Mariah Carey’s $70million Christmas payday for All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey’s $70million Christmas payday: Singer, 52, rakes in $3million a YEAR in royalties for her 1994 festive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey has impressively raked in more than $70million for her festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The singer, 52, is arguably best known for her 1994 Christmas hit, which made a glittering return to UK number one this year.

And the anthem is proving to be as popular as ever as Mariah has raked in more than $70million (£58million) for it alone in the 28 years since its initial release.

Wow! Mariah Carey (pictured in 2010) has impressively raked in more than $70million for her festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You

Wow! Mariah Carey (pictured in 2010) has impressively raked in more than $70million for her festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You

The songstress had made more than $60million (£50million) in royalties for the track by 2016, according to calculations by The Economist.

And she has continued to be rewarded, as Mariah earns around $3million (£2.4million) per year for All I Want For Christmas Is You, the New York Post reported.

With fans still playing the festive hit each year, it is likely that Mariah has now earned a total of more than $70million in royalties since its release.

The continued success of the track also saw Mariah, who takes an estimated cut of 20 per cent in her royalties, once again top the UK charts this Christmas season.

Impressive: The singer, 52, is arguably best known for her 1994 Christmas hit, which made a glittering return to UK number one this year

Impressive: The singer, 52, is arguably best known for her 1994 Christmas hit, which made a glittering return to UK number one this year 

She had only been number one in the UK singles charts once before with the festive track, reaching the top in 2020 – 26 years after its release.

But in December, the pop star knocked Taylor Swift off the top spot after the hitmaker scored a six-week reign with her single Anti-Hero.

Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran’s Merry Christmas also made an appearance in the top 10, alongside Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and Last Christmas from Wham.

Meanwhile in the US, Mariah also broke a new Billboard record last month as her iconic holiday returned to the top spot for a fourth consecutive year.

Success: The anthem is proving to be as popular as ever as Mariah has raked in more than $70million (£58million) for it in the 28 years since its initial release

Success: The anthem is proving to be as popular as ever as Mariah has raked in more than $70million (£58million) for it in the 28 years since its initial release

The 1994 song spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the Hot 100, and became the first song to have led at number one at four different times.

The catchy tune originally topped the Hot 100 in 2019, then again in 2020, before making another return in 2021, and it was back yet again in 2022.

The festive song also has the longest span from a song’s first week at number one on the Hot 100 to three years, from December 2019 to December 2022. 

Continuing to break records, the new top spot also extended Mariah‘s record for the longest span of an artist ranking at number one on the chart – over 32 years – from her first week in 1990 with her debut single Vision of Love. 

Back on top! The continued success of the track also saw Mariah, who takes an estimated cut of 20 per cent in her royalties, once again top the UK charts this Christmas season

Back on top! The continued success of the track also saw Mariah, who takes an estimated cut of 20 per cent in her royalties, once again top the UK charts this Christmas season 

The hit – which discusses Mariah’s longing to be with a loved one for the holiday – also broke the holiday song record as well.

Speaking about the beloved track in 2020, Mariah admitted it was ‘kind of an accident’.

She told the LA Times: ‘When I did that first Christmas album, “Merry Christmas,” it was pretty early in my career.’

‘But in this case, I was just sitting there, coming up with this melody, in a dark house with a Christmas tree.’

Beloved track: In the US, Mariah also broke a new Billboard record last month as her iconic holiday returned to the top spot for a fourth consecutive year

Beloved track: In the US, Mariah also broke a new Billboard record last month as her iconic holiday returned to the top spot for a fourth consecutive year 

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