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Hunter Hayes is going pop—but just for the holidays!

The country star joins his friends in the alt-pop band Echosmith for a seriously cool cover of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” the iconic holiday peace anthem written and made famous by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971.




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You may remember that Echosmith had a monster breakout hit a few years back with “Cool Kids.” They’re pretty cool, all right, especially the fact that they are a band of siblings.

We absolutely dig them, and love this collaboration with Hunter!

Did you know Hunter is releasing a mini-movie next year? It will be broken down into three parts, the first of which just premiered with Forbes magazine online. It features Hunter’s collaboration with another pop trio, The Shadowboxers!

The entire series, titled “Pictures,” is set to premiere at a Regal Cinema in Nashville early next year.

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“’Pictures’ is a totally new experience for me,” Hunter told Forbes. “We’ve never done anything like this, and I love how it takes you out of the current reality and transports you to a different time and place entirely, where each song tells a piece of the story.

“With part one I’m only able to share the beginning, so I can’t wait for the fans to hear the new music and watch as the rest of the story is told along the way,” he added.

We can’t wait either. This sounds amazing!

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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