Mariah Carey, Queen Of Christmas once again.
In the UK chart dated Friday 27th December 2019 (which is the chart that the anniversary 7" and cassette first contributed to) it sold 171 vinyl and 129 cassettes that week!Surely not just 263 7" inch singles in the US… the reissued cute pop up must have done better than that, and she must have sold more than that with the originals from the 90s?
The fact this should be an obvious release and yet to have happened either, is just plain wrong.You know what would be a great Christmas gift, Mariah? A Glitter reissue.
A few notes from the Christmas show last night in case anyone is interested...
I'll preface this by saying I'm a long-time lamb and have seen Mimi live more than 10 times over the years. So I'm not being critical, just honest based on my past experiences and having followed her career very closely since the mid-90s.
I saw her Christmas show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC years ago, and I was worried this was going to be a rehash of that (especially given that it's only a 4 date run), but it was a completely new show and the set was amazing. Really dynamic and interesting with immersive screens, beautiful fabrics, and of course plenty of sparkly festive decor. She also had a full-choir in addition to her background singers, and lots of dancers (both adults and kids). The production was really glossy and I think it'll read really well for the planned TV special.
Mimi was #FashionablyLate, as always, and descended onto the stage in a giant snowflake while doing her whistle-tone "Sugar Plum Fairy" number. It was giving...
The actual opener was "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" which was a bit of an odd choice I thought (I know she has opened with this at some of her Christmas shows in the past). I'd argue that it's not really one of her better known covers, and didn't really light the room up the way that "Joy to the World" did, which followed.
Given that this was a Christmas show, the audience definitely skewed more in the direction of casual fans (or drunk white women in Santa hats ) than lambs. Although I felt like the show (and Mariah's energy) was geared more towards the lambs, so there were some songs (and some commentary from MC) that didn't really resonate with the audience. For some reason "Sleigh Ride" fell flat. Though there were plenty of lambs towards the front of the stage and at one point she grabbed a pillow from someone that said "Queen of Christmas" on it, and sarcastically said "*I* can't call myself that... but you guys do, so thank you!!!"
She was pretty chatty and very diva-esque as always, with constant hair and makeup touch-ups on stage. Oh, and the ensembles! Very over the top and festive. She had a skin tight red gown on with a huge train that she was living for, and had to get one of the dancers to come out and constantly re-adjust. She genuinely seemed to be enjoying herself on stage, and joked that she had become the "Reclusive Chanteuse" during covid (I screamed!) and was so happy to be performing again. She said this was sort of like a "dress rehearsal", and very sarcastically said "I can't wait to see it on YouTube..."
As someone already posted above, she brought out Miss Monroe for a cover of "Away in a Manger" and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. A very heart-warming moment. Though, again I'm not being shady, Miss Monroe was lip-syncing for her life.
The next set was a bit of a lull in the show. "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again", "Miss You Most", and "When Christmas Comes". Annoyingly a lot of people sat down by my gay-ass was up swaying. She mentioned that she had taken all of the fans setlist suggestions into consideration, and that "Miss You Most" was by far the most requested. She only did about half of it though, and was visibly emotional. Strangely she also only did about half of "When Christmas Comes" and said that she was trying to fit as many songs in as possible. Things picked up again with her rendition of "O Holy Night".
The Hits Medley blew the roof off the joint. She did snippets of "Big Energy", "Honey", "Heartbreaker", "My All", "It's Like That", "Emotions", "Make It Happen", and (randomly) "Fly Like a Bird". Followed by full versions of "We Belong Together" and "Hero". She said she would have just done only Christmas music, but her team "vetoed that". And thank god they did, because watching her breeze through those hits back to back was the stuff of legends.
Of course, "All I Want" was the encore, and she came out in that high-drag nutcracker look that she's worn many times in the past (cinched for the gods!). Dem Kids came out, it "snowed" in the arena, and of course the audience went wild.
All in all, a really great show and I'm looking forward to seeing it again tomorrow night from the 3rd row! As far as vocals go, I would say she was at a 7/10 last night if I'm being totally honest. I do believe a lot of it was nerves. But there were some very impressive moments. I'd also say that most of it was live, maybe just a few climaxes were lipped, and she tried a few new things with some of the songs which was fun. 30+ years into her career, Mariah's definitely still got it.
You know what would be a great Christmas gift, Mariah? A Glitter reissue.
Those stats are truly incredible and well deserved.Insane:
All I want for Christmas is You
United States: 25 - 5 - 2 - 1 -
Switzerland: 45 - 16 - 2 - 1 -
United Kingdom: 56 - 36 - 18 - 8 - 1 -
Sweden: 56 - 2 - 1 - 1 -
Germany: 44 - 6 - 1 - 1 -
Austria: 44 - 13 - 1 - 1 -
Iceland: 27 - 9 - 5 - 1 - 1 -
Norway: 6 - 1 - 2 -
New Zealand: 2 -
Netherlands: 71 - 50 - 24 - 13 - 2 -
Denmark: 19 - 2 - 3 -
Australia: 94 - 50 - 11 - 3 -
Ireland: 59 - 32 - 19 - 6 - 3 -
Greece (Int'l): 95 - 24 - 6 - 3 -
Italy: 75 - 35 - 4 -
Slovakia: 57 - 16 - 4 -
Czech Republic: 45 - 18 - 4 -
Canada: 16 - 5 - 5 -
Lithuania: 7 - 7 - 6 -
Hungary: 45 - 19 - 10 - 6 -
Finland: 14 - 8 -
Truly much deserved, hopefully Miss You Most At Christmas Time, will follow too.O Holy Night, Oh Santa and Baby Please Come Home all growing year after year on streaming makes me so happy.
She will eventually claw back her record for most weeks at #1 by 2030.