"All I Want" accounts for most of Mariah's yearly sales

Monday 30 December 2019

All I Want accounts for most of Mariah's yearly sales |
Who had the bestest Christmas of all? Why, Mariah Carey. Indeed, Christmas has become her cash register thanks to the 1991 hit she wrote with Walter Afanasieff called "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Produced like a lost track from the Phil Spector Christmas album with the Ronettes and the Crystals, the song has turned into an annual goldmine.

Last week, according to Buzz Angle, "All I Want for Christmas" had 17,600 paid downloads. But including streaming, sales totaled over 426,000 copies. Carey fans simply streamed and streamed the song into the gazillions, but when it was all distilled into a real number, the results were still pretty good. Billboard put the song at number 1 on its singles charts.

For Mariah, "All I Want" is a godsend. Like most legacy artists she doesn't really sell records anymore. Buzz Angle says her total "song sales" for the last year were 350,000. "All I Want" and other Christmas songs account for most of it. Only 20,000 of that aforementioned 426K came from other songs - "Miss You Much", "Fantasy", and "We Belong Together". If "All I Want" didn't exist, Carey would be a blip in pop music sales.

And then compare "All I Want" to Mariah's "Caution" album, her most recent release, from November 2018. In 2019 "Caution" has sold jut 46,000 copies. Only 17K of those were paid downloads or CDs.

But let's be positive. Bing Crosby lived for eons on "White Christmas". The Singing Dogs have just their barking "Jingle Bells" to their credit. Holiday time is big business for certain singers and songwriters. And so Mariah and Walter were really really smart when they concocted their little gift for the masses.

But the spell lasts just six days. Most of those sales came between December 20th and 26th, when the eggnog was flowing and maybe fans were sitting on their phones inadvertently hitting the play button. In the last two days, "All I Want" has sold just 583 copies, or 11,000 with streaming. New Year's Eve is next, Christmas is a memory. But wait til next year!


Travis from USA
(Monday 30 December 2019; 20:17)
I try to be a positive person, but I don't believe anything that Showbiz 411 has to say. I mean, really, he couldn't even get the original release year for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" right. I'm beyond excited for Mariah for having the best Christmas, ever, in 2019. Lambs, we stuck together and did it again. We gave Mariah another record of being the only artist to have a #1 in 4 different decades. It's official that "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has now been #1 for 3 weeks. Here's to all of you and Mariah heading into 2020.
RibbonB from USA
(Monday 30 December 2019; 22:16)
He was definitely being snarky and he did make some mistakes on the date, etc. But that song does account for the majority of her yearly music sales. She was smart I capitalize on its anniversary in 2019. It was a mistake for her to try to crunch Caution in last year before the holiday rush to AIWFC. But now Mimi can move into her next project unless she wants to start a justice for Caution campaign. And by reliable reports AIW earns the writers 600k annually, each. That's a whole lot in any economy, especially one where music sales barely cover artists expenses and where continuous touring is needed for them to gain or retain wealth.
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