Mariah will help get you ready for holidays

Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.

Beyonce will release a DVD from her "I Am ..." tour, later this month.

Beyonce will release a DVD from her "I Am ..." tour, later this month.

By Joe Friar

Mariah Carey makes me shift gears to holiday mode!"

"All I Want For Christmas Is You," that song by Mariah Carey, is THE song that officially puts me in holiday mode. It's a great pop song that no matter what you're doing, makes you wanna move, dance and sing along. On Tuesday, I rushed over to iTunes to purchase Mariah's new holiday CD "Merry Christmas II You," filled with 13 soon-to-be holiday favorites, including a new extra festive version of "All I Want For Christmas ..." and a song from my favorite animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Mariah will perform songs from the new album on an ABC special that will air on Dec. 13 and, on Nov. 29, Mimi will be pitching her new album on HSN. In fact, I'm listening to the album while writing this column, and I'm already contemplating where to set the Christmas tree this weekend.


Beyoncé will release a DVD documenting her "I Am." tour exclusively via Walmart on Nov. 26 before it is released everywhere else on Nov. 30. The DVD features live and behind-the-scenes footage from her 186-date "I Am." trek.

Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger is set to play a villainess in the new "Men In Black" movie. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin are all preparing to shoot the upcoming sequel. The movie is due out in 2012.

The University of South Carolina will offer a course titled "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame" beginning next semester. Professor Mathieu Deflem plans to "unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga," according to the course description. Deflem has attended 28 Gaga concerts around the world and has launched his own fan site,



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