Beautiful, talented, a true survivor and the possessor of a voice that can explode a plum pudding, pop a cracker and power Santa’s sleigh with magic all at the same time, Mariah is the true meaning of Christmas.
Her sparkling line-up of guest superstars includes Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris.
I didn’t even used to like All I Want For Christmas is You, but eventually I had to succumb to her glorious festive power and accept that she is actually all I want for Christmas, especially now I’ve realised that 2.55 Chanel handbag is never going to be forthcoming in my stocking.
And though people are already trying to combat 2020 ennui by bringing Christmas forward, the festive season can’t possibly officially start until Friday 4 December, when Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special debuts globally on Apple TV+.
Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.
Watch the teaser trailer below (don’t worry, you’ve got time):
The soundtrack single and new music video for Oh Santa!, co-written by and featuring Carey performing with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms on 4 December.
The companion soundtrack to the special is full of brand new interpretations, and will also include Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri as additional musical guests, in addition to a new version of Sleigh Ride. The soundtrack will be available exclusively on Apple Music on 4 December and on all other platforms on 11 December.
Apple Music will also celebrate the release of the Apple TV+ Special in an exclusive interview with flagship anchor Zane Lowe on 7 December, where Mariah runs through her personally curated playlist of favourite holiday songs, and talks about her new music and recent memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
Then on Christmas Day Mariah will also appear on Apple Music Hits, Apple Music’s new radio station, for a six hour Holiday Hits special, featuring the biggest festive songs, introducing All I Want For Christmas Is You and telling fans about her own holiday memories, with additional artists and hosts sharing their own Christmas messages.