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When it comes to the modern era of holiday music, Mariah Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas is You" is about as close to a "standard" as you can get. It's become a staple that also hit the mark of the most-downloaded holiday single, and like all the songbook standards, it's been covered by a host of artists including Michael Bublé, Bowling for Soup, Lindsey Stirling and Idina Menzel among many others. It's also inspired a film and the success of the song led to further holiday albums in recent years. Now Carey is getting the Funko treatment, coming to life as a part of the Pop! Rocks line and her first figure is based upon her look on the cover of the album that spawned the hit - Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas. The Mariah Carey Funko Pop! Vinyl figure is available now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

As we fast-approach the holiday season, more news is rolling in on 2017's fresh batch of seasonal cheer, and one big piece is the debut of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You. Based on Mariah's 1994 song and the book that it inspired, All I Want for Christmas is You is an all-new animated feature  that follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true. The film comes home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment. Check out the first trailer below!

benfoldsSeptember 11, 2001 was a Tuesday - the day that new releases traditionally hit the streets for public consumption. It also happened to be a massive day for new music releases in what should've been the kick-off for the high-profile Fall Release season at a time when the music industry was seeing record sales numbers just prior to the collapse of the physical market and the shift to the digital realm. Among the high-profile releases for 9/11 were JAY-Z's THE BLUEPRINT,  BOB DYLAN's acclaimed LOVE AND THEFT album, NICKELBACK's SILVER SIDE UP, P.O.D.'s SATELLITE, and SOIL's major label debut, SCARS. These are just a few of the many records to arrive on that fateful day - but a handful of titles also contained eerie elements that are still haunting a decade later.

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