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Mariah Carey's first Christmas album has racked up a few interesting distinctions and the season isn't even over yet.

The RIAA has awarded Mariah 5 new platinum certifications this year: 

The album, Merry Christmas (1994), has been awarded its 9th platinum certification, denoting 9 million units in the United States. It becomes Mariah's 4th most successful album, tying her debut album Mariah Carey (1990) which is also 9x platinum. Mariah is poised to join Shania Twain and Whitney Houston with 3 diamond albums. It should be noted that her debut album, Mariah Carey (1990) has not been recertified since 1999, almost 25 years ago. With Merry Christmas likely to go diamond either next year or the year after, she could be in contention to have 4 diamond albums, which would incidentally make her the female artist with the most. Merry Christmas stands at over 15 million in certified worldwide sales.

The single, All I Want For Christmas is You, has picked up 2 platinum certifications this year, bringing its certified US total to over 14 million copies. In addition to being Mariah's 19th BBH100 #1 hit, it now ties Lorde's 'Royals' as the highest certified song by a lead female artist in RIAA history (each 14x).

Chart wise, though it did lose its distinction as the only holiday record to go #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" took it this past week, and is expected to lose it again this week, AIWFCIY is expected to virtually tie RATCT for #1 this upcoming week and possibly take it, and it is expected to take the #1 spot for the tracking week ending in 23rd due to the songs widening gap on streaming services. With 3 or 4 more weeks that could be added to the song's 12 week non-consecutive run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it'll put Mariah in a very unique position next year to recapture an old record she'd previously held for over 20 years. The current holder for the longest running Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit is Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" at 19 weeks. If AIWFCIY can add 3 or 4 more weeks this season, and end it with with 15 or 16 weeks at #1, it puts the song in position to either tie or break the record set by 'OTR' in 2024. All I Want for Christmas is You stands at 26.2 million in certified worldwide sales. 

Mariah also adds two new platinum records to her catalogue: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" / "Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)" and "O Holy Night" which have both now been certified platinum by the RIAA. Mariah now has 27 songs and singles that have sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in the United States. Mariah also now possesses 66 platinum certifications and 11 gold certifications over all in the United States, and over 75 million in album certifications (74 million in platinum albums, 1.5 million in gold) widening her record as the best selling certified female artist in the United States. (Barbra Streisand is #2, Madonna is #3, Whitney Houston is #4, Celine Dion is #5, Taylor Swift is #6, Shania Twain is #7, Reba Mcentire is #8, Britney Spears is #9, and Beyonce is #10) 

The Merry Christmas Era with the album, the singles and the other charting songs have now generated 45 million in global certified sales 

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