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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.”

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey’s personal life has always been about as elusive as the chanteuse’s voice itself. Throughout her decades-long career, fans of the singer have wondered about the men who fall at her feet. From her two marriages to different engagements, even a mysterious potential romantic tête-à-tête with Eminem, Carey has had a life filled with all kinds of loves and relationships but for the most part, kept her lips sealed about them.

Now, the singer is opening up about them.

In an exclusive clip from The Oprah Conversation, Carey revealed that a relationship with New York Yankee Derek Jeter in the late ’90s led her to leave her ex Tommy Mottola.

Speaking about Jeter, Carey described him as a “catalyst” in her decision to leave Mottola after being married to him for five years.

“Before you divorced Tommy Mottola, you met Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter, and you say he served a very high purpose in your life,” Oprah observes in her interview with Carey which calls on her upcoming memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey. “This was one of those situations of the right person at the right place and the right time. What was it about Derek? He got his own song too, right?”

Responding to Oprah’s question, Carey admits “He got his own song. He got a few songs. He was a catalyst that helped me get out of that relationship because I believed that there was somebody else,” she explained “It was the racial situation, his mom is Irish, his dad is Black. But he was also very ambiguous looking to me. I didn’t know who he was, we met and I’ve written songs about it.”

“And honestly, I don’t think it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life,'” Carey went onto admit. “Like, at the time I did, because I didn’t think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn’t- What’s the word? I used the word, I just thought about this last night. Not looked down on but feel superior to me because of the fact that I’m not one way or another in most people’s minds, and they have preconceived notions, whatever… But he was a catalyst. And I think that it was beautiful.”

Carey revealed that Jeter’s biracial family changed how she felt about her own.

“And they changed my viewpoint that ‘Oh, it’s because of the biracial situation that my family is so screwed up,’ as opposed to ‘it’s them.’ And yes, those things did play a huge part in their dysfunction. But it was healthy for me to see a functional family that basically kind of looked like mine, but didn’t feel like mine,” she admitted. “And he was also living his dream job and doing his dream job. I believe we connected in that way.”

Last month, Carey told Vulture in an interview that she wore a “buttery leather Chanel skirt” the first time she kissed Jeter.

“I can never forget that moment,” she explained. “I mean, it’s not like it was some intensely deep, intellectually stimulating — again, it was a great moment, and it happened in a divine way because it helped me get past living there, in Sing Sing, under those rules and regulations.”

Carey’s new book, which comes out at the end of this month, follows her “her meteoric rise to music superstardom” and the struggles she faced as a result.

“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments,” Carey shared in a July post on Instagram. “The ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams that contributed to the person I am today.”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey will debut on shelves on Sept. 29.

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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