The Queen Of Christmas Returns With New Takes On Old Classics as part of an Apple TV exclusive, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. Her renditions, collected from the companion variety show of the same name, find her tacking favorites like the jovial “Sleigh Ride” and the mellowed fireside ballads “Christmas Time Is Here” and “O Holy Night.” Always one to keep us on our toes, the legendary artist surprises with a funky, fun rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” with assists from Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri, as well as an original and perfect ball of holiday pop in “O Santa!,” which features fellow powerhouse vocalists Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. At every turn, she injects her diva-esque flourishes, transforming the familiar and the mundane into grand affairs of imagination. Carey’s quintessential staple “All I Want For Christmas Is You” anchors the soundtrack a reminder that she herself has become at least one reason for the season.
Merry Christmas, released on November 1, 1994, became the best-selling Christmas album of all time, with global sales of over 15 million copies. The lead single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, became a holiday standard and continues to surge in popularity each holiday season. By October 2017, it had become the 11th-bestselling single in modern music. In 2019, 25 years after the song’s release, it finally peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, and it continued to do so every December since, becoming the first song in history to hold the top position in more than two different chart years, as well as the longest-running holiday number-one song (eight weeks). Additionally, it is the longest running number-one song on the Billboard Holiday 100, spending 44 cumulative weeks, of the chart’s 49 total weeks since the list launched in 2011.
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