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Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas co-writer slams her for 'taking credit'

Update : 26 Dec 2022, 14:15

American singer Mariah Carey recently lashed out at by co-writer Walter Afanasieff over taking all of the credit for the song All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Walter Afanasieff recently appeared on the Hot Takes & Deep Dives with Jess Rothschild podcast, in which he revealed how he and Carey co-created the song after collaborating on her 1993 album Music Box. Revealing more details about the. same,  Walter claimed that while originally they were on the same page about the song, 10 years ago, there was suddenly an "alternate story" being told.

Mariah has claimed for years that she wrote the song as a child on her Casio keyboard one lonely Christmas night, but her former collaborator Walter Afanasieff says that this is untrue.

“She doesn’t know chord changes and music theory or anything like that. She doesn’t know a diminished chord from a minor seventh chord to a major seventh chord”, says Grammy-winning producer Walter Afanasieff.

Mariah Carey first released her now-classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' all the way back in 1994 and it has gone on to become a true holiday staple.

Earlier in 2017, Mariah alleged she began writing the Christmas as a child on a keyboard, however, Walter, shared that it would have been impossible for the singer to write by herself.

During the interview, Walter pointed out, “So, to claim that she wrote a very complicated chord-structured song with her finger on a Casio keyboard when she was a little girl, it’s kind of a tall tale.”

"When she started to hint at the fact that, ‘Oh, I wrote that song when I was a little girl!’ But why weren’t you saying that for 12 or 13 or 15 years prior to that? So, it just sort of developed in her mind,” explained the 64-year-old.

Walter disclosed that Mariah “did not play any instruments at the time the song was written and they had both been on the same page about who wrote the song until a decade ago”.

For the unversed, All I Want For Christmas Is You was released in 1994 and since then, considered as one of the most memorable “Christmas-themed pop songs of all time”.

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