– Carey released a new accompanying visual for her 25-year-old Christmas hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” last night.
– The fan-favorite holiday song hit number one on the Billboard charts for the first time earlier this week.
Mariah Carey released a new video for her record-breaking Christmas song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” late last night—and the new and improved visual is a fabulously festive affair that’s perfect for the Queen of Christmas.
It’s not often that a 25-year-old song goes number one over two decades after it’s initial release, and when you’re Mariah Carey, you can only celebrate that feat in an over-the-top fashion. For the hitmaker, that means creating a totally new, big-budget and cinematic music video experience for her most devoted fans, which she had teased on her social media accounts earlier in the week.
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While the original music video for “All I Want For Christmas” was a lo-fi and cute (but grainy) collection of Christmas footage, the latest reincarnation is a grandiose affair that boasts Rockette-esque choreography, adorable cameos from Carey’s twins Moroccan and Monroe, and—in classic Mariah fashion—multiple costume changes. The updated “All I Want For Christmas Is You” visual was directed by famed music video director Joseph Kahn, who’s previously worked with Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, and more.
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The new video also features Mykal-Michelle Harris from ABC’s Mixed-ish, who stars as the curious tot who stumbles into Carey’s miraculous winter wonderland. (Carey wrote, produced, and performed the theme song for the Black-ish spin-off.)
Despite the consistent popularity of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Carey admitted that she used to be very critical about the famous holiday hit and her Merry Christmas album. “Originally, I would just nitpick ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’ Not the song itself, but the vocal: ‘Why didn’t I fix this? Why didn’t I do that?’ Things that would irritate me,” she told Billboard magazine in her recent cover story.
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“Now I just live with it and love it,” Carey continued. “My relationship with Merry Christmas is better than it was when I first made the album. I put so much into it. It wasn’t like, ‘Here’s a throwaway.’ This was a real labor of love.”
Her labor paid off. In addition to finally hitting number one on the Billboard charts this year, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” also marks Carey’s 19th number one hit—the highest ranking among solo artists—as well as the first holiday song to top the charts in 60 years.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.