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Green Day Gets Festive With Surprise Holiday Track

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Green Day isn’t exactly the first musical act that comes to mind when one mentions holiday tunes. Perhaps after listening to this, the rock band will.

Rather than covering a classic Christmas song, Green Day spreads holiday cheer with an original track titled “Xmas Time Of The Year.” The lyrics maybe somewhat on the traditional side, but the beat is full-on punk. Glad to see that the Billie Joe Armstrong-fronted band stayed true to their signature sound.

Hopefully this is a sign that new music is on the way from Green Day. Their last offering was the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy released back in 2012. Give their holiday track a listen below.

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Hunkappella LA Deliver Sexy Holiday Mashup

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The last final stretch heading into Christmas can be a stressful time. Dealing with the crowds, last minute shopping and juggling an overbooked social schedule, can easily lead to a mini meltdown. Save your sanity by taking a quick timeout to check out this sexy distraction.

Hunkappella LA (how adorkable is that name?) get into the holiday spirit by singing some of your favorite seasonal classics. Not only are they pleasing to your ears, the quintet also serve a tasty treat to your other senses, specifically your eyes. They appear shirtless in several of their Yuletide getups. Watch the cute mashup clip below.

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Ariana Grande Drops Surprise Christmas EP

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I suppose it’s not really that shocking. Ariana Grande loves the holiday season. She released the EP Christmas Kisses back in 2013 and last year, the 22-year-old chanteuse dropped the Yuletide track, “Santa Tell Me.” This year’s offering is a 6-track offering titled Christmas & Chill. Girlfriend needs to release a full length holiday album next time around.

Speaking of albums, still no word on when her long-awaited third studio LP, Moonlight, is coming. “Focus” has already lost its buzz. It’s a bit worrisome that her team hasn’t revealed a new single or release date. Are there problems behind the scenes? In the meantime, check out Christmas & Chill below, which features all original tracks.

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Tis the season for giving and Ellie Goulding is taking that to heart. The 28-year-old singer shows her appreciation to her fans by recording a holiday track and releasing it as a free download.

Goulding definitely has plenty to be thankful for in 2015. She just scored her first-ever Grammy nomination, thanks to her hit “Love Me Like You Do.” Her recent album, Delirium, was both critically and commercially well-received.

Check out her holiday track below. Given her angelic voice, it’s not surprising her rendition of “O Holy Night” is magical and heavenly. Fingers crossed a full-length Christmas album is in her future plans. It would do gangbusters.

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I’m pretty certain in gay households across the land, that’s not the case. This past weekend, I headed to several holiday parties where the Mariah Carey classic played on repeat. No matter how many times it played, everyone ate it up like all those holiday treats.

According to PlayNetwork, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is no longer the most-played song. The company curates the music and entertainment media for more than 400 stores including Urban Outfitters, Levis, Marc Jacobs and Forever 21 to name a few.

After analyzing the data, PlayNetwork reports the Carey classic, which has retained the No. 1 slot for the past 20 years, has released its grip on pole position. Instead, it slips to the runner-up slot. Check out the Top 10 of 2015 below, specifically which festive track is the new queen bee.

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After being relatively out of the spotlight for the past couple of years to take care of her husband, Celine Dion has been popping up everywhere as of late. She delivered an emotional performance in honor of Paris at the American Music Awards and recently paid homage to Frank Sinatra for Grammy’s all-star tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. To all this, I say welcome back Celine. You’ve been missed.

The 47-year-old Canadian chanteuse dazzled during Michael Buble’s annual Christmas special. She gave a gorgeous rendition of “O Holy Night” and then joined Buble to give a rousing cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” Her signature powerful vocals were on display for both numbers. Check them both out below.

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Forget Donner, Blitzen and those other bitches. They have nothing on RuPaul’s reindeers. Alyssa Edwards, Laganja Estranja, and Shangela guide the drag superstar’s sleigh this Christmas.

In the latest promo for RuPaul’s Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas, the three ladies make a cameo during Ru and Todrick Hall’s duet “Deck The Halls.” As with the previous clips, a campy jolly good time is had by all.

I definitely plan on recording the special, airing on LOGO, December 13. It’ll be the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday, wrapping gifts and other holiday tasks.

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The gay gods have been really generous this holiday season with regards to Christmas albums. Kylie Minogue, RuPaul and her Drag Race alums are just a few who have dropped Yuletide offerings. LGBT ally Cyndi Lauper enters the game by covering an equally beloved gay icon- the one and only Dolly Parton.

The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer covers Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.” Though it has a festive title, technically it’s not a holiday song. Dolly recorded it for her 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas co-starring Burt Reynolds.

Lauper’s cover is off her forthcoming country album Detour, which is filled with her renditions of classic country tracks from the 1950s and 1960s. Before you comment, I’m also a bit puzzled how this 80s track got included. Whatever. I love Lauper and Parton, so I’m all over this.

Cyndi reveals to Rolling Stone the idea to cover this track came from a Nashville hotel where she was staying at. “What Would Dolly Do?” was written above the room’s artwork. Check out her Parton homage below.

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