Aussie bar owner has banned Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
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It's not just the Christmas tree that is getting lit this year, because the team down at a Sydney bar is getting into the festive season of giving with a holiday hoedown.
While there will be plenty of fun to be had at Jolene's, there will be one big thing that absolutely won't be present.
Bar owner Simon Rose-Hopkins told The Daily Telegraph: "We've got a Country Christmas playlist, but we won't be playing Mariah."
Yep, so if you're a fan of Carey's warbling classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', then we regret to inform you that the country and western watering hole will be a Mariah-free zone.
That being said, the Christmas cheer is well and truly here at Jolene’s.
"We are doing Christmas on steroids," Rose-Hopkins said.
"We've got lights, reindeers, Christmas trees and Christmas cocktails like a Gingerbread Manhattan and a Pavlova Christmas slushie."
But, guess what else is also missing under Jolene's mistletoe this year? Michael Bublé.
That's right, there will be zero clichéd Christmas crap to be found at all at Jolene's.
But that doesn’t mean that Rose-Hopkins is a Grinch.
Instead, the bar will opt for covers by classic country artists like Lee Kernaghan, who has a western cover of 'Jingle Bell Rock', Blake Shelton’s tune 'Two Step ‘Round the Christmas Tree', and of course, Dolly Parton’s 'A Smokey Mountain Christmas'.
Parton did write the song the bar is named for, after all.
So far, there have been no Navidad naysayers descending on the bar in Sydney's CBD, with the owner revealing they have received precisely zero complaints over their Christmas bop ban.
"We get a lot of retailer workers coming in after their stores close and say thank you because they are so over hearing the traditional retail Christmas music," Rose-Hopkins told The Daily Telegraph.
He added that the bad music boycott has 'been met with giggles and admiration'.
Despite Jolene's refusal to partake in a clichéd Christmas, Mariah Carey is still sitting on top with the classic tune.
The song, originally released in 1994, returned to the UK charts last week, as per Official Charts and is now sitting at number one.
It is also placed at number three on the Australian ARIA charts, which just goes to show that there are Aussies out there that still enjoy the Christmas classic.
Research indicates Carey earns about $2.5 million per year for 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'.
The study also said the artist had earned $60 million by 2016 from the song that released more than two decades earlier.
If the song is just as successful this holiday season, Carey could be looking at a staggering $75 million from just that one Christmas classic.
So, we're pretty sure that the Grammy Award winner will be fine if she’s copped a Christmas ban from a bar Down Under for the holiday season.