Mariah Carey Isn't the 'Queen of Christmas,' According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Here's Who Else Is Coming for the Crown. The pop star applied for rights to the title in March 2021, hoping to market a line of products with it.

By Amanda Breen

entrepreneur daily
CBS Photo Archive | Getty Images

Mariah Carey's 1994 hit single "All I Want for Christmas Is You" signals the start of the Christmas season for many — earning her near-royal holiday status over the years.

But the pop star's bid to officially claim her "Queen of Christmas" title was dismissed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 15, TODAY reported, after two other singers challenged Carey's claim to the throne.

Related: A Shark-Tank Backed Christmas Entrepreneur's Tips for Pitching and Staying Calm

Billboard dubbed Carey's modern Christmas hit "the biggest song in the world" last season, as it topped both the Billboard Global 200 and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. on December 25.

According to U.S. Patent and Trademark records, Carey applied for rights to the title in March 2021, hoping to market perfume, clothing, footwear and beverages with it.

But when the application was made public in July 2022, Darlene Love, known for her 1963 hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and Elizabeth Chan, also a Christmas singer-songwriter, weren't happy.

Related: Watch Who Shows Up on 'All I Want For Christmas' All-Star Carpool Karoake

"Christmas has come way before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth," Chan told Variety. "And 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."

Amanda Breen

Entrepreneur Staff

Features Writer

Amanda Breen is a features writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received an MFA in writing at Columbia University, where she was a news fellow for the School of the Arts.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics

Living

The CEO of Catholic Prayer and Meditation App Hallow Says Founders Need to Be Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves

On this episode of "The CEO Series," learn about the soulful journey of Hallow's CEO and founder Alex Jones.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Business Solutions

Get More Done with ChatGPT for Just $20

This ChatGPT course can help you streamline your business.

Growing a Business

Lifetime Access to Business Advice with This AI-Powered Service is Just $29.99

With Consultio Pro, you'll find expertise on topics like data analysis, financial analysis, innovation management, and so much more.

Thought Leaders

10 Simple, Productive Activities You Can Do When You Aren't Motivated to Work

Quick note: This article is birthed out of the urge to do something productive when I am not in a working mood. It can also inspire you on simple yet productive things to do when you're not motivated to work.