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Mariah Carey Receives Backlash for Trying to Trademark ‘Queen of Christmas’

Mariah Carey lights The Empire State Building in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of 'All I Want For Christmas is You'Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

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Former American Idol judge Mariah Carey is receiving backlash from two fellow singers for trying to trademark the title “Queen of Christmas.” Both Elizabeth Chan and Darlene Love have spoken out against the decision.

Mariah Carey Tries to Trademark ‘Queen of Christmas’

Mariah Carey’s song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a holiday staple, reaching a billion streams on Spotify last year. Many think the singer has earned the title of “Queen of Christmas.” According to PopSugar, Carey filed to trademark this title back in March 2021. It would apply to products such as clothing, Christmas ornaments, and more.

Singer Elizabeth Chan, who sings exclusively Christmas music and has an album called The Queen of Christmas, objects to Carey’s move. According to Variety, she even filed a formal opposition to Carey’s trademark claim last week.

“Christmas has come way before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth,” Chan told the publication. “And I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity. That’s just not the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It’s meant to be shared; it’s not meant to be owned.”


Darlene Love Also Commented on Carey’s Move

Singer Darlene Love also spoke out against Mariah Carey’s trademark claim, posting about it on her Facebook page earlier this week. The singer is known for her 1963 song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” which she performed annually on David Letterman’s show for many years.

“David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything,” Love wrote. “I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes! If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!”

Interestingly, Carey herself has rejected the moniker as recently as last December. She told the Zoe Bell Breakfast Show, “That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that.” She added that “to me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas.”

Carey has not commented publicly on the trademark claim.

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