Mariah Carey has been locked out of the title’s exclusive trademark, ‘Queen of Christmas’, by festive singer Elizabeth Chan in a historic victory.
All I Want For Christmas Is You singer Carey, 52, filed to trademark the phrase in March 2021, a move that angered festive singers Chan, 42, and Darlene Love, 81. , and the former headed to court in an attempt to block Carey.
On Tuesday, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Carey’s attempt to trademark ‘Queen of Christmas’. It also rejected and denied Carey’s simultaneous attempts to register the trademarks ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’.
The It’s Like That singer had he requested the exclusive right to use the titles in everything from music, perfume, sunglasses, and even coconut milk, in perpetuity and throughout the world.
Holiday singers: Holiday singer Elizabeth Chan (right) blocked Mariah Carey (left) from exclusively registering the title, ‘Queen of Christmas’, in a historic victory
Chan said, “Christmas is a season of giving, not a season of receiving, and it is wrong for an individual to try to own and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the purposes of abject materialism.”
“As an independent artist and small business owner, my life’s work is bringing people together for the holiday season, which is why I came to be called the Queen of Christmas.
I wear that title as a badge of honor and with full knowledge that it will be, and should be, bestowed on others in the future.
“My goal in going into this fight was to stand up to the intimidation characteristic of not only protecting myself, but also protecting the future Queens of Christmas.”
So: It’s become customary for Carey to promote her mid-’90s studio album during the last two months of the year, and she’s been informally dubbed the “Queen of Christmas.”
Louis Tompros, who led the legal team representing Chan, said: “This was a classic case of trademark bullying.” We are pleased with the win and delighted to have been able to help Elizabeth fight Carey’s excessive trademark registrations.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Mariah Carey for comment.
The application in which Carey requested to secure the exclusive use of ‘Queen Of Christmas’ along with ‘QOC’, ‘Princess of Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Princess’ was made public on July 12.
It has become customary for Carey to promote her mid-’90s studio album, Merry Christmas, during the last two months of the year.
The lead single is ubiquitous during the holiday season, as fans push it back to the top of the music charts year after year.
Her seemingly inextricable association with the holiday has earned her the informal title Queen of Christmas.
Uh-oh! On Tuesday, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Carey’s attempt to trademark ‘Queen of Christmas’. It also rejected and denied Carey’s simultaneous attempts to register the ‘Princess Christmas’ and ‘QOC’ trademarks (pictured in 2013)
Last year, just days before the holidays, the chart-topping song had more than 81 million streams and was downloaded around 14,800 times, according to Billboard.
When Elizabeth Chan was profiled by the New Yorker in 2018, they used the headline: ‘The Queen of Christmas’, and she was described as ‘the most successful, and perhaps the only, full-time singer-slash-Christmas songwriter of USA’.
Had Carey been If you had been successful in filing your brand, you could have sued someone for knitting and selling a Christmas Queen sweater or asked a radio station or any media outlet to stop labeling anyone else as the Christmas queen.
The star would have been given the right to request licensing fees and royalties from anyone who had attempted to use Queen of Christmas across hundreds of categories of goods and services in perpetuity.
Mariah’s March 2021 request made public challenged her December 2021 claim that she believes the title ‘Queen of Christmas’ should be bestowed on the Virgin Mary.
Speaking on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Mariah insisted that she never chose the holiday moniker, explaining: “Those were other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t think of myself as that.”
Don’t have it! Mariah’s move had left party singers furious Darlene Love, 81 (pictured: Darlene in 2018)
Oh! In August, Love took to Facebook, where she told Mariah Carey to call her lawyer.
‘I’m someone who loves Christmas, who was blessed to write All I Want for Christmas is You. And many other Christmas songs. And let’s face it, you know, everyone’s faith is what it is. But for me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas.
Mariah also revealed that her all-time favorite Christmas song is Donny Hathaway’s This Christmas, when asked which one she would choose.
She said, ‘Oh, I could have picked one of my own, but that’s one of the best, of all, of the best!’
In August, Darlene Love took to Facebook, where she asked, “Is it true that Mariah Carey brands ‘Christmas Queen’? What does that mean I can’t use that title?”
‘David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before he released ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and at 81 I will NOT change a thing.
‘I’ve been in the business for 52 years, I’ve earned it and I can still hit those grades! If Mariah has a problem she calls David or my lawyer!!’
In addition to Chan and Love, there’s also Brenda Lee, who recorded several Christmas songs in the late ’50s and ’60s.
His iconic 1958 recording of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ has peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for the past three consecutive years.
Virgin Mary only? Mariah insisted that she never chose the holiday moniker, explaining, “Those were other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t think of myself as that.”