Mariah Carey’s new lawsuit against “All I Want For Christmas Is You” says a hit released in 1994 infringed the copyright of an older song. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Louisiana on Friday, Vince Vance, whose real name is Andy Stone, accused Carey, Sony Music Entertainment and co-author of the Christmas hit Walter Afanasieff of infringing copyright. According to Deadline, he and co-writer Walter Afansieff were appointed composer Andy Stone in the event of copyright infringement.
Stone, who performed as Vince Vance with the country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, blames the suspects for illegally using his “popular and unique style” and creating confusion by recording more new songs without his permission.
Stone is looking for $20M for compensation.
Songs by Carey and Stone have different lyrics and melodies. Spokesmen Carey and Sony Music did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Carey’s song was released on her album “Merry Christmas” and has long been played on the radio and in retail stores during the holidays.
Since 2019, the Billboard Hot 100 has also peaked every year, although it was recorded four centuries earlier. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the 19th No. 1 song by Carey, slightly better than the Beatles. Stone said his own song was “widely broadcast” at Christmas in 1993 and also appeared on the Billboard charts. The complaint was not clear when Stone first learned of Carey’s song.
The complaint states that Stone’s lawyers did not contact the suspects about their alleged misuse until April 2021, but “failed to reach an agreement.”
Stone’s lawyers did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
Carey is one of the most successful music singles of all time, at the top of the charts in more than two dozen countries, and enjoys plenty of broadcasts every Christmas.
It was released in 2003 in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually and has sold an estimated 16 million copies worldwide. The song earned Carey $ 60 million in royalties over the past three decades.