Mariah Carey's festive favorite, "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 Is You" 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."