Mario was declared America's Christmas number one late last week (ends24DEC04) when his single LET ME LOVE YOU hit the top.
It ended rapper Snoop's three-week reign at number one with his latest Pharrell Williams collaboration, DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT.
Meanwhile, late rapper Tupac Shakur enjoyed a merry Christmas from beyond the grave by scoring his third posthumous US album chart-topper.
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