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The Shins Tease New Music in 2016, React to Dethroning Mariah Carey for No. 1 Christmas Song

by Alyssa Ladzinski   Dec 17, 2015 13:09 PM EST

For as long as anyone can remember, Mariah Carey has been donned the queen of Christmas with her celebrated holiday tune "All I Want For Christmas Is You," taking over most radio stations and department store playlists. The track that sings of yearning for a relationship was dethroned from its No. 1 slot by indie outfit The Shins and their 2012 take on "Wonderful Christmastime." Now, in the wake of reacting to their feat, the group announced the release of new music in 2016.

PlayNetwork, the company that crafts playlists for over 400 stores, announced this week that the pop diva's legendary 1994 hit song was knocked down to No. 2, with the Shins' spin on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" holding the No. 1 spot for most popular holiday song.

After being questioned on the Shins' newest accomplishment, frontman James Mercer explained to Entertainment Weekly, "Well, we've always been super-popular on the Island of Misfit Toys so it was just a matter of time before the human world embraced our incredible Christmas spirit!"

The Shins had some good news of their own, when the band's label sent an email blast, giving fans new music to look forward to come 2016. "Happy Holidays from The Shins," the message reads according to Consequence of Sound. "New year, new music!"

New Shins material follows the group's musical contribution of "So Now What" to Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's 2014 film endeavor. 2012 and 2013 saw the Shins' last full-length releases with Port of Morrow and Live at Third Man Records.

Carey hasn't let the bump in the rankings get her holiday spirit down, however. The Butterfly singer decided to join forces with Funny or Die for a limited, eight episode installment that follows the singer as she gets ready for the holiday festivities in Mariah's Holiday Sketchtacular.

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