Mariah Carey was sued on Friday over her 1994 Christmas traditional “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by a songwriter who mentioned he co-wrote a track with the identical title 5 years earlier.

In a criticism filed in the New Orleans federal court docket, Andy Stone is in search of at least $20 million in damages from Carey, her co-writer and Sony Music Entertainment for copyright infringement and misappropriation, amongst different claims.

Stone, who performs as Vince Vance with the country-pop band Vince Vance & the Valiants, accused the defendants of getting illegally exploiting his “recognition and distinctive model” and bringing about confusion by recording the newer track without his permission.

Carey’s and Stone’s songs have different lyrics and melodies.

Spokespeople for Carey and Sony Music didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Carey’s track appeared on her album “Merry Christmas,” and has a lengthy obtained widespread play on the radio and in retail buying environments during the vacation season.

It has additionally topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart yearly since 2019, regardless of having been recorded 1 / 4 centuries earlier. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was Carey’s nineteenth No. 1 track, one fewer than the Beatles.

Stone mentioned his track had obtained “in depth airplay” in the course of the 1993 Christmas season and likewise appeared on Billboard charts.

It wasn’t clear from the criticism when Stone first realized about Carey’s track.

The criticism mentioned Stone’s legal professionals first contacted the defendants in April 2021 about their alleged unauthorized use, however, have been “unable to come back to any settlement.”

Stone’s legal professionals didn’t instantly reply to requests for extra remarks.

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