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Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Finally Hit No. 1 After All Of These Dang Years

Christmas came early for Mariah Carey and the Lamb fam this year in a moment that for many will be the most surprising of the week. 

While The Voice has become synonymous with the Christmas season, Carey is only now being paid her due diligence for gifting the world the now iconic 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Known to almost anyone with a pulse as the ultimate song of the holiday season, Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit has officially hit the No. 1 on Hot 100. 

Yes, mi gente.

 Carey is so much of a queen, her 25-year-old song is still decking the halls. 

The spirit of Christmas is giving us the ultimate gift this year with ‘All I Want for Christmas.”

It was announced on Monday that the modern classic finally and officially reached the Hot 100’s top 10. According to Billboard, the song also topped the Streaming Songs chart for a second week in a row. The song has also taken over the No. 1 on Digital Song Sales. The last time the song led up to the list was on December 24, 2005. Billboard states the song gained upwards of 185% to 27,000 sold last week. According to Billboard “All I Want for Christmas” is the second holiday No. 1 ever on the Hot 100. The last time a holiday song achieved this was in 1958 when The Chipmunks‘ “The Chipmunk Song” sleighed

For Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” proves to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Upon its original release, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” topped charts across the globe. Besides being a hit at home here in the United States, the song made waves in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. At the time the song brought in 16 million copies in global sales.

In the years since its first release, Mimi’s Christmas hit has been praised and worshipped by music critics and reviewers. In 2006 write up about the song, The New Yorker described “All I Want For Christmas” as on of the “few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.” To date, the song, which is the 12th best selling song of all time, is Carey’s biggest international success. In 2017, it was reported that the song had earned Carey $60 million in royalties.

What’s more, recently it was announced that the top charter had inspired a documentary.

Earlier this month, Amazon Music announced it would feature the song in an upcoming mini-documentary series.

The new documentary, “Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” offers a look into the making the seminal song. The documentary is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album from which the song is from and will feature Carey herself.

Every year since 1994, the soulful chanteuse’s song “All I Want For Christmas” makes its climb to the top of Billboard charts, making its mark on local radio stations, and proving its staying power as the most deserving modern performance of the classic holiday canon.

1. “All I Want For Christmas” was part of Carey’s first holiday album.

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“Merry Christmas” was the fourth studio album. The agents and studio execs behind her albums had only seen famous singers with waning careers do albums as a last-ditch effort to gain money and attention from fans. Initially, they had tried to dissuade the singer from performing the song, but Carey and her then-husband Tommy Mottola decided to do otherwise. went full Christmas.

2. The song was written in 15 minutes.

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Carey co-wrote the holiday hit alongside songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who has admitted in interviews that the speed at which they wrote the song might have been the main contributor to its success. “It was an easier song to write then some of the other ones. It was very formulaic; not a lot of chord changes. I tried to make it a little more unique, putting in some special chords that you really don’t hear a lot of, which made it unique and special. I think that’s one of the components that made it unique year after year. That part of it took maybe an hour, and then I went home.”

3. Carey wasn’t originally interested in recording the album

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In his autobiographical book, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” Carey’s former husband and music executive  Mottola wrote that when Carey first heard of his idea to do an album she said, “What are you trying to do, turn me into Connie Francis?”

4. There are no musicians playing in the song.

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Embracing the digital age, Carey’s co-songwriter Afanasieff arranged the whole thing on his computer. 

4. Mariah’s ex-husband made a cameo in the music video.

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Tommy Mottola made a cameo as Santa Claus in the video. In it he is the one person Carey wanted for Christmas and who ultimately gave her a gift on a red sleigh.

5. It’s not the only song with that name. 

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Mariah Carey’s hit is a true original, but the title of the song had been used before. Just a few years before, country group Vince Vance & The Valiants’ released “All I Want For Christmas is You” in 1989.

6. They love it in Japan.

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“All I Want for Christmas” was a commercial hit in a lot of countries, but the song took on a cult status in Japan. It also topped charts in Hungary, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

7. The song was recorded in the summer.

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The Christmas classic got its start during one of the hottest months of the year. Still, even though the song was written during the hot season, Carey was still able to get into the Christmas mood.  “We had Christmas trees and lights brought into the studio to get us in the mood,” said co-songwriter Afanasieff. “There was even talk of bringing in some snow at one point, but we didn’t go with that, thank God!”

8. The song was a hit amongst goats apparently.

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Back in 2010, a British goat farmer revealed that his goats produced more milk when they were played a loop of Carey’s hit.

9. It’s Carey’s greatest international success.

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The song has reached global sales of over 14 million copies. It ‘s the singer’s greatest international success and the 11th best-selling single of all time.

10. The song still makes that money. 

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As of 2013, the song earned $50 million in royalties. And just when you thought that could be it. The song reportedly gets MORE popular every year.

11. The song got adopted into a book

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The book came out in 2015.

12. The song has three music videos.

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Carey directed a video in the style of a  classic home movie which was filmed by her in Christmas of 1993. She then did, another one inspired by The Ronettes. There’s also a remix one that is animated and featured Lil BowWow.

13. The song has been featured multiple times.

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The song was covered by the likes of Shania Twain, Demi Lovato, John Mayer, and My Chemical Romance.

14. It’s been praised as groundbreaking.

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In an analysis of the song’s harmony, Adam Ragusea of Slate wrote that  “despite its seeming simplicity, a relatively sophisticated piece of pop songwriting that has more in common with the Great American Songbook than it does with any of its peers on the charts in 1994.”

15. It’s the most successful Christmas song written after 1963.

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The most popular Christmas songs on American radio were all written between 1934 and 1963. That is until Carey’s song came out.

16. The song is every kind of person-friendly.

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Co-writer Walter Afanasieff explained that Carey “created a lyric that probably, to this day, is the only uptempo Christmas love song. I think people like this positive love song because it’s interchangeable: Anybody can sing it to anybody. It’s about everybody, and it can only mean one thing from father to child or mother to child or wife to husband. It’s just, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.'”

17. Justin Bieber recorded a cover of it.

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In 2011, Bieber covered the song in his “Under the Mistletoe” album. Bieber had originally attempted to cut the song in a lower range but Carey proposed that they record the song together as a duet.

18. The song was featured in the 2003 hit film “Love Actually.”

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In a classic cover of the film, Olivia Olsen sang the song in a school Christmas concert.

19. After  Mariah Carey became the first rider on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, the song made an appearance.

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Carey made her appearance in March 2015, and appeared on the show again to sing  “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which was slice with footage of Carpool Karaoke guests singing along as well including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Adelle.

20. Some people have been a grinch about it.

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In 2015,  conservative magazine writer Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard wrote”‘All I Want’ is a bit of musical misdirection, a love song swaddled in Christmas clothes (velvet miniskirt, Santa cap)… The seasonal references to reindeer and snow and Santa and Christmas trees are used as a means to convey the singer’s earthier, and less Christmassy, need for a hunk-a hunk-a burning love.”

LOL.

The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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At the height of her fame, Selena was a Tejano star whose concert attendance shattered records both abroad and at home while also gaining her certain type of love and adoration that can only be attributed to her fans. Today, nearly 30 years after her death, the American singer’s legacy has continued its stretch across the globe, partially in thanks to a devoted Instagram profile called Traveling Selena which features the late singer in Barbie doll form at some of the most recognizable sights around the world.

Twenty-four years after her death, Traveling Selena is making sure her influence is still being felt across the world.

In the style of a traveling gnome, the Instagram account is taking n the Tejano singer to some of the most recognizable sights in the world. Even more exciting the page’s creator features Selena wearing some of her more memorable outfits. The page’s account describes itself as taking pics in front of some of the most beautiful places! Outfits and pics are all my own.”

So far Selena has gone to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

During her career, Selena expanded her fan following by touring New York City, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Central America. At the time of her death, despite her broad international fan base which included countries such as Japan and Australia, she had not traveled much outside of the Americas. Now ya girl is getting to do the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom wherever the account goes. Including.

To Phuket.

Where even ancient dragons aren’t as fire as her replicated outfits.

They’ve even taken her to San Fran…

Where Selena’s most basic fan base will adore the Instagrammable pics taken by the bridge and the house from “Full House.”

And to see one of the world’s most iconic figures of all: Selena herself in wax form.

How meta.

6. San Diego

I love that they have Selena being a true millenial taking pciks in front of mural art.

7. The zoo

And heading off to bless the animals at the zoo with her presence.

8. Her own mural

The best part of these pics is that we now get to add locations to our bucket list.

8. Khao San Road

Literall watching Selena head off to all of these places is giving me so much wanderlust.

9. Phi Phi Islands

Her trip to Thailand looks like the best ever and now I want to go take a vacay at a tropical get away.

10. On a Tuk Tuk

This is the best look above all and now I want to hop on a tuk tuk and take a ride!

11. Sunset Station

Nothing more divine than Selena in her Dreaming of You outfit.

12. Aruba

Selena visiting the Caribbean?! Hope the account takes her back to Puerto Rico.

13. Multnoham Falls

Selena literally living our best lives beyond the grave is everything.

14. Avatar Land

James Cameron would be so lucky to include the Latina icon in his wonderfully made up land.

15. Palace of Fine Arts

Selena being her most real Barbie self outside of the palace of fine arts is everything .

16. Coca Cola classic!!

And look at her chilling next to her favorite beverage of choice.

17. Las Vegas!

Seeing the diva showing off a totally classic outfit on the strip will give you major going out vibes. Bidi bidi bom bom.

18. The Full House house

Selena rocking her fullest self at the Full House house will give you all kinds of nostalgia for forever.

19. Her favorite place in all of the land!

Selena went to visit her favorite state in the country: Texas for Halloween and got dressed up as the true reina that she is.

20. The gum wall

Wearing one of her iconic outfits, Selena suited up to go to the gum wall.

You Can Still Watch Kobe And Gianna Bryant’s Tearful Memorial Service

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You Can Still Watch Kobe And Gianna Bryant’s Tearful Memorial Service

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It was a sad and reflective day at the Staples Center today as fans and friends of the late basketball player Kobe Bryant gathered to celebrate his life as well as that of his daughter Gianna Bryant. The memorial held in their honor saw guests speak about their lives, passion for the game of basketball and love for the people they left behind.

Here’s a look at the top most emotional moments from the memorial today.

Christina Aguilera’s “Ave Maria” performance

The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer Christina Aguilera took the stage at Staples to perform “Ave Maria” for Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s memorial service.

Shaq reflected on his rivalry with Kobe.

Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant’s long time competitor, opened up about life as his teammate.

“We fought and we bantered back and forth with offhanded remarks, but make no mistakes, and you folks thought we were on bad terms, and when the cameras were turned off we would wink at each other and said, ‘let’s go whip some ass.'”

O’Neil also shared a sweet anecdote about their relationship as teammates. “Kobe and I always maintained a deep respect and love with one another. The day Kobe gained my respect was when the guys were complaining, and they said, Kobe’s not passing the ball. I said I will talk to him. I said, Kobe, there’s no “I” in team, and he said, I know, but there’s a “Me” in that m**********r.” Shaq recalled he returned back to his other teammates and said “Just get the rebound, he’s not passing.”26 min ago

Michael Jordan described Kobe’s death saying “a piece of me died.”

Michael Jordan had long been attributed to being Kobe Bryant’s inspiration for his successful basketball careers. Speaking about learning about Bryant’s death, Jordan said “When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died.”

Kobe’s wife Vanessa brought the stadium to tears with her speech.

Though Kobe’s wife Vanessa gave her speech early on during the memorial, her’s was by far the most sentimental and emotional. Speaking about her daughter Giana, Vanessa recalled how she was “very thoughtful and always kissed me good night and kissed me good morning. There were a few occasions where I was absolutely tired from being up with Bianka and Capri, and i thought she had left to school without saying goodbye. I text and say, ‘No kiss?’ And Gianna would reply with, ‘Mama, I kissed you. You were asleep and I didn’t want to wake you.’ She knew how much her morning and evening kisses meant to me, and she was so thoughtful to remember to kiss me every day. She was daddy’s girl, but I know she loved her mama, and she would always show me and tell me that she loved me. She was one of my very best friends.”

Speaking about her husband Kobe, Vanessa recalled how “A couple weeks before they passed Kobe sent me a sweet text and mentioned how he wanted to spend time together, just the two of us, without our kids, because I am his best friend first. We never got the chance to do it. We were busy taking care of our girls and just doing our regular everyday responsibilities. But I’m thankful I have that recent text. It means so much to me. Kobe wanted us to renew our vows. He wanted Natalia to take over his company and he wanted to travel the world together. We talked about how we would be the fun grandparents to our daughters’ children. He would have been the coolest grandpa..”