Mariah Carey's new single, "Fall in Love at Christmas," drops...

Mariah Carey's new single, "Fall in Love at Christmas," drops Friday. Credit: Invision / AP / Evan Agostini

Mariah Carey has revealed the meaning of the date "11/5" on a Christmas present seen in a social-media video she had posted Monday declaring the Yuletide season has begun: Posting a 3-second audio clip, she announced her new single, "Fall in Love at Christmas," with guests Khalid and Kirk Franklin, which will drop Friday, Nov. 5.

In a subsequent TikTok video, the five-time Grammy Award winner appears in a Christmas-themed room, wearing a floor-length, sparkly red gown to introduce the song, saying, "I hope you like it — I'm obsessed with it. Don't think it's over before you listen to the outro, OK?"

Also Tuesday, Apple TV+ announced that six-time Grammy nominee Khalid and 16-time Grammy winner Franklin would appear alongside Carey in "Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues," a follow-up to last year's "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special." The streaming service said it would debut in December, without specifying a start date.

Meanwhile, the Long Island-raised pop star, 52, quietly slipped a humorous Christmas comment into someone's Twitter feed last week, which went virtually unnoticed until Tuesday.

National Review writer Kyle Smith on Oct. 28 had tweeted a photo of what he called a "Dallas jukebox" upon which a piece of paper reads, "Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You will be skipped if played before Dec 1. After Dec 1 the song is only allowed one time a night."

When a self-described Brooklynite retweeted the post, adding jocularly, "Is this the war on Christmas I've heard about?," Carey replied with a photoshopped image of her head on a body wearing Wonder Woman-style armor, set against a medieval battle panorama.

CNN on Monday identified the bar as the historic Stoneleigh P, and spoke with the nearly 50-year-old institution's manager. Unnamed in CNN's video and identified as Laura Garrison by The Dallas Morning News, she assures lightheartedly, "I don't hate Mariah Carey and I don't hate Christmas," and that the humorous sign has never been defaced in the few years in which it has been posted.

"Once we hear those twinkles," Garrison said of the 1994 perennial hit's opening notes, "we run for the remote" to press the "Skip" button. She was unaware of Carey's Twitter comment until informed by CNN, and reacted in wide-eyed surprise.

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