SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon Music today released its brand-new mini-documentary, titled Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” diving deep into the origin of the groundbreaking holiday song from the multi-GRAMMY-award-winning artist. The mini-documentary, created in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her album, Merry Christmas, features interviews with Mariah, producer Randy Jackson, and additional insiders sharing their take on the global, cultural phenomenon that continues to climb higher on the charts each year. Amazon Music’s Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is now available to stream globally here, and on the singer’s Amazon gift guide for the holidays in the U.S., featuring a selection of her favorite items found here.
Mariah Carey says, “As we continue to celebrate the 25th anniversary of All I Want for Christmas Is You, it was important for me to share part of the story behind this song that still brings me joy every year. I hope you enjoy Amazon Music’s special glimpse into the magic of this song. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”
“The success of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from a holiday hit on Amazon Music – it’s consistently the most popular song on our service globally during the holidays,” says Ryan Redington, Director of Amazon Music. “We were thrilled to be able to work with Mariah and those closest to her to document the making of this enduring hit, and share their stories with our customers.”
Throughout the film, fans will see rare footage from Mariah’s days of making the album, and learn even more about the seminal hit through additional commentary from Jackson, Mariah’s longtime supporter and former manager; journalist Shirley Halperin, Executive Editor for Music at Variety; Gary Trust, Billboard’s Senior Director of Charts; and Mariah’s longtime backup singer and friend of over 25 years, Trey Lorenz. The mini-documentary follows the song from its early days, initially charting at #12 on the overall radio chart, to its dominance of the charts over the years. The song has spent 36 cumulative weeks at #1 on Billboard’s holiday chart since 2011 - the highest any holiday song in history has charted. This year Mariah was also presented with a Guinness World Record for the highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist.
Additionally, “All I Want for Christmas is You” remains number one on Amazon Music since Thanksgiving Day, and is the most-streamed holiday song in all 50 states this season. The song was also the most popular holiday single in the U.S. on Amazon Music in 2017 and 2018. With billions of holiday streams so far this year globally, and hundreds of holiday playlists and stations, Amazon Music continues to be a leader in holiday music listening. For those who want even more Mariah Carey this holiday season, beginning December 19, Amazon Music listeners in the U.S. can access an exclusive skill on Alexa, to hear special messages and musical selections from the international superstar. By asking, “Alexa, open Mariah’s Christmas Countdown,” listeners will hear a new “Mariah-ism,” a different piece of commentary from the artist, alongside handpicked music every day leading up to Christmas.
Amazon Music’s latest mini-documentary is the fourth of its kind released this year, highlighting pivotal moments in artists’ careers, including Still Ill: 25 Years of the Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication, The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready to Die and Departure, a detailed look at Sharon Van Etten’s last days of living in New York City before her move to Los Angeles.
And for a limited time, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get the best holiday deal in Amazon Music’s history - four months of the premium streaming tier for just $0.99, to enjoy unlimited access to more than 50 million songs, ad-free.
About Mariah Carey
MARIAH CAREY is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, numerous American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Top Female Artist of All Time”, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, Billboard’s “Icon Award,” the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah's ongoing impact has transcended the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She made her entry into the world of independent film with her landmark performance in "WiseGirls" starring alongside Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, Mariah was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniels' "Precious." Mariah went on to appear in Daniels' stellar ensemble piece "The Butler" (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children's charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development. Mariah is represented by Roc Nation, CAA and Imprint PR. www.mariahcarey.com.
About Amazon Music
Amazon Music reimagines music listening by enabling customers to unlock millions of songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with their voice. Amazon Music provides unlimited access to new releases and classic hits through multiple streaming tiers. With Amazon Music, Prime members have access to ad-free listening of 2 million songs at no additional cost to their membership. Listeners can also enjoy Amazon Music Unlimited, which provides access to more than 50 million songs and the latest new releases. Amazon Music HD, a new tier of the highest quality streaming audio, offers more than 50 million songs in High Definition, and millions of songs in Ultra High Definition. Customers also have free access to an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations on Amazon Music. Engaging with music has never been more natural, simple, and fun. For more information, visit amazonmusic.com or download the Amazon Music app.
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