By Daniel Lane
She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas, but there is ONE thing that she needs. She doesn’t even care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree, all Mariah Carey wants this Christmas is…a million selling single!
And, if sales continue at their current rate, the record buying British public will make her wish come true later this week.
Originally released in 1994 as the lead single from Mariah’s Christmas album, Merry Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You initially entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 5 in December of that year. It climbed up to Number 2 a week later, but was kept off the festive top spot by London boyband East 17’s Stay Another Day. A vintage year for yuletide classics by any measure!
It dropped out of the Top 40 six weeks after release with a respectable UK sales tally of nearly 306,000 copies at that point. However, thanks to the advent of digital and the song’s feel-good singalong factor, All I Want For Christmas Is You returned to the Official Singles Chart some 13 years after its original release (peaking at Number 4) and it has done so over, and over again, every December since 2007.
And the British public STILL can’t get enough of Mariah’s sleighbell-adorned classic. According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, a further 56,000 copies of All I Want For Christmas Is You have been purchased so far this year alone, the track climbed two places to Number 12 on Sunday’s Official Singles Chart. All I Want For Christmas Is You’s total UK sales now stand at 985,700 copies, and should cross over the million copies landmark this month.
Since the Official Singles Chart began in 1952 there have been only 141 singles which have gone on to cross reach the hallowed million sales milestone here in the UK.
However, there have been four singles released in 2013 alone which have already become million sellers – Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, Avicii’s Wake Me Up and Passenger’s Let Her Go – the biggest annual haul in 15 years.
2013 has also seen a further 11 classic tracks and contemporary hits tipping over this sales barrier, which range from Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976) and Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre FT Bubbler Ranx (1995), to more recent chart smashes such as Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (2009) and Impossible by James Arthur (2012).
And the next inductee to this exclusive club looks all set to be Mariah, it’s now just a matter of WHEN!
All Mariah wants for Christmas is a million seller, but it’s down to you to make her wish come true before Santa arrives on the 25th!Back