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BAND OF MERRYMAKERS is the name of a collaborative music project with a rotating cast and one goal – to help raise awareness and funds for charity – and their debut single, “Must Be Christmas,” is just out this week. Helmed by singer Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, the band members’ plan is to switch out each year, with this year’s group including members of Neon Trees, The Mowgli’s, The Honeymoons, Lady Antebellum, and Fitz and the Tantrums. A portion of the proceeds from “Must Be Christmas” will go to the MusiCares Foundation.

THE DECEMBERISTS’ new album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is due out on January 19, and the band have prefaced the set with a lyric video for their new track “Lake Song,” a monochromatic clip that mixes in-studio footage with text. The album is slated to include tunes “Cavalry Captain,” “The Wrong Year,” “Till The Water Is All Long Gone,” and “Carolina Low”; Colin Meloy and crew will also play a short series of UK shows in February as promo for the album, including stops in Leeds (2.14), Birmingham (2.18), and London (2.21.)

ASCAP publishes the list of most-performed holiday songs each year – but this year, since it’s their 100th anniversary, they’ve gone crazy and released the list of the most performed over the past 100 years. Number one on the list of holiday tunes? “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which has been recorded by everyone from Tommy Dorsey (old-school big band leader) to Michael Buble. In second and third place are “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” and “White Christmas” – also on the list are plenty of other familiar festival tracks, including “Sleigh Ride,” “Let It Snow,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Some things, thankfully, never change.

PYXIS POINTS | Artist-slash-uberproducer Pharrell Williams is being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, with the star ceremony taking place on December 4 | Martin Scorsese is reportedly planning a music film about groundbreaking NYC punk band The Ramones | Gary Numan’s new track “I Am Dust” finds him additionally collaborating with IAMX on a unique music video available on Vevo | And Glastonbury has picked their dates for next year, and will be filling the fields with music June 24-18. – Kristi Kates