Mariah Carey’s “Magical Christmas Special,” which premiered on Apple TV+ earlier this month, has proven to be so popular that Apple is reportedly discussing a 2021 follow-up with the singer.
The Sun reports that the $5.4 million holiday-themed show hit number one on Apple charts in 100+ countries, proving to be such a hit that Apple executives are dangling the possibility of an “unlimited” budget to entice her to produce a sequel for next Christmas.
“No one could have predicted its success and it went to No1 in their charts in over 100 countries,” an insider told the British paper. “Bosses at Apple now want to secure her for another special show next year. Mariah’s team are, of course, completely behind it and everyone is going to do what they can to make it happen.
“They spent over £4million on this year’s show but next year this could go even higher. Apple know the worth of Mariah and are willing to splash the cash to make a follow-up even bigger and better.”
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special debuted on Apple TV+ on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Carey’s iconic No. 1 holiday anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
The special features Carey and a star-studded lineup of surprise guest appearances, in “a magical holiday journey to enliven the Christmas spirit around the world.”
The special combines music, dancing, and animation driven by “a universally heartwarming story that brings the world together.” (No official word as yet on whether or not that goal was met.)
Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special features a variety of celebrity guests, including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris.