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ASCAP’s Xmas No. 1: Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’

In what may be a late-breaking contender for the least shocking news of 2020, this year’s most-played holiday song so far is, per ASCAP, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” the single that finally went to No. 1 on the pop charts last year after 25 years in wait. Carey recorded a video message in celebration of the ASCAP honor (see below).

If that seems like something that happens every year, though, think again: When ASCAP released its annual rankings last year at this time, “All I Want for Christmas” was all the way down at No. 3. Last year’s topper? “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” penned in 1951 by Meredith Willson, of “The Music Man” fame. (ASCAP’s lists are tallied by the song itself, not by performer, so multiple versions of the Willson chestnut would have figured into its ranking.)

This year, “It’s

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House Democrats Voted On Best Christmas Movie, And No One Agrees

The best Christmas movie is, obviously, The Muppet Christmas Carol, followed by Gremlins. (Gremlins is a better movie overall, but it’s a year-round masterpiece; Michael Caine-as-Scrooge dancing with the Ghost of Christmas Present hits differently in December, y’know?) But “Marley and Marley” was nowhere to be found during a practice vote among House Democrats on Thursday. If you want to use this as an example of everything wrong with the Democratic Party, I will not disagree.

“House Democrats voted today on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections, per a person familiar,” Natalie Andrews, the Wall Street Journal‘s Congress reporter, tweeted. “Choices: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street.” And what did they pick? Miracle on 34th Street, presumably the black-and-white version from 1947, not the 1994 version

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TV Ratings: ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ Tops ‘Masked Singer’

“The Masked Singer” and “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” went head-to-head on Wednesday night, with the NBC festive event coming out on top in the total viewers column.

A total of 7.1 million viewers tuned in to the special, which featured the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dolly Parton and Jimmy Fallon. Meanwhile 6.4 million viewers watched the “Masked Singer” triple elimination semi final. In terms of the 18-49 demographic on the other hand, “Masked Singer” was a comfortable winner, scoring a 1.6 to the special’s 1.1.

“Black-ish” and “For Life” sank to series lows over on ABC, with the former ticking down to a 0.4 rating and 2.2 million viewers, and the latter falling to a 0.3 and 1.9 million. “The Conners” dipped to a 0.6 and 3.5 million pairs of eyeballs. “The Goldbergs” and “American Housewife” were the two parts of ABC’s lineup which

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‘Christmas Carol’ Movie With Carey Mulligan Coming to U.S. Theaters

CineLife Entertainment is handling the U.S. release of a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” with a British voice cast including Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Simon Russell Beale and Andy Serkis.

The film has been scheduled for more than 200 U.S. locations and will begin opening Dec. 4. through January. This retelling of the classic Christmas tale follows a Victorian family as they prepare a toy theater for their annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” with real dancers and stylized sets, with spoken narration.

The dance performances are led by former Royal Ballet first soloist and BalletBoyz founder Michael Nunn as Scrooge, Jakub Franasowicz, Russell Maliphant, Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Mikey Boats, Grace Jabbari and Dana Fouras. The UK release began in mid-November.

Made in association with Quickfire, Saboteur Media, Radioaktive Films, Darko Skulsky, Jane Yatsuta, Laurence Gornall, Anne Sheehan, Angus Neill and Clare Lee Davis serve

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Watch: Carly Rae Jepsen shares ‘It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries’ video

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Carly Rae Jepsen is back with a new music video.

The 35-year-old singer released a playful video Wednesday for her holiday single “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries.”

The video shows the song’s lyrics play out at a family Christmas celebration, including Jepsen’s vegan boyfriend being fed fish and grandpa accidentally eating weed gummies.

“Well, it’s not Christmas ’til somebody / Breaks into an argument / Ooh, I used to fight it / We get emotional too / I won’t deny it / I used to hide in my room but now I like it / ‘Cause it’s not Christmas ’til somebody cries,” Jepsen sings.

Jepsen previously said the song pokes fun at the expectation versus reality of Christmas gatherings.

“I love the old fashioned movies and the family traditions and the excitement of gifting presents and decorating the tree and and and.. my list is

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The Star of Lifetime’s New Christmas Movie on Filming a Kiss Scene Through Plexiglass



a man and a woman sitting on a bicycle: Love in the time of corona. Lifetime


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Love in the time of corona. Lifetime

Every corny Christmas rom-com must check off a list of must-haves: a heroine with an extremely charming job, a romantic scene where it begins lightly snowing, a conflict that can be ironed out as easily as a wool sweater, and to cap it off … a kiss through plexiglass? That last item is a new addition to this Yuletide canon, but Lifetime’s Christmas Ever After, which premieres on Sunday, dared to do a test run.

To investigate exactly how one creates the illusion of a butterfly-inducing lip-lock while separated by a plate of glass, we spoke to the movie’s star, Tony winner Ali Stroker, about what the shoot in Canada was like, how they cleaned the glass between takes, and more. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Slate: So what was it like to briefly

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This Daft Punk-Mariah Carey Christmas Mashup Is Perfectly Weird

It’s December, which means we’re headed towards the 2020 finish line. Feels good, right? We’re pretty ready for this garbage year to be over. And luckily, we have the holiday season left to usher us into 2021. We’re all about making this holiday season as joyful as possible. Because we deserve it. That can mean different things to different people depending on how they celebrate. For some, it may mean indulging in the silliest things the holiday season has to offer. Like this mashup of Daft Punk and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

The mashup was created by Media Matters editor-at-large Parker Molloy and posted to Twitter. (We first heard it thanks to BoingBoing.) It’s… certainly interesting. I mean, let’s face it. We’ve heard just about every iteration of this Mariah Carey classic at this point. But this one, with it’s strange vibrations and robot

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Watch Carrie Underwood and John Legend sing ‘Hallelujah’ in My Gift Christmas special clip

If you never anticipated a collaboration between Carrie Underwood and John Legend, you’re not alone.



John Legend sitting on a stage: Watch country star Carrie Underwood sing 'Hallelujah' with John Legend in this clip from her Christmas special 'My Gift,' and find out what to expect from the festive show.


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Watch country star Carrie Underwood sing ‘Hallelujah’ with John Legend in this clip from her Christmas special ‘My Gift,’ and find out what to expect from the festive show.

Discussing her performance of “Hallelujah” with the R&B star in her upcoming HBO Max Christmas special My Gift, as seen in the exclusive clip above, Underwood jokingly tells EW, “I don’t know if people would have thought, ‘Hey, Carrie and John, sing together,’ but it works so well.”

As Underwood sees it, the key to their success as duet partners is that “we’re both singers, and we really get into what we are singing, what we’re communicating. It’s just such a beautiful song. I’m so glad they sent it to me and he sang it with me, and I’ve had

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Look: Robert ‘Memphis’ Garrett, Christmas Abbott dating, go Instagram official

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Big Brother alums Robert “Memphis” Garrett and Christmas Abbott are going public with their relationship.

The Season 22 stars confirmed they’re dating Tuesday by making their relationship Instagram official.

Garrett and Abbott got close in a selfie on Garrett’s account.

“Sometime people come into your life and you know they just belong. We tried to fight it but fate had its own plan. Excited for the future,” he captioned the post.

Abbott posted the same photo and other pictures from their relationship on her own account.

“Love is not found, it’s built. @memphisgarrett,” she wrote. “(I promise it wasn’t a kiss) #2020 #unexpected.”

Fellow Big Brother alums Meg Maley and Kaycee Clark were among those to celebrate the news in the comments.

“I mean… this made me squeal! Congrats you two!” Maley wrote.

“Oooo congratulations to you two! See you guys in a couple days!” Clark

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Chris Columbus takes us inside The Christmas Chronicles 2 magical musical moment

If you’re not feeling the spirit of Christmas, the Christmas Chronicles 2 has just the fix for you — namely, a song titled “Spirit of Christmas.”

Yes, 71 minutes into the sequel to 2018’s delightful festive romp starring Kurt Russell as the man in the red suit himself and  Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, the whole movie takes an even more magical turn (it’s possible!), when Santa bursts into song and dance accompanied by an exasperated airport attendant, played by Christmas icon herself, Darlene Love.

While traveling back to 1990 (it’s a whole thing, involving a mischievous former elf), Santa realizes he needs to crank up some Christmas spirit if he’s going to get his reindeer off the ground — it’s what makes them fly. So with the help of Love (whose character is being surrounded by angry airport dwellers whose flights have been cancelled), Santa manages to bring the

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