers, unfortunately.

A community in Dallas, Texas is currently coming to terms with the death of 22-year-old Merci Mack a Black transg woman whose body was discovered in Dallas on the final day of Pride.

Mack, whose body was discovered in a parking lot, is at least the 18th trans person to be killed in 2020.

According to reports, Mack’s body was discovered at 6:15 a.m and had sustained gunshot wounds. She was found in a parking lot of the Rosemont Apartments located in South Dallas. After her body was discovered, residents at the apartment claimed to police that they heard shots fired an hour beforehand. According to the Dallas Police Department, they never received a 911 about the incident. By the time an emergency response team came to the scene, Mack was dead.

Despite being an openly trans woman, reports by law enforcement and the local media deadnamed her.

The lack of support in using the deadnames of trans people has earned the ire of The Associated Press Stylebook  GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). AP urges reporters to use “use the name by which a transgender person now lives” and HRC has published trans reporting guidelines for police and members of the media. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for the department has said that their “hearts go out to the grieving family who are trying to cope with the loss of their love one… Our detectives, as with all murders, are working diligently to find the perpetrator to this horrible crime.”

In response to Mack’s tragic death, LGBTQ+ groups have released statements honoring her life and legacy.

“Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her,” Tori Cooper, a director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative stated an interview. “We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years.”

Mack is at least the 11th trans person to die since 2017 in Texas because of violence. Almost all of them have been Black women. Most recently, in May of this year, Helle Jae O’Regan was stabbed to death while at a barbershop in San Antonio.

A Group Of Women Who Sued Harvey Weinstein For Misconduct Have Reached A Nearly $19 Million Settlement

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A Group Of Women Who Sued Harvey Weinstein For Misconduct Have Reached A Nearly $19 Million Settlement

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Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein might be in prison but his legal woes continue.

The former film producer and convicted sex offender who founded the entertainment company Miramax and was toppled by allegations of sexual assault amid the early days of the #MeToo movement is still paying big time for his depraved acts of sexual assault and harassment. This week, Weinstein was successfully sued for sexual misconduct by a group of women and reached a nearly $19 million tentative settlement.

Late Tuesday evening, New York Attorney General Leticia James announced that the settlement, which is part of a class-action lawsuit against, meant the women would also be released from confidentiality and NDA agreements.

Speaking about the suit which was filed two years ago, Caitlin Dulaney one of the plaintiffs involved described the lead up to the decision as a “long and grueling battle.”

“Harvey avoided accountability for decades, and it was a powerful moment for us to band together and demand justice,” she said in a statement. “Knowing that we will help so many women who are long overdue for relief gives me hope that this settlement will continue to empower others to speak.”

If the lawsuit is approved by bankruptcy and US district courts, the settlement will give Weinstein victims between $7,500 and $750,000 each.

The suit also accuses Harvey Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein who co-founded the entertainment company Miramax with him as well as and other administrators of the Weinstein company of failing to prevent predatory sexual misconduct.

According to reports, the suit says Weinstein “created a hostile work environment by repeatedly and persistently sexually harassing female employees, including frequently remarking on female employees’ physical appearances, berating female employees, and requiring female employees to perform work while he was naked or only partially dressed.”

The suit also says Weinstein made employees help him with his erectile dysfunction injection. On top of this, women employees were also often forced to engage in sex to continue working for him or advance their careers. Some were even made to clean up for him after he had sex.

In 2017, The New York Times reported the first allegations of misconduct against Weinstein which ultimately helped spark the #MeToo movement. As a result, dozens upon dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of rape and harassment.

The announcement comes three months after Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping Jessica Mann.

He was also charged with engaging in a criminal sexual act against Mimi Haley. Currently, he is being held in prison at the Wende Correctional Facility in Buffalo, New York.

Still, not everyone involved thinks the settlement is enough. Attorneys for six other women who have sued Weinstein for misconduct have called it a “complete sellout.” They also underlined that the settlement does not hold Weinstein accountable.

Speaking about the decision, Douglas Wigdor and Kevin Mintzer, two lawyers in a case against Weinstein said in a statement that they “are surprised that the Attorney General could somehow boast about a proposal that fails on so many different levels. While we do not begrudge any survivor who truly wants to participate in this deal, as we understand the proposed agreement, it is deeply unfair for many reasons. We are completely astounded that the Attorney General is taking a victory lap for this unfair and inequitable proposal, and on behalf of our clients, we will be vigorously objecting in court.”