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See BTS, Kelly Clarkson and Charli XCX sing ‘The Christmas Song’

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Written by by Katelyn Grossbaum, CNN The Yeans Brothers

This week, in conjunction with Global Citizen, CNN has curated a Spotify playlist of 10 new music videos and covers of “The Christmas Song” available for streaming. In addition, a page of the Spotify app offers three different ways to access the music: via playlists curated by CNN; by “channels” created by celebrities; and by tune length.

Here are this week’s highlights:

1. Kelly Clarkson

Multi-platinum pop singer Kelly Clarkson gathers a number of pop’s biggest names to help her commemorate the season of giving. Fans can get their own holiday cheer in Spotify’s holiday music playlist, “Greatest Hits,” featuring Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

The post-humous Christmas album, “Meaning of Christmas,” out now, features renditions of popular seasonal songs recorded with children from around the world. The album’s accompanying video features children of all ages lip-syncing and dancing to Clarkson’s pop hits.

2. BTS

The A-list collaboration outside the industry has set off a particularly wintery flood of “Christmas tree” references online. BTS — a K-pop band by the names of Bangtan Sonyeondan (commonly translated as “Entertainment Army”) — includes a collection of Christmas-style covers by each member of the Korean group. There’s even a Christmas-themed song directed at one of the members called “Ruin.”

3. G-Eazy and Charli XCX

After leaving “The X Factor” U.K. last season for her own record label, Billboard country chart-topper Charli XCX returned to “The X Factor” U.K. for the popular holiday program this season.

During her performance of “Frosty the Snowman,” the singer joined rapper G-Eazy for a charming acoustic rendition of the “Waltzing Matilda” classic.

Charli XCX and G-Eazy also premiered a brand new song in a pair of Instagram Stories on Monday.

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