After 25 years, the stars aligned for Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ this week. For, the festive classic topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since its 1994 release.
In the process, it became Mimi’s 19th #1 single on the coveted count and sees her stand as the solo artist with the most number ones in chart’s history.
Fittingly, then, Carey covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine.
Posing it up for a number for a striking spread lensed by Ruven Afanador, the diva also sat down for an interview; one which saw her muse on the legend of the song that keeps giving, her catalogue, Christmas, and more.
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On Hitting #1 With ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’:
“We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear this year with the song to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit No. 1 two weeks before Christmas. … I just want to thank everybody. I want the world to have the best holiday ever.”
On How She Views ‘Merry Christmas’ 25 Years Later:
“Originally, I would just nitpick “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Not about the song itself, but about the vocal: “Why didn’t I fix this? Why didn’t I do that?” Things that would irritate me. Now I just live with it and love it. My relationship with Merry Christmas is better than it was when I first made the album.”
On Her Difficult Childhood:
“I come from an extremely damaged childhood. But the thing is, from the manure comes a flower. You have to go through some stuff where you can get to a place where you can be optimistic because if you don’t have that optimism, you won’t survive.”
On Why Christmas Is So Important To Her:
“I grew up looking forward to the holidays all year long, but because I have such a tragically dysfunctional family, certain family members or ex-family members would ruin it every year. As an adult, what I’ve tried to do is take what I always wished Christmas would be and have the perfect holiday season.”
On Her Memories Of Christmas From Childhood:
“[My mother] is the reason why I love Christmas so much. She got me into it. … She was super festive and tried really hard even though we had no money. She would wrap up fruit in newspaper and give it to me like, “This is from the cat!” She would sing Christmas carols and make mulled wine and have her friends over. I got that from her, and whatever our differences are, I’m so thankful for that.”