It’s beginning to look like Christmas came early for one of the biggest divas in music. It may have taken a whopping 26 years but All I Want For Christmas Is You is finally set to top the UK singles charts this Friday. It seems hard to believe, but the classic Crimbo choon has been pipped to the post on four separate occasions. Not that Mimi’s bank balance has anything to complain about. You wopn’t believe how much just this one song has made since its release in 1994.
This week’s Number 1 will be unveiled from 4pm Friday on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart with Scott Mills.
At the moment Mariah is in her usual Number Two position but is only a few hundred sales behind Ariana Grande’s Positions.
Crucially Mimi is accelerating and projected to pass her young rival – who many have compared to her in both vocal and songwriting skills.
It may seem a little early to start talking about Christmas chart battles but something extraordinary has happened in 2020.
The almost year-long lockdowns have prompted a record surge in early Christmas trees and seasonal music.
The UK Official Charts Company data shows that 2020 streams of Christmas songs so far already stand at 252m, up nearly 44% on the same period in 2019.
Which is very, very good news for a select group of artists who make a staggering amount from their classic Christmas songs each year.
Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas is estimated to have earned over $60million and counting.
It hit NUmber 2 in the UK on its release in 1994, held off the top spot by East 17’s Stay Another Day. It repeated that position in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Will 2020 finally do the trick?
The Official Chart Company announced that there are set to be four Xmas tracks in the Uk Top Ten this week.
Whoever triumphs this week, there will be no room for hard feelings since Mariah will also release a new version of her other festive favourite Oh Santa on Friday, featuring Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson
The competition will be stiff in 2020 with a mix of rereleases and new songs from major artists.
Robbie Williams has already dropped his own offering, the cheeky and humorous Can’t Stop Christmas while Bk oF host Matt Lucas has released Merry Christmas, Baked Potato.
Tihs week Liam Gallagher released All You’re Dreaming Of, also up against X Factor alumnus Becky Hill’s mellow version of Alphaville’s Forever Young from the McDonald’s advert.
Queen legend Brin May has teamed up with West End star Kerry Ellis for One Beautiful Christmas Day and Youtube sensations The Dancing Binmen have released Boogie Round The Bins At Christmas.