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26th December 2018

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ smashes global Spotify record (complex.com).

Mariah Carey: “Wait… What?!”

Not bad for Queen of Christmas’s track which is 24 years old, but then again for contemporary pop stars releasing a Christmas song is equivalent to eating mince pie with mouth open for all to see (independent.co.uk) and in reality for the the pissed and nostalgic on A&E-unfriendly Black Eye Friday (bbc.co.uk) up to Boxing Day it’s a vomit-ready constant play toss up between Whamageddon foiling “Last Christmas” (metro.co.uk) and The Pogues/Kirsty McColl’s now potentially censored (independent.co.uk) “Fairytale of New York” anyway.

The website reports that “All I Want for Christmas Is You” earned 10,819,009 streams on Dec. 24, setting the global Spotify record for biggest single-day streams. The record was previously held by XXXTentacion’s “SAD!,” which garnered 10.4 million Spotify streams on June 19, the day following his fatal shooting.

And adding some Mimi machination for telling The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that she listens to Christmas music “24 hours a day” over the holiday season (metro.co.uk) to get it back to the top spot having lost the most played Christmas song a few years back (eonline.com, Dec. 2015), no doubt with much Mimi diva-distress.

But also reopening the issue of recompense for artists. Of the reported £4000,000 Mimi gets in royalties each year from the track seemingly the majority will not becoming from the digital streaming service:

Mariah Carey’s record-breaking day shows how little musicians make from Spotify (qz.com).

Assuming the popular song is paid at the highest price of .0084 cents per stream for 11 million listens, the rights holder or holders [being Carey and musician and songwriter partner Walter “Baby Love” Afanasieff] will earn $92,400 before splitting the earnings. It’s not a terrible take for a single day, but it’s also not a lot of money given just how much people seem to love Carey’s Christmas jingle and its enduring appeal. Between them, the parties could all split a luxury car to share rides. Individually, they could maybe each buy a Toyota.

Updated 25th January 2019

But not for long and no doubt giving some potential to the long much relished diva feud:

Ariana Grande sets new UK record for most streams in a week (Latest Picks 25th Jan. 2019).

The track, which interpolates My Favourite Things on a tale of impulsive jewellery shopping, was streamed 16.9m times, beating the previous record-holder, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, which had 15.3m streams one week in December 2018.

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