Mariah Carey ruled Christmas Eve on Spotify as her now-iconic holiday hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” broke the all-time record for the most streams in a single day.
Chart Data broke the news that Mimi’s blockbuster single was streamed more than 10.8 times on December 24.
.@MariahCarey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has broken the global Spotify record for biggest single day (10,819,009 streams on 12/24).
— chart data (@chartdata) December 25, 2018
The previous record was 10.4 streams of XXXTentacion’s “Sad!” on June 19, one day after he was shot and killed in South Florida.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You,” released in November of 1994, is now eligible for 5x Platinum status in the US.
The highest charting holiday-themed single in six decades, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” currently ranks 7th on the Billboard Hot 100.
Carey herself seemed to be surprised by the record-breaking news:
Wait… What?! https://t.co/C2zw3hGQeK
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 25, 2018
Just imagine work you did 24 years ago could still be earning big bucks.
We all know that artists make money, depending on their recording contracts, every time someone purchases their music.
Additionally, since Carey co-wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with producer Walter Afanasieff, she makes bank every time it’s played on the radio, used in a movie or commercial or streamed.
And that can add up.
Business Insider reports the Grammy Award-winner has made over $60 million from the holiday hit alone since its release.
Some songs can become so associated with a certain time of year, they become perennial money makers.
For instance, each spring as warm, sunny weather emerges from winter, “Walking On Sunshine,” by Katrina and the Waves, returns to the airwaves with the 1985 track earning an estimated $1 million each year.