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She’s the woman behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory including “Dynamite” (Taio Cruz), “Hold It Against Me” (Britney Spears) and multiple tracks for Katy Perry such as “Roar” and “Teenage Dream.” However, Bonnie McKee hasn’t been able to create the same magic for herself. After “American Girl” failed to deliver last year, LA Reid dropped her from Epic Records.

The 30-year-old singer/songwriter isn’t letting that hiccup stop her from a career in front of the camera. She just released an original holiday track with an accompanying video. A little late in the game, but better late than never.

Not surprisingly, “California Winter” is a cheerful festive tune with a catchy hook. Girlfriend is the master of that. Dare I say, it’s heaps better than Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me.” Check out the fun clip below which was filmed in just one shot and features some hunky shirtless male eye candy.

watch the video after the jump

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One would think, that when one is performing in a televised Christmas special, that one would sing one’s new holiday track. That’s what conventional wisdom would dictate, right?

For some reason though, Ariana Grande covered Wham’s classic “Last Christmas” and sang “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” instead? Has she given up on “Santa Tell Me?” Or perhaps Michael Buble or some other forces wouldn’t let her sing her original track? Who knows? Truthfully though, I’m kinda glad she didn’t because I love “Last Christmas” and girlfriend did a solid job with it.

However, her ensemble was another thing. How hella short was that micro mini skirt? Especially for the very family friendly Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York. Thankfully, Grande opted for a more appropriate and stunning red dress for her duet with Buble. Check out both performances below which aired last night on NBC.

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It appears that Beyonce has started another trend ie. “7/11.” Like Queen Bey, Ariana Grande recruits her backup dancers and friends for a low budget, seemingly caz, music video. The 21-year-old chanteuse has a good ole sleepover complete with those plush animal hats and festive clothing.

With only days before Christmas, I was wondering if Grande was ever going to release a visual for the holiday track. She’s definitely cutting close. I suppose with her busy schedule, this informal quick and dirty clip was a good route to go. Overall, it’s nice to see a more casual side of Grande. I especially like the last two minutes of blooper and outtakes.

Watch her new clip below and see how mini Mimi’s Yuletide clip compares to Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” visual.

watch the clip after the jump

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First off, congratulations to Sam Smith. The “Stay With Me” singer scored six Grammy nominations for his debut album, leading the pack along with Beyonce who also notched the same amount. I’d be shocked if he didn’t walk away with multiple statues come February 8, 2015.

Echoing the same vibe found on several tracks on In The Lonely Hour, Smith gives “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas” his signature touch. The holiday classic was made famous in the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis by Judy Garland. She would be proud of his cover. Get in the holiday spirit and check out his version below.

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At least that’s what I think they’re saying. It’s not exactly like I speak their language.

The adorable yellow characters from the Despicable Me spin-off get in the holiday spirit by showing off their caroling skills and human pyramid prowess. They form a gigantic tree at the conclusion of the yuletide clip. They’re so freaking cute.

Minions hits theaters on July 10, 2015. It features the voices of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Steve Carell among others. Check out their gibberish-filled holiday greeting below.

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I’m sure not even Mariah Carey could’ve have predicted the success of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when she recorded it back in 1994. It was a definite game-changer and forever changed the standard for modern day Christmas tracks. The Yuletide favorite is so beloved it reenters the Billboard Hot 100 around the holiday season.

Naturally, being that Grande is a mini Mimi, the “Problem” singer had to record her very own X-mas track and get in on that lucrative holiday action. Last year, the 21-year-old released a Christmas EP featuring four songs including a cover of “Last Christmas.” “Santa Tell Me” is her first original Christmas track and it’s pretty good.

Will it match the success of Carey’s classic track? Only time will tell. Check it out below. Like Carey, Grande doesn’t want material things on December 25. She just wants Santa to bring her true love. Awe!!! Be sure to weigh in after listening to it.

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Idina Menzel Releases Trailer For New Christmas Album

In: Donovan, Music
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Idina Menzel releasing a Christmas album might be odd to some. After all, the 43-year-old entertainer’s parents divorced during the holidays and she’s Jewish. When asked about the latter by Time Magazine, she replied, if Babs can do it, so can she.

“Most of them were songs that I’ve always wanted to sing. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a song Whitney Houston sang back in the ‘80s. Her version is incredible. I’ve always loved that song. If Barbra Streisand can make a Christmas album, I can.” – Idina Menzel

Halloween hasn’t passed yet, but Holiday Wishes is already in stores. Even Menzel thinks it’s too early. Clearly her fans agree as well. It’s pacing to sell only around 18-21,000 copies in its first week of release. I don’t blame her label for jumping the gun though. Holiday-themed albums can be quite lucrative. And if done well, can generate revenue every year during the Yuletide season.

Idina takes on such classics like “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to name a few on the festive LP. Michael Buble duets with her on the later. Give the album teaser a listen below. If you love Idina’s voice, this is a must for this Christmas.

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We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

It’s that time of year where most people get out their decoration boxes, start decorating their houses and trees. When you open that box after almost 11 months, one of the most exciting things is breaking out those old Christmas albums (or going out and buying a new one).

I have three Christmas favorites that I simply adore and are staples for me every holiday season. Each one has a special purpose and moment to be played and each one brings back so many memories of past seasons and makes me excited to experience another holiday with my family and friends. Check all three out below!

1. Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas

Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is one of my all time favorites for Christmas music. She uses her exceptional voice to deliver some amazing songs without over singing and making it sound too commercial or annoying. Everyone remembers All I Want For Christmas Is You from the amazing Christmas themed rom-com Love Actually!

Holiday Moment: Blasting on your iPod as you brave the massive crowds searching for those perfect Christmas gifts all bundled up in a coat with gloves and a scarf.

Album highlight & two other Christmas Albums after the jump…

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