Just in time for the holidays, the incomparable, multi-platinum, multiple Grammy award-winning global superstar Mariah Carey (the best-selling female artist of all time with 18 Hot 100 #1 hits) releases Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) today.
The legendary icon commemorates the 25th anniversary of her landmark holiday album—Merry Christmas—with a definitive two-disc set, wrapping it up with previously unreleased recordings, bonus material, and new packaging. Physical albums and merch from the official artist store also ship today. Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) is now available everywhere in stores, online, and at all streaming platforms!
Get it HERE via Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings.
Mariah’s chart-topping song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will also be released in a variety of single configurations, all scheduled to ship on December 20! This will be the first time in history that the single is receiving a commercial release in the US.
This morning she also shared a brand new music video, “All I Want For Christmas Is You (Unreleased Video Footage).” Bridging eras, this version consists of previously unseen footage from the original “All I Want For Christmas Is You” video shoot in Upstate New York in 1993. Check it out HERE.
Mariah Carey’s official D2C Store offers an “All I Want For Christmas Is You” CD single with several versions of the title classic, as well as “Hero” performed live from The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. The Cassingles come in red or green cassettes featuring “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and festive, collector’s pop-out decorations on the packaging. The 12” Vinyl and 7” Vinyl also include the festive pop-out decorations.
Among the bonus material, the two-disc set boasts the audio from her unforgettable live performance at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine on December 8, 1994 in New York City. For the first time ever, fans can relive this historic fundraising event that notably benefited The Fresh Air Fund and Camp Mariah. By generating over half a million dollars, it stood out as one of the largest fundraising events ever for The Fresh Air Fund in at least 30 years, if not the greatest throughout its 117-year existence. Now essential Christmas-time listening, the evening also captured one of the very first live performances of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Not to mention, the set comprises highly rare and unheard recordings of the standards “Silent Night,” “Joy To The World,” “Jesus Born On This Day,” and more. Additionally, the unveiling of the show from The Cathedral of St. John The Divine is a long-anticipated official release of live concert material that has been sought after by fans for many years.
Expanding this powerhouse tracklisting, she also delivers a beautifully modernized and previously unreleased take on “Sugar Plum Fairy.” In her new arrangement, Mariah’s voice glides over a glassy beat as she delivers another enchanting and entrancing holiday anthem, highlighting all aspects of her incredible 5-octave vocal range. Never before released in the US, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition touts “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” in addition to Mariah’s Golden Globe nominated track “The Star,” and “When Christmas Comes” with John Legend, remixes, and more.
Taking over social media, fans may join the conversation on Twitter today. They can unlock a custom Mariah Carey emoji by using the hashtags #MC25 and #MariahChristmas.
Additionally, Mariah has joined forces with Amazon for a sneak peek at how she personally celebrates Christmas! Commemorating the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” she curated an Amazon gift guide with items she personally uses, gifts, or pieces she found especially inspiring for the holidays. Check it out HERE. She hand-selected gifts from dozens of brands across Amazon, including new and upcoming selections from Amazon Launchpad. She built a gift guide that would fit right under her tree.
Christmas comes early today with the ultimate gift from Mariah Carey.
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. Originally released on November 1st, 1994, it went on to receive a 6x platinum certification from the RIAA, sell 15 million copies worldwide, and earn the title of “The Best-Selling Christmas Album of All-Time.” The single “All I Want For Christmas Is You” scored a 6x platinum certification and ascended into the Hot 100 as her 28th Top 10 single on the respective chart. Just last year, its eternal power would be reaffirmed in 2018. It emerged in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 as “the second holiday song in sixty years to peak in the Top 5.” Moving over 16 million copies around the globe, it remains the 11th best-selling single of all time. Plus, it spawned a children’s book and animated family film.
The Queen of Christmas shines brighter, bigger, and bolder than ever.