Songwriter Vince Vance has once again filed a lawsuit against Mariah Carey, alleging that she plagiarized her perennial hit, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” from his earlier song.
Vince Vance, also known as Andy Stone, has once again taken legal action against Mariah Carey, this time alleging that her iconic Christmas song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” was copied from his earlier song with the same title, which he recorded in 1989. This accusation is not new, as Vance had previously filed a similar lawsuit, but he has now renewed his claims in a new complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court.
In this latest lawsuit, Vance, represented by attorney Gerard P. Fox, who previously handled a case against Taylor Swift, makes several notable allegations against Carey. One of the key accusations is that Mariah Carey fabricated the story of how she wrote her hit song.
Furthermore, Vance claims that even her co-writer, Walter Afanasieff, disputes her account of the song’s creation. These claims suggest a deeper level of deception on Carey’s part, asserting that she knowingly presented the song as her own without the proper licensing.
Vance’s complaint emphasizes the success of his original song, which he recorded with his band, Vince Vance and the Valiants. It reached No. 31 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and later climbed to No. 23 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. These details aim to demonstrate that his song was known and successful before Carey released her version, strengthening his case for copyright infringement.
The lawsuit also delves into the musical and lyrical similarities between the two songs. Vance’s legal team argues that there are distinct elements in his original work, such as a unique linguistic structure and specific chord progressions in the melody, which Carey allegedly copied when creating her song. They go as far as claiming that Carey’s version is more than a 50% clone of Vance’s original, both in terms of lyrics and chord expressions. This detailed analysis of the similarities between the two songs strengthens Vance’s claim that his work was unlawfully used as the basis for Carey’s hit.
Notably, the lawsuit mentions the influence of the movie “Love Actually” on the popularity of Mariah Carey‘s song. The inclusion of Carey’s song in a prominent scene in this 2003 Christmas movie is highlighted as a factor that further established her song as a holiday classic.
This legal battle revolves around copyright infringement and raises questions about the origin and authenticity of Mariah Carey’s holiday classic. It’s a complex case that hinges on the intricate details of both songs and their historical context in the music industry.