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Mariah Carey Releases New Christmas CD 

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey's second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, hits stores on Tuesday.

She says she was "trying to bring it up a couple notches" with the new record, which includes her imaginative rearrangements of holiday classics, some brand-new songs, and an "extra-festive" new version of her smash hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You."  Carey's mom Patricia, an opera singer, even makes a cameo appearance.

The first single, "Oh Santa!," is currently number one on the Billboard holiday songs chart.

The singer says that in making Merry Christmas II You, "I was really inspired by Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole...we wanted to make some of the ballads feel like the way those songs...make you feel, 'OK, this is a beautiful Christmas moment.'  So it was all about doing that, and keeping it festive and young and timeless at the same time."

Carey will promote her new album with an ABC Christmas special airing Dec. 13.  Called Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You, it'll feature her singing the music from the new album, and helping make Christmas wishes come true for some "very special fans."  The special will shoot in Los Angeles on Nov 6.

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