Mariah Carey is suing for $20 million over ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

The Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, is not having a very happy start to the summer.

In documents acquired by The Post, Andy Stone, the co-writer of Vince Vance & The Valiants’ country song ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, is suing Carey for copyright infringement – claiming the diva took his title never requested or received for their perennial monster vacation hit.

Stone also comes after Carey’s co-writer of the song, Walter Afanasieff, in the suit.

Stone released his 1989 Twangy version — which doesn’t sound like Carey’s pop performance musically or lyrically — eight years before Carey changed the holiday season forever in 1994. Carey unleashed hers.

The Scrooge is suing the “Obsessed” singer for $20 million in damages.

“Plaintiff [Stone] personally requested that the defendant [Carey] cease and desist from further distribution of plaintiff’s work,” the complaint reads in part. “Despite plaintiff’s request, defendants continue to use plaintiff’s work All I Want for Christmas is You and reap tremendous financial rewards and other financial benefits to plaintiff’s detriment.”

Mariah Carey is being sued for $20 million over her multi-year vacation hit "Wand I wish for for Christmas is you." Andy Stone, co-writer of the Vince Vance & The Valiants country song of the same name, claims copyright infringement.  Right: A still from the music video for Stone's penned tune.
Mariah Carey is being sued for $20 million over her hit song Wall I Want for Christmas Is You. Andy Stone, co-writer of the Vince Vance & The Valiants country song of the same name, claims copyright infringement. Right: A still from the music video for Stone’s penned tune.
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According to the documents, Carey and Afanasieff “knowingly, knowingly, and intentionally engaged in a campaign to hurt plaintiff’s.” [Stone’] Copyright in the work … for commercial gain, personal gain and unjust enrichment of the defendants and irreparable harm and financial loss” by Stone.

Carey’s rep declined to comment when contacted by The Post.

Decades later, streams and radio airplay of Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” still fill her stocking with cash. The song has over a billion streams on Spotify alone.

According to the lawsuit, Stone is a self-employed artist who performs, sells and licenses his copyrighted music and makes a living from royalties he receives from these activities.

Mariah Careys "All I want for Christmas is you" is the ultimate gift she keeps giving and reportedly brings millions into her bank account year after year.
Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving her and reportedly bankrolls millions every year.
Mariah Carey

Read the full lawsuit below.

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