Mariah Carey is looking to record the title “Queen of Christmas”, believing it to be synonymous with Christmas thanks to her enduring 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. However, the singer’s request was met with opposition and at least one artist took legal action to block it.
Carey’s legal team filed a petition to register the “Queen of Christmas” trademark in March 2021, but it was made public in July, giving others the opportunity to object.
Christmas songwriter Elizabeth Chan did just that. She is a full-time songwriter who has also been nicknamed “The Queen of Christmas,” say her attorneys at the WilmerHale law firm.
The company says Chan’s opposition to Carey’s trademark application attracted media attention, including an interview with Variety, during which Chan explained why she and her lawyers filed a formal statement of opposition.
“Christmas has come long before any of us on earth, and hopefully it will be after any of us on earth,” Chan said. “And I firmly believe that no person should hold onto something around Christmas or monopolize it the way Mariah seeks in perpetuity. It’s not just the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It’s meant to be shared; it’s not meant to be. be possessed “.
According to another Variety interview released in December 2021, Chan claims to be the only notable singer-songwriter who only creates original songs for the holidays.
Another singer also publicly opposed Carey’s trademark request. Grammy winner Darlene Love posted the title of the “Queen of Christmas” on Facebook.
“David Letterman officially declared me Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year earlier [Carey] published ‘All I want For Christmas Is You’ and at 81 I’m NOT changing anything, “wrote Love, whose real name is Darlene Wright.” I’ve been in the business for 52 years, I’ve earned it and can still hit those notes. ! If Mariah has a problem she calls David or my lawyer !! “
Love has performed her 1963 Christmas song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” every year for nearly three decades on David Letterman’s show.
She released her Christmas album in 2007, titled “It’s Christmas, Of Course”. She also won a Grammy for Best Music Film for the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom”, which also won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
It is unclear whether Love has taken legal action against Carey’s trademark application.
According to Carey’s request, the singer is looking to use the “Queen of Christmas” branding on items such as perfumes, body lotions, skin care products, makeup, spa products, hair care, nail polishes. and sunglasses. She also wishes to use her title on her music, music videos and various music-based entertainment.
Carey’s most popular Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” helped heras the first artist to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in four different decades. The song held the top spot on the chart for three weeks starting in late 2019, the first time it took the top spot in December, 25 years after its first release.
CBS News has reached out to Chan’s attorneys and a representative of Love as well as Carey’s attorney and awaits a response.