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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.

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AOC Talks About Being Attacked By Trump And Wears A Pantsuit On Vanity Fair

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AOC Talks About Being Attacked By Trump And Wears A Pantsuit On Vanity Fair

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We have just a few days left before the upcoming presidential election and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is using every moment she has to ensure we end up on the right side of history. In her latest magazine feature, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graced the cover of Vanity Fair wearing red lipstick, some amazing pantsuits, and baring her honest political opinions.

Dressed in a white, double-breasted suit by NY-based label Aliétte, Ocasio-Cortez also condemned revelations that Donald Trump had only paid $750 in federal income taxes.

Ocasio-Cortez featured on Vanity Fair’s November cover armed with red lipstick and thoughts about the future of our country and her career.

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Vanity Fair’s cover story examines AOC’s first term and re-election for New York’s 14th congressional district. It also takes a deep look into the racist and sexist attack the congresswoman has endured while in office as well as her pursuits to champion Senator Bernie Sanders.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Ocasio-Cortez explained that she would “wake up in the morning and literally get a stack of pictures that were forwarded by Capitol police or FBI. Like, ‘These are the people who want to kill you today.’” But it’s not just private citizens that are attacking AOC and the freshman progressive lawmakers Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar who were members of “the squad.”

AOC has repeatedly been attacked by Donald Trump on all of his platforms.

“There was a time where the volume of threats had gotten so high that I didn’t even know if I was going to live to my next term,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “Their sisterhood and their friendship, it’s not some political alliance. It’s a very deep, unconditional human bond.”

Now, Ocasio- Cortez says the election between Trump and Joe Biden will make the difference between “two countries.” The former result meaning that she “cannot honestly look [her district, which includes parts of The Bronx and Queens] in the eye and tell them that they will be safe.”

“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like,” she explained. “I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective. And so, you know, I don’t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me that’s always what the question comes down to.”

Beyond her interview, AOC made some pretty powerful statements with her suit.

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Like many women with political statements to make in history, AOC wore the color white as a symbol of hope and resistance. Similar to, Shirley Chisholm who wore white when she became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress, and Hillary Clinton who wore the color during her run for president, AOC wore white to make a statement. Just as she has in the past. You might remember that in January of 2019, AOC wore all-white as she was sworn into Congress.

“I wore all-white today to honor the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come,” she tweeted. “From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the mothers of the movement.”

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Conservatives And Liberals On Reddit Are Sharing What They Think Will Happen If Trump Wins 2020

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Conservatives And Liberals On Reddit Are Sharing What They Think Will Happen If Trump Wins 2020

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There’s no doubt that the presidential election will change the course of our country’s history no matter the outcome. Still, despite this, liberals and conservatives have some ideas of what will happen if Donald Trump wins.

We found some of the predictions from both sides of the parties and those in-between!

Check them out below

“I think he gets even more lazy in his second term and completely stops giving a shit. More golf. More rants. More tweets. Less policy (which is hard but he’ll manage.” –xTheBigShow

“Don’t forget some old fashioned corruption and setting up his family with lots of insider perks around the world.”- DukeofDixieland

“Do you think that will result in us being more vulnerable, i.e. to terrorism, or economic arbitrage?” –Learned_foot

“If Trump manages to win re-election, it would confirm several things for me:

  • The world is moving into a replay of the interwar period, with increasing nationalism, racism, and authoritarianism.
  • True, old-school conservatism doesn’t really exist in the Western Hemisphere anymore.
  • The population of Republicans in the U.S is far larger than polls suggest.
  • In addition to this, polls aren’t answered by the general populace, and that the average American’s response to hearing a political poll or any poll is to hang up.
  • Extreme socially right positions mixed in with economically left positions aimed at the rural poor will be the strategy the GOP follows going forward.
  • White grievance politics is the single strongest force in American politics. Bar none. (If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you. as LBJ would say.)
  • Populism is the dominant ideology of the United States.
  • The ‘Obama coalition’ never really belonged to the Democrats as a party, and voters were just attracted to Obama’s singular personality and massive charisma, and isn’t existent otherwise.
  • This country is probably f***ed.

As for what will happen under a second Trump term, I fully expect the U.S to move towards a Brazilian or Hungarian-style authoritarian state where democracy is greatly weakened but not (yet) formally abolished, although somewhat balanced by the power of individual states. Freedoms and institutions will be further eroded and human rights abuses, corruption and cronyism will further increase. Pogroms, riots, shootings, and other acts of political violence will probably become commonplace.

Relative to the rest of the world, the quality of life for the typical American will further deteriorate, but not collapse. Particularly, I wouldn’t be surprised if suicide rates drastically increase from their already high number, especially among Generation Z. Internationally, a Trump victory will signal to allies to permanently forgo of the notion of the U.S. as a reliable ally, signalling a shift in international relations and the end of the era of Pax Americana.” –OfElephantMonkeys

“We will have COVID forever.” –TheManWhoWasNotShort

“Does he improve?

No

Does he learn anything from the pandemic?

No

is his second term just full force fascism?

More or less.” – postwarmutant

“What do you think full force fascism looks like? Do you think he’ll suspend the 2024 elections? or the 2022 elections? Will he disband the supreme court? Open camps for his political opposition?” – Learned_foot

“The US wont survive another Trump term. The Constitution wasnt written with enough scrutiny to protect what we think of as our rights from the active erosion being done to civil liberties.

Our system of government was founded far to much on an unspoken uncodified code that is far too easy to ignore. The AG is arguing that standing Presidents dont have to follow the law. If that is true, then a standing President can invalidate the law as long as his party willfully supports it at the legislative level.” – Add1kt

“I don’t think much of anything will happen. Donald Trump is pretty lazy and and does not care about anything other than his own bottom line. His only legislative accomplishment has been a tax cut that primarily benefited the wealthy. He would attempt to pass another tax cut in a second term under the guise of economic stimulus but it won’t go anywhere under a Democrat controlled House. I really don’t see him tacking leftward and working with a Dem house and/or Senate.

RBG will not live for another four years. Breyer is 81 and Clarence Thomas is 72 so there will be at least one and possibly three supreme court justice appointments over the next four years. He could have a lasting effect there.

Other than that, a second term would just be a static period in the nation where problems are ignored, partisan division persist, and America’s standing in the world is further eroded.” – bender710

“He’d probably just link the treasury to his personal banks accounts and spend every penny we pay in taxes.” – messiestbessie

“I think the Republicans and their donors will start stealing like mad. They know the status quo is unsustainable, that America as we know it now is a sinking ship. So they’re going to loot as much as they can as fast as they can before bailing out.

If the Democrats win the election, then the ship can be salvaged. This wouldn’t be terrible for the rich donor class. Like any parasite, they like it when the host survives. But if Trump wins again, the ship will sink for certain, and then I foresee a scramble for whatever loot is left. The rich and the corporations, instead of scaling back their plundering, will ramp it up to crazy levels so they can get as much as they can before anyone steals it. It will be scramble competition.” – Stromboli16

“I think it depends on how he wins. Is it close? Did he lose the popular vote agin? Was it shady?” –HeresForHope

“He’ll be exactly the same.

Our planet is f***ed though. A lot of the bad things about Trump- destroyed our relations with allies, bad on healthcare, bad on education, bad on immigration, can change course once we get Democratic leadership again. The planet though? That damage is done.” – Reddit user 

“In short, I think it’s much worse than another poorly handled catastrophe and some national embarrassment on the global stage. I fully believe it will mark the beginning of a very dark period in American history.

If Trump wins, it means the Supreme Court becomes dominantly conservative for the next 40 years. It also likely means almost complete regulatory capture of government agencies by profit-driven private interests. Things like voter suppression and gerrymandering that have helped Republicans hold power become more solidified, so a democratic means of reversing the damage becomes unlikely. The presidency becomes mostly immune from oversight as the Senate and Supreme Court, which are both now perpetually conservative, either change the rules or refuse to enforce them.” – Dragnil

“I feel like if he wins the rest of the world will lose complete faith in us.” –greenline_chi

“It depends on how he wins.

If it’s so close and feels a bit fuccky, I’m down for the taking up arms thing, and I doubt I would be alone.

If it’s not close four more years of democratic “resistance” and trying to hold trump to a constitution that he’s never read.” –Uskmd

“To be fair, though, most conservatives haven’t read the constitution; and those who have display antipathy towards it.

I guess what I’m getting at is, what makes trump a different creature from the average conservative?” –Learned_foot

“What do you think will happen if Trump wins a second term?

States will try to secede again. Especially if Trump “wins” by blatantly crooked means, or through some sort of nutty EC shenanigans like having Republican governors suspend the election and appoint electors.” – PlayingTheWrongGame

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