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Mariah Carey's incredible paycheck for 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' revealed

The holiday song was first released in 1994

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Megan Bull
Megan BullTV Writer
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Dubbed the 'Queen of Christmas,' Mariah Carey never fails to get fans into the festive spirit with her 1994 hit single, 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'. A global success, the song has topped the charts and broken numerous records over the years, making it the best-selling holiday song by a female artist, and one of the best-selling physical singles in music history. 

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So, how much does Mariah Carey earn from 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' each year? The answer is pretty impressive…

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How much does Mariah Carey earn from 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'?

According to The Economist's calculations, 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' earns around $2.5 million (£2.1 million) per year, although the New York Post has reported that the figure could be as high as $3 million. 

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Back in 2017, it was also stated by The Economist that Mariah had already earned $60 million in royalties from the time it was first released in 1994.

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The holiday song has been estimated to make around $2.5 million each year

One of her most popular songs to date, the singer has spoken about the single's incredible success over the years, revealing that it came as a surprise.

Joining W for an interview in November, she said: 

"Okay, so the idea of me doing a Christmas album at all came from the record company. It was very early in my career, and I thought it was a little early for me to be doing that, but I was like, 'Well, I love Christmas.' I had some very sad Christmases as a child, but I always try to find the bright light there. I was sort of up late, walking around this house where I was living with my first ex-husband, and I had a keyboard, and, no, I am by no means a piano player, but I can pluck out chords when I need to. But I prefer to work with a virtuoso piano player because I hear the chords."

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Mariah has revealed her surprise at the song's incredible success

She continued: "I didn't want it to feel specific to any era, so we didn't use sounds that were happening at that time. That way, it would feel classic and timeless. But I could never have imagined that it would become such a major part of my life."

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