Mariah Carey is supposedly, and ironically, a big scrooge… she’s being sued for her hit Christmas jingle, with another artist claiming her song – of the same name – inspired his.
Mariah is being sued for copyright infringement by Peter Andywho says he co-wrote and recorded a song called “All I Want For Christmas Is You” a few years before MC released his famous track with that title.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Andy claims he recorded his back in 1989 in Nashville, and says it was widely released and even hit the Billboard charts during the 1993 Christmas season, and he even filmed a music video.
The problem for Andy is… Mariah released her version in 1994, complete with her own music video, and we all know what a huge hit it’s become since.
Andy claims that Mariah and her camp never asked for or obtained permission to use this title.
Now, while everyone knows Mariah’s song, the fact is that it sounds completely different from Andy’s song — different lyrics, different melody… apart from the title, it’s unmistakably not the same song.
TMZ broke the story… Mariah’s version is a real cash cow, recently breaking the billion stream plateauand put millions of dollars in his pocket every year.
Andy wants a slice of that pie…he’s suing Mariah for at least $20 million in damages.
Hard to see how this one holds up in court – a lot of songs have a similar or even the exact same title, but hey…Andy goes for it.
We contacted Mariah’s team… so far no response.