Splash NewsCo-written with Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" not only went onto become the diva's biggest-selling single but was arguably the last time that the public embraced a new yuletide song.Taken from her 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, the joyous Motown pastiche has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide, re-enters charts across the globe every year -- it has just reached a new peak (No. 26) on the US Hot 100 after originally being ineligible due to a lack of a commercial release -- and has since been covered by everyone from Michael Buble to My Chemical Romance.Its place in the canon of Christmas standards is therefore undoubtedly assured. But anyone who believed that its success would open the floodgates for a new generation of seasonal favorites would have been very much mistaken as no other artist has come close to replicating its cultural impact.It's not for the want of trying either. A whole host of musical giants have made a bit for that annual royalty cheque but very few have captured the imagination long enough to become a staple of the holiday season.The Killers have released a new Christmas song every year for the past eight years but none of them have really struck a chord with anyone outside of their fan base. Arguably the biggest band of the 21st Century, Coldplay, also struggled to set the world alight with their melancholic 2010 offering, "Christmas Lights." While even Lady Gaga's army of Little Monsters couldn't push 2008's "Christmas Tree" any further up than No. 23 on the <i>Billboard</i> Holiday Songs chart.Add in the fact that Leona Lewis' "One More Sleep" and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" -- both of which are obvious attempts to echo Carey's nostalgic formula -- haven't managed to enter the public's consciousness this year either and it's hard to see where the next big Christmas standard is going to come from.Of course, it's always a joy to hear those opening chiming bells on "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in the run-up to the big day. But it still seems a shame that both radio and record buyers still don't seem willing to accept anything more contemporary nearly 20 years on.
Mariah Carey's 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You has topped Billboard's first Holiday 100 chart of the year, as it did last year (12). The song, which Carey performed at the 81st annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony on Wednesday (04Dec13), hit the number one spot with 29,000 downloads and big airplay figures.
Brenda Lee's 1958 classic Rocking Around the Christmas Tree comes in at two and Bobby Helms' Jingle Bell Rock is at three on the first U.S. festive chart of the year.
Ariana Grande claims the chart's top holiday song released this season with Love Is Everything at number 15, while her cover of Wham!'s Last Christmas is at 32. The original takes the 11th spot on the countdown.
Meanwhile, on the U.S. Christmas albums chart, Duck Dynasty stars the Robertsons' Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas ranks number one, just ahead of Kelly Clarkson's holiday compilation Wrapped in Red.
Mary J. Blige's new album A Mary Christmas is at three, Michael Buble's 2011 release Christmas is at four and Susan Boyle's Home for Christmas rounds out the new top five.
Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Mary J. Blige officially kicked off the holidays in New York on Wednesday night (04Dec13) by performing at the 81st annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center celebration. Brit Lewis got the show under the big tree in Manhattan started with her rendition of Wizzard's I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day, while other highlights included pregnant Clarkson's take on Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson's Blue Christmas, which has been recorded by Dean Martin, Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, among others, Blige's jazzy cover of The Christmas Song and Mariah Carey's upbeat take on Joy to the World.
It was mostly an all-girls festive celebration with other appearances by Ariana Grande, Ashanti, Jewel and Lauren Alaina, while rockers the Goo Goo Dolls represented the men at the tree lighting ceremony.
Pop sensation Ariana Grande is giving fans a few early Christmas treats this year (13) - she'll be releasing a new festive tune every Monday between 19 November (13) and 25 December (13). The actress and singer will offer up her cover of WHAM!'s Last Christmas on week one and there will be other tracks for fans to download throughout the run-up to the holidays.
She took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (06Nov13) to announce her Christmas campaign, explaining, "I'm releasing new music for Christmas! New song every week as a countdown to the holidays starting Nov19. Beyond excited to share them w/ U (with you)!"
The Baby I singer will be just as busy as Santa Claus this holiday season - she will perform at New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, while she will also hit the stage on the inaugural Jingle Ball concert tour. Grande is also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards, and will appear at the ceremony on 24 November (13).
"I used to really like Christmas. When I was a teenager… the drinking age was 18 and you could actually go to bars... but we used to, like, have a few (drinks) and then decide to go Christmas carolling and we'd show up at Rockefeller Center and we would Christmas carol. Me and my friends and I would sing Jingle Bells like Frank Sinatra." Actor Steve Buscemi on his best teenage memories of Christmas in New York City.
The Twilight beauty was first linked to Carney in October (11), shortly after the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actor split from his co-star Jennifer Damiano.
And the new lovers celebrated the start of their first holiday season together by appearing at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting event to watch performances by singers Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Cee-Lo Green and Neil Diamond.
It has been a busy year for Greene on the romantic front - she has dated pop star Joe Jonas and was briefly linked to Kings of Leon rocker Jared Followill.
Justin Bieber was the star attraction during NBC’s annual live broadcast of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center last night. And while the teen star's live performances were a big hit, fans were most excited to watch the premiere of his All I Want For Christmas Is You video, featuring the ever-talented Mariah Carey. But as great as the original song truly was, I need to be honest and say the updated version is not only awful, but highly risqué as well.
Throughout the course of the video, Mariah -- dressed in a sexy Santa suit -- flirts and makes eyes at the 17-year-old singer, who looks just young enough to be her own son. But perhaps it's just me. Maybe I feel this way because I'm always partial to the original classics rather than the sloppy remakes, or maybe I just find the whole cougar relationship innately creepy (he's just a baby, Mariah!), but this was just all kinds of awful. I'm sorry, but no amount of Bieber Fever can save this video. Actually, that's probably not true since I'm sure a swarm of teenage girls are fawning over this clip right now, but before you start sharpening your pitchforks in my honor, at least watch the video below.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC
The Holiday tradition will see its 79th iteration with a little help from hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie, as well as performances from Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Big Time Rush and Javier Colon. Apparently, the new "All I Want For Christmas Is You" music video featuring both Bieber and Mariah Carey will also make an appearance, though I'm still partial to the original - it's a classic.
8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox
"The Top 7 Perform"
It's getting closer to the finale over at The X-Factor, with less than a month to go, it's time for folks to start going home. And with only 7 contestants left, things are getting a bit tense.
American Horror Story
10 p.m. ET/PT on FX
"Spooky Little Girl"
Mena Suvari guest stars as The Black Dahlia, a girl who was famously murdered in 1940s Hollywood. She'll pay a visit to the house while Constance deals with more of Tate's bad behavior. Invoking old Hollywood and murder in the same story never hurts.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox
The new Jamie Pressley multi-camera sitcom premieres tonight, so tune in if you're curious - though don't come crying to us when you're disappointed with what you see.
10 p.m. ET/PT on E!
There's nothing special here except that E! has moved its pop culture slam book to midweek! Joel McHale will now be the underrated king of midweek...at least until Community hits that dreaded hiatus.
Grammy Nominations Concert Live
10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS
Music, awards for music, all in a tiny late(ish) night package. It's easy, mindless fun.
Actress Olivia Wilde had the honour of unveiling the 2011 Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York's Rockefeller Plaza on Wednesday morning (16Nov11). The ceremony traditionally marks the start of the festive season in the Big Apple.
The towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center wasn’t the only reason New York was sparkling on Tuesday, November 30. The stars were out sporting their most fashionable duds to check out the Dior-sponsored New York premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s latest very buzzworthy psychological thriller, Black Swan at the historic Zeigfeld Theater.
We made sure to cozy up with the stars on the red carpet and chatted with Aronofksy, star Natalie Portman, writer Mark Heyman, the dashing Vincent Cassel, and more. Check out our exclusive video before you head to theaters to take in all the dark, twisted, thrilling goodness when the film hits theaters Friday, December 3rd!