American Singer Mariah Carey has incited a legal battle over who has the right to use the ‘Queen of Christmas’ (QOC) title.
Mariah had filed a bid to trademark the title in March 2021 however this was not made public until recently in 2022.
In response to her bid, other singers who also perform Christmas songs have kicked back and moved to make objections to her claim.
Elizabeth Chan, who exclusively performs Christmas music, has filed a formal objection to the claim.
Another Christmas singer Darlene Love has also claimed the title saying she had been the ‘Queen of Christmas’ long before Carey rose to stardom.
Recall that Mariah Carey released her ‘Merry Christmas’ album in 1994. The album included her hit track ‘All I Want for Christmas’ which has been topping charts since its release.
The 53-year-old singer has also released several Christmas songs and often gives festive performances.
Darlene Love, 81, argues that she had been declared the QOC 29 years ago and her 1963 Christmas song ‘Baby Please Come Home’ was released long before Carey.
Love’s post read, “David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released All I want For Christmas Is You,” she wrote, referring to Carey.
“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!”
Elizabeth Chan, 42, also believes should be the rightful owner of the title seeing as she has only ever written and performed Christmas songs.
“I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolise it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity,” she said.
“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.”