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Whether you like it or not, it's time to whip out the twinkle lights and nativity scenes, y'all! Thanks to Justin Bieber and his BFF Usher, X-Mas is here in a BIG way. Justin Bieber's Christmas extravaganza album Under The Mistletoe isn't even officially out yet, but it's basically driving the entire world our whole office crazy with anticipation. We've already lost it for Justin's "Mistletoe" video, and today we're completely overcome by holiday cheer thanks to Justin and Usher's duet, "The Christmas Song" (you know, the old-timey ballad about chestnuts and open fires and stuff).
Made famous in 1946 by legend Nat King Cole, "The Christmas Song" has been rerecorded countless times by such greats as Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. But we have a sneaky suspicion that Justin and Usher's sparkly R&B/pop take on the old standard will become an American insta-classic (or at least No. 1 on iTunes, duh). The song begins with Justin's pitch-perfect vocals adding some impressive riffs to the song's famous opening line: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire/Jack Frost nipping at your nose/Yuletide carols being sung by a choir/And folks dressed up like Eskimos." Usher infuses the pre-chorus with his R&B croon until the two join together in perfect holiday-swag harmony: "And so I'm offering this simple phrase/To kids from one to 92/Although it's been said many times, many ways/Merry Christmas to you." Look, I may be Jewish, but this holiday jam is THA TRUTH!
+ Listen to Justin Bieber and Usher's "The Christmas Song."