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Why It Took 25 Years For Mariah Carey's Christmas Banger To Hit Number One

Make her wish come true.

After 25 years of being the soundtrack to everybody’s Christmas, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You has hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 – the first holiday track to take the position since “The Chipmunk Song” in 1958-59. Frankly it deserved to be there from the day it was dropped in 1994, so why did it take so long?

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When the song was first released, it wasn’t a commercially-available single and therefore was ineligible to chart according to the rules that were in place at the time. It did manage to reach number 12 on the Radio Songs chart that year, so it’s not like it was totally ignored, either. 

Since then, rules have had to change. The way we listen to music these days is just a tad different from the way we listened to music in 1994, after all. In 1998, the rule banning noncommercial singles was lifted, and All I Want For Christmas Is You hit the Top 100 for the first time. It spent a week at 83 in January, 2000.

In 2012, streaming was added as a criteria to consider when assessing the Top 100, and older songs were allowed to be counted if they made a comeback for whatever reason – for example, Christmas. Ever since then, All I Want For Christmas Is You has hit the Top 100 every single year.

In 2017 it entered the top 10 for the first time and hit number nine on the chart. In 2018 it hit number three, before finally taking the crown this year. 

While this is obviously a pretty amazing achievement for Mariah, she’s sitting on the cusp of some even bigger ones. 

All I Want for Christmas Is You is Mariah’s 19th number one hit. The only artists with more number one songs than her are the Beatles – who have 20 – so she’s right on the cusp of equalling their record.

This number one also means that Mariah has had a number 1 in the ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s. Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Usher also Nobody has ever had a number one in four decades, so if All I Want For Christmas Is You can cling on until January, Mariah will be the first person to have a number one in four different decades.

So pop it on, sing all of the words (because I know you know them all), and all hail our new Queen, Mariah Carey.

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Your Douchey Instagram Captions Can Now Cop You A Warning

Stopping awful posts before they ever get sent.

Cyberbullying is one of those problems that has always seemed to be a step ahead of the people trying to stop it, but a new anti-bullying feature from Instagram is aiming to stop harmful posts before they ever get sent. 

The feature is called feed caption warning, and it takes a look at the caption on a photo or video while the post is still in the editing phase. If you try to post a caption that is similar to captions that have been flagged as offensive before, and AI will notice and you’ll get a pop up asking you to reconsider what you’ve written. 

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You can still post it anyway, but the results from the testing phase have been encouraging, and show that people will generally change their caption if prompted.

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a similar feature that monitored what was posted in the comments sections of posts. They also announced that they were testing a feature called Restrict, which would stop restricted people’s comments being displayed to everyone unless approved.

This is what we’re trying to avoid

Cyberbullying in Australia is a serious issue, and it’s not just on Instagram. About one in four Australian students between years four and nine reported being bullied frequently. On top of that, 84% of students who were bullied online were bullied face to face as well. 

It’s a problem that’s on the rise as well, with the reported accounts of cyberbullying doubling between 2017 and 2018. 

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While the numbers are grim, innovations like this are a key step in tackling the problem. We’ll never make any progress if we don’t start somewhere, and if the testing is any indication, feed caption warning could be a major triumph once it’s rolled out around the globe.

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