Miley Cyrus, Sean Lennon Record ‘Happy Xmas’: Watch

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Cyrus with Damon (r) and Ronson (l) promoting their Dec. 15, 2018 SNL appearance

Miley Cyrus, producer Mark Ronson and Sean Ono Lennon have released a new version of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono song “Happy Xmas (War is Over). Cyrus had tipped Howard Stern on Wednesday (December 12) that she and Lennon would perform the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Listen to the studio recording and watch the SNL performance below.

The singing star was the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.

Watch Cyrus, Ronson and Lennon’s SNL performance

Cyrus’ appearance on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show also allowed her to plug her new collaboration with producer Ronson, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” The song, which they co-wrote, will be included on Ronson’s next album.

Cyrus told Stern that she, Ronson and Lennon would be recording the studio version of “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” this week. It was released almost immediately. A video was released on Dec. 20

Of “Happy Xmas,” Cyrus told Stern: “It’s just so magical every time we sing it… goosebumps all over the place.”

The Stern show tweeted a portion of his interview.

“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” was first released in 1971 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It has since become a holiday standard.

“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” is Ronson’s first pop single as a recording artist since “Uptown Funk” which became a cultural and musical phenomenon. The song won two Grammy Awards in 2015 including “Record of the Year.” Its video has been streamed over 3 billion times, and the single held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 14 consecutive weeks, and is the highest-ranking song of this century and the 4th highest track of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. “Uptown Funk” is also the 10th song in music history to achieve diamond sales status, according to the RIAA.

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