Update: Mariah Carey Loses Bid To Trademark ‘Queen Of Christmas’
Update: (Nov. 15, 2022): Mariah Carey will not be able to legally add “Queen of Christmas” to her list of nicknames.
According to new reports, on November 15, The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied Mariah’s attempt to trademark “Queen of Christmas.” The board also blocked her attempts to secure the rights to “Princess Christmas” and “Christmas Princess.”
Original Story: (Aug. 18, 2022): Mariah Carey may be the unofficial Queen of Christmas, but good luck proving it in court.
The singer — who continues to top the Billboard charts every year around the holidays for her 1991 holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” — submitted an application in March 2021 to trademark the time “Queen of Christmas,” a move that has left festive singers Darlene Love, 81, and Elizabeth Chan, 42, outraged.
Since then, the trademark application for Mariah Carey has been officially opposed by Elizabeth Chan‘s counsel. According to her attorney,
“I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity.”
Elizabeth Chan‘s attorney added,
“That’s just not the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It’s meant to be shared; it’s not meant to be owned. And it’s not just about the music business. She’s trying to trademark this in every imaginable way — clothing, liquor products, masks, dog collars — it’s all over the map.”
While it doesn’t appear that Darlene Love (who just so happens to be the Godmother of Whitney Houston) is on the lawsuit, the move by Mariah Carey has certainly left her confused — at least according to her Facebook status. Darlene Love said,
“Is it true that Mariah Carey trade marked “Queen of Christmas”? What does that mean that I can’t use that title? David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released “All I want For Christmas Is You” and at 81 years of age I’m NOT changing anything. I’ve been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes! If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!!”
Carey‘s timeless Christmas album was initially released on November 1, 1994. The smash song went on to be certified six times platinum by the RIAA. In 2019, 25 years after its release, the song reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time. The accomplishment made it the second Christmas song to ever reach the top spot, joining The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song,” which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59.
Per Carey‘s trademark application, she would also own the rights to “QOC,” “Princess of Christmas” and “Christmas Princess.”
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