Mariah Carey facing $20M lawsuit over ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’

Written by on November 2, 2023

(Fox News) – Musician Andy Stone sued Mariah Carey for $20 million in a California court Monday, alleging her popular holiday song “All I Want for Christmas is You” infringed on his copyright.

Stone, the lead vocalist of Vince Vance and the Valiants, co-wrote his song — also titled “All I Want for Christmas is You” — in 1989. Stone accused Carey and her team of copying his song’s “compositional structure,” according to the complaint obtained by Fox News Digital.

Carey “directly” copied lyrics from Stone’s 1989 hit and “approximately 50%” of the song is copyright infringement, the court docs stated.

The White House performance put Vince Vance and the Valiants’ song back on the Billboard Hot Country Chart in 1994, according to the court docs.

“Carey has capitalized on the success of her infringing work,” Stone’s complaint alleged. “‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has become a ubiquitous part of popular culture, and Carey’s name has become synonymous with the season.”

A representative for Carey did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Stone had first sued Carey in June 2022 in a Louisiana court before dropping the claim five months later, People magazine reported.

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