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Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You tops 1 million sales!

19/12/2013

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Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You tops 1 million sales!

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Plus: 15 million Christmas classics digitally downloaded in the UK over the past decade!

Mariah Carey’s festive favourite, All I Want For Christmas Is You, has seen a seasonal sales surge tip it over the 1 million sales milestone in the UK. And, as new Official Charts Company data shows, the British public have bought an incredible 15 million Christmas tunes, digitally, since downloading began in 2004.

Mariah’s much-loved seasonal classic passed the landmark sales threshold yesterday, establishing itself as one of the UK’s all-time greatest hits. The US singer was triumphant when told of the achievement yesterday, telling OfficialCharts.com:

“I just landed back in the US after performing a charity show in Africa for the Red Cross. I'm driving home looking at the snow in my hometown of NYC, celebrating selling 1 million copies of All I Want for Christmas Is You in the UK. Thank you, thank you to all of my British fans! Love, Mariah xxxx”

The British public can’t get enough of Mariah’s sleigh bell-adorned classic, having snapped up 68,000 copies already in 2013. Co-written/produced by Mariah along with Walter Afanasieff, the track first appeared on the festive album Merry Christmas and its lasting appeal has seen it generate an estimated $50 million in royalties globally since.

All I Want For Christmas Is You peaked at Number 2 in 1994, after being kept off the festive top spot by East 17’s Stay Another Day. It was unavailable for several years, however, thanks to the advent of digital and the song’s feel-good singalong factor, it returned to the Official Singles Chart in 2007 and has done so over and over again every December since, charting at Number 4 (2007), 12 (2008), 18 (2009), 22 (2010), 11 (2011), 20 (2012) and this year (it reached Number 12 in last Sunday’s chart).

The song is one of only 142 singles in the history of the Official Charts to pass the million copies mark in the UK. All I Want For Christmas joins eight other seasonal big hitters to have reached this landmark including Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody and Band Aid's Do They Know It’s Christmas (Full list below).

Mariah is currently working on a new solo album, due for release in spring 2014.

Download merrily on high!

The digital revolution has transformed the market for classic Christmas tunes. Brand new Official Charts analysis indicates that, over the past 10 years since legitimate downloading was born in the UK, a total of more than 15.4m Christmas tracks have been sold digitally (spanning festive songs, plus Christmas Number 1s past and present).

A range of classics, including The PoguesFairytale Of New York, Wham!’s Last Christmas and Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, regularly sell between 40,000 and 100,000 copies every year.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says: “We’ve always known that British music fans LOVE their Christmas tunes, but this new analysis shows just HOW much. Every year, these classics are selling well over 500,000 copies between them, year after year – with some of the biggest titles selling over 100,000 copies a year. We certainly are a nation of festive classic fanatics.”

Gennaro Castaldo of the BPI, the trade body for the UK recorded music industry says: “Along with CD compilations, downloads and now streaming have helped to give our classic Christmas songs a new lease of life and make them a permanent part of our festive celebrations each year. It’s great news, not just for the artists who are kept in royalties and for fans who love them, but also for the wider UK music industry, which benefits from the increasingly important contribution they now make.”

The Official Biggest Selling Christmas-themed Singles Of All Time

1 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 3.7M
2 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1.9M
3 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 1.7M
4 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1.2M
5 MARY’S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1.2M
6 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 1.2M
7 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 1.0M
8 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY
SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA
1.0M
9 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY 1.0M

© 2013 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Table shows the full list of all nine million-selling Christmas songs, with all-time sales

The Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Christmas Classics

1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 740,000
2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY 660,000
3 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 300,000
4 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY WIZZARD 250,000
5 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 250,000
6 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID 220,000
7 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS 200,000
8 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CHRIS REA 180,000
9 STAY ANOTHER DAY EAST 17 130,000
10 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE BRENDA LEE 120,000

© 2013 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Table shows the Christmas classics (festive tunes released before the current millennium) which have sold most downloads since January 1, 2004

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