Mariah Carey‘s 1994 yuletide album, ‘Merry Christmas,’ continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.
As if its annual domination of charts during the holiday season isn’t enough, its lead single – ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ – makes history almost every year for reaching new peaks over two decades after its premiere. Now, just days after announcing a tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the set’s release (click here for dates), Carey’s unwrapped news ‘Christmas’ has yielded yet another historic achievement, courtesy of the RIAA.
On October 1, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) updated a number of its logs, including the stats of Carey’s ‘Christmas.’ Now 6X Platinum, which denotes sales equivalence of 6 million units in the United States, the album’s new certification gave Mimi just the slight push needed to edge past Queen of Pop Madonna‘s overall numbers.
As of time reported, Madge sits at 64.5 million certified albums sold in the U.S. while Carey’s now at 65 million. Congratulations are due to the ‘Vision of Love’ diva who, thanks to the update, only sees herself behind Barbra Streisand‘s historic 68 million certified albums sold on the “best-selling women of all time” chart (according to the RIAA).
Note: The RIAA only tracks reported U.S. sales.