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'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

Next week, Santa Claus is, indeed, coming to town! This is one of the jolliest songs of all our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, and all the upbeat versions below are charming in their own way.

We made a list and checked it twice, and now you can vote for your favorite version below:
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'It's Britney, witch!': Britney Spears reads 'Thriller' intro for Halloween -- VIDEO

‘Tis the season for multiple costume changes! Britney Spears has temporarily traded in her dominatrix whips for bloody axes and wooden brooms.

In a Halloween-themed video for BBC‘s The Radio 1 Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw, the pop princess says “It’s Britney, witch!” and recites the intro from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” “Creatures crawl in search for blood, to terrorize your neighborhood,” Spears says in an adorable Southern-fried Vincent Price voice.

Spears reads the famous song intro from a throne, orders pepperoni pizza, rides a broom, and shows that in between working for those Lambos and martinis, she’s got a killer sense of humor.

Watch scary story time with Brit here:
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Michael Jackson tops 'Forbes' list of highest-earning dead celebs

Over the past year, Michael Jackson’s ghost earned more money than any other celebrity… living or dead.

Oww! Jamon! Hee-hee!

According to Forbes, Madonna earned $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013 — enough to place her at the top of its most recent list of highest-paid stars. The estate of her old pal MJ, though, raked in $35 million more, for a total of $160 million, making him easily the highest-paid star of 2013. As Forbes puts it: “It’s the third time in the past five years that the top-earning celebrity in the world has come from the graveyard.” How appropriate, just before Halloween!

Michael’s money comes from a variety of sources, including two Cirque du Soleil shows — one that tours, one housed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Vegas — and his half of the Sony/ATV song catalog, which includes his own hits as well as tunes like “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Another artist represented in that catalog: Elvis Presley, who ranks second on Forbes‘ list of dead earners with $55 million. The top five is rounded out by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ($37 million), Jackson pal Elizabeth Taylor ($25 million), and Bob Marley ($18 million).

See the full top 25 in a Forbes slideshow.

This Week on Stage: Cirque du Soleil takes on Michael Jackson, plus new fall shows

Summer has officially taken hold, but all eyes seem to be on fall and spring, with nearly all of the 40 Broadway houses having scooped up shows to call their own if they don’t already have a tenant. This fall, we will see the arrival of a new Janis Joplin musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, which has been making the rounds nationally and finally setting up camp for a long run. Ethan Hawke is returning to Lincoln Center for his take on Macbeth, John Grisham gets his first Broadway salute with a Main Stem mounting of his legal thriller A Time to Kill, and look for the starry likes of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Mark Rylance, Orlando Bloom, Mary-Louise Parker, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto in already-announced shows, which will make for a busy season. And this spring will feature the musical debuts of both Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway (which is to star Zach Braff) and The Bridges of Madison County (reuniting Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale after their recent coupling in the musical adaptation of Far From Heaven). READ FULL STORY

What do Don Draper's 'Mad Men' brothel and Michael Jackson have in common?

Get your mind out of the gutter! The answer is Carroll Avenue, a street in Los Angeles’ historic Angelino Heights neighborhood.

As a local blog called Franklin Avenue points out today, that’s where Don Draper’s childhood home — a Pennsylvania brothel, in the show’s universe — is actually located. The real estate database Zillow says that the six-bedroom, 126-year-old building is worth just under $600,000, which sounds like a steal — especially considering how all the grime covering it in Sunday’s finale was added in post-production (and, evidently, after AMC took the photo above).

The fake whorehouse is located at 1355 Carroll Ave. You know what’s located right next door? 1345 Carroll Ave. — a.k.a. the “Thriller” houseREAD FULL STORY

'Michael Jackson: One': Cirque du Soleil gives us a sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Michael Jackson may have left us exactly four years ago today, but his music continues to live on in various forms. If you happen to be in England, you can catch Thriller Live (now in its fifth year on the West End), and in Las Vegas, you can see Cirque du Soleil’s latest wowza extravaganza, Michael Jackson: One (opening Saturday at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

The new Cirque show promises 22 MJ tunes accompanied by acrobatics and death-defying feats galore, and below we have an exclusive look behind the scenes of the production to show what you’ll be in store for as an eager audience member. One hint: surround-sound speakers in the seats. (Seriously. In your seat.)
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'Glee': Madonna! Stevie Wonder! The top ten tribute episodes -- ranked! VIDEO

As anyone with even a passing familiarity with Glee — or iTunes charts — is aware, the show knows its way around a tribute episode, a.k.a. an episode where all of the music is from one artist or film. A ‘tribute episode’ also typically means there are seven or eight songs in the hour-long dramedy, as opposed to the usual standard of four. Great news for those of us who are watching the show for the karaoke! (I can’t be the only one dancing around my living room to Madonna or Lady Gaga Glee covers, right?)

Last night, Glee added Stevie Wonder to the diverse group of icons the show has celebrated, which got me thinking — where does Wonder fall among the Glee kids’ homages? Below, check out our rankings of the top ten tribute episodes Glee has undertaken in the past four seasons — along with some videos of the best performance from each musical-icon-filled hour.
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Michael Jackson's doctor does 'Today Show' interview from prison -- VIDEO

Disgraced cardiologist Conrad Murray, who’s currently serving a four-year prison sentence for his involvement in the death of Michael Jackson, recently filed an appeal on his case, claiming that his trial was unfair, that its jury should have been sequestered, and that ultimately he “didn’t do anything wrong.” Murray hopes to get his conviction overturned, allowing him to regain the ability to practice medicine when he’s released — and to live as a regular person rather than as a convicted felon.

Murray called in to the Today show this morning to discuss his appeal with host Savannah Guthrie, as well as his attorney, Valerie Wass. He reiterated that he does not take “any responsibility as it relates to [Jackson's] death,” saying that while he was sorry to lose the singer “as a friend and as a patient,” he will not take the blame for “something I didn’t do.” At that, Guthrie pushed back, reminding Murray that he was the one who both prescribed and administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol — the drug on which Jackson overdosed. In response, Murray said that while he did leave the room Jackson was in when he died, he did not leave behind any Propofol for the musician’s use.

NBC News reports that Murray will most likely be released from Los Angeles’s Central Jail in the fall of 2013.

Do his arguments seem sound, or did Murray deserve his conviction? Watch the interview and judge for yourself.

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Elizabeth Taylor beats Michael Jackson for title of highest-earning dead celebrity

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Screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson this year on Forbes‘ list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. The actress, who suffered heart failure last March, earned a whopping $210 million; $45 more than the highest paid living celeb, Oprah Winfrey.

A chunk of that change — $184 million — came from Taylor’s record-breaking Christie’s auction, which sold off her fine jewelry, costumes, and art work. Her estate also profited from her White Diamonds perfume sales as well as residuals from her films. READ FULL STORY

George Clooney voted celebrity best fit to be U.S. president

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President George Clooney?

A poll this week found that 35 percent of men considered Clooney the celebrity best fit for the presidency. Rapper Jay-Z trailed behind with 20 percent of the vote (maybe he could run for VP?). Even more women — 46 percent –picked Clooney, but New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was their runner-up with 27 percent.

The poll, from lifestyle sites AskMen.com and TrèsSugar.com, asked men and women about entertainment and politics to compile the ”great male” and ”great female survey,” respectively. When asked about real politicians, 79 percent of men thought President Barack Obama was the presidential nominee with the most wingman potential. Obama was also chosen by both men and women as the manliest politician. Really? Did anybody watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer?

When asked ”which male public figure are you most tired of hearing about?” 67 percent of men said Justin Bieber. LeBron James and Kanye West tied for second place. With 62 percent of the vote, Kim Kardashian was the female public figure of choice in the same category. It’s only fitting that Kardashian has been linked to Bieber and West, and that James and West are (if you believe Google image search) besties. Women agreed that they’ve had enough of Bieber and Kardashian.

Men selected Emma Stone as the female celebrity they wanted their girlfriends to emulate (51 percent). The nine percent of men who weren’t tired of hearing about her voted for Kardashian.

In a close race, the band the Black Keys was named the ”next Michael Jackson” (33 percent). Keeping with the contradictory results, 23 percent picked Justin Bieber, who came in third after Usher.

Read more:
Jay-Z backs Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage
Obama visits George Clooney and friends; raises record $15 million
Kanye West arrives on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’

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