Mariah Carey Covers Billboard Magazine / Talks Hitting #1 With ‘All I Want’ & More

Published: Thursday 19th Dec 2019 by Sam

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.

Head below for more…

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.”

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: Billboard / Ruven Afanador]

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  1. Lol December 19, 2019

    I wish she’d put this much effort into her studio albums like she does for a 25 year old song. She never promotes them. But we hear this constantly for 2 months.

    • Missy December 19, 2019

      You sound miserable.

      • Lol December 19, 2019

        And u sound mad that I can form my own opinion. Sit down peasant.

  2. TL December 19, 2019

    STUNNING!

  3. C****** Cebolla December 19, 2019

    Congrats on officially becoming a christmas nostalgia act I guess

  4. Swirly December 19, 2019

    Ageless queen.

  5. And I … Oop! December 19, 2019

    On Nicki Minaj
    Mariah Carey: I don’t know her. ???

  6. citygirl December 19, 2019

    she’s so beautiful

  7. Steve4 December 19, 2019

    Her Christmas music ages well like a fine wine. I am thrilled AIWFCIY hit #1 too ?⛄❄???????.

  8. ? December 19, 2019

    Mariah is officially the most successful female of all time. She’s ageless, classic music. Music that has meaning and a Christmas classic that will stand the test of time along with songs like “Hero”

    Mariah is the queen ?

    Sleigh ?
    ❤️?

  9. POPS MOTHER December 19, 2019

    SHE looks great. congratulations… on another note WHERE IS CLARKS0ON?? this site isn’t the same without them

  10. JOHNVIDAL December 19, 2019

    Really LOVE these photos. I wish her photo shoots were always this good.
    the moment with her 19th #1 is kind of…. it´s unreal.

  11. Fancy BISH December 19, 2019

    I love how candid she always is and she’s been open with her fans through interviews and songs like Looking In and Outside…one thing I must say to you Mimi girl (lol) is that NO ONE can ruin anything for you, Christmas or otherwise! ?? Anything hurtful a family member of yours did or tried to do is a reflection of THEMSELVES, not you…when you wanted Christmas to be perfect as a kid, it was! It always was! Because that was YOUR spirit and your wish! Little Mariah was a star ⭐️ Your record label wanted you to put out a Christmas album very early into your career and even you questioned it, like why now…but God had a plan ? And look, now you’re the Queen Of Christmas ⛄️ ❄️ ? Those family members are NOT on the cover of Billboard in December or #1 in the country with a timeless, beautiful song! And the song is about the love for people, not material things…you’re just a blessing! Love you and Merry Christmas to the Queen ? You put real joy in this world ? and you help make Christmas perfect for everyone ? ❤️

  12. Abel December 19, 2019

    Is really her on those pics?

  13. 1988 (Happy Holidays) December 20, 2019

    Mariah Carey cut them MONSTERS off like Slaylener about to sing in 2020. 🙂

    #CutEm’Off

    LOL

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