Mariah Carey was inspired to write a musical based around her album MERRY CHRISTMAS because she's still amazed when people play the 1994 disc's hit song ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS each year.

The 35-year-old singer, who last week (ends27MAY05) became the most successful female artist in American chart history when her song WE BELONG TOGETHER was her 16th single to hit the US top spot, has been working on a festive musical for years.

And Carey hopes to have the production ready for Christmas 2006.

She says, "Every year when I hear All I Want For Christmas Is You, I'm like, 'Wow, this is a song that people really play every year at Christmas time.' And I wrote it and it's just a great feeling.

"So the musical is inspired by all the original material and some of the covers from the album Merry Christmas and I'm looking forward to it.

"I've had a few meetings about it and put some preliminary things together. It's probably not going to be able to happen for this year (05) but we are really, really focusing on it now."

02/06/2005 11:06