Apple TV+ Nov. 18 announced that the upcoming “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will debut Dec. 4 on the SVOD platform. The exclusive will launch with a companion soundtrack and new single, “Oh Santa!”
Guest superstars appearing on the special include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.
“Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” is executive produced by Carey, as well as Ian Stewart, Raj Kapoor and Ashley Edens for Done + Dusted. BAFTA Award winner Hamish Hamilton and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Roman Coppola direct, and also serve as executive producers, and the special is written by Caroline Fox.
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 will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms Dec. 4. 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 Dec. 4 exclusively on Apple Music, and all other platforms on Dec. 11.
Apple Music will release the Apple TV+ special in an exclusive interview with flagship anchor Zane Lowe on Dec. 7, where Carey runs through her personally curated playlist of favorite holiday songs, and talks about her new music and recent memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.” Then on Dec. 25, Carey 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, including “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.
The holiday event will premiere globally on Apple TV+, which claims to have set records as the only new streaming service to launch globally in over 100 countries, and to have been honored with 122 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in its first year.