No word on a local release for this at the moment, but SonyBMG in the UK has decided to milk former signing Mariah Carey for all she’s worth this Christmas by releasing ‘The Ballads’ compilation. There are some startlingly good Mariah moments here, from the Boyz II Men collaboration ‘One Sweet Day’ to her Nillson cover ‘Without You’, the classic ‘Hero’ and one of our personal faves ‘Anytime You Need A Friend’. But we can’t for the life of us work out why in the world they chose to tack the up-tempo Christmas ditty ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ on the end. Message to SonyBMG UK – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is not a ballad. If you HAD to take a Christmas track from Mariah’s ‘Merry Christmas’ album for a ballads compilation, why not make it (and here comes the stroke of genius on our part…) a ballad!? Tacking ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ on the end of a ballads compilation is like tacking Britney Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’ on the end of a Blink 182 record. Enough said.