Smooth R+B star Mario ruined Snoop Dogg's Christmas present by knocking him off the top of the BILLBOARD singles chart in America.

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.

LOYAL TO THE GAME, which features production collaborations with Eminem and Jadakiss among others entered the chart at number one last week (22DEC04).

27/12/2004 01:37