Clay Aiken, one of the biggest new stars in pop music today, releases what is sure to be the hottest Christmas album of the year, & a "new classic" for years to come. With a handpicked track listing including timeless favorites & contemporary classics, Clay's Christmas album will stand the test of time & be embraced by consumers of all ages. Capping off a triumphant 2004 in which he conquered the road with a nine-month tour, ruled the charts with another #1 single, & was named the "sexiest male singer" by In Style magazine, Clay will be inescapable this holiday season. This special Christmas release is the centerpiece of a November & December campaign that will also include a holiday tour, a one-hour network TV special, & the release of his inspirational memoirs. Get ready for a very Clay Christmas! Clay Aiken may look wide-eyed and unassuming, but when it comes to figuring out what his fans want for Christmas, he's got it all figured out. On Merry Christmas with Love he so cannily anticipates the musical sugarplums dancing in the heads of his devotees that you half expect him to climb down the chimney and hand-deliver it. Key to the dozen-song collection's appeal is its straightforwardness: Parting ways with the sea of celebrities who use holiday discs as an excuse to cut loose, Aiken banishes irony and coyness so absolutely here that certain carols--the medley "Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night" especially--take on church-like tones; expect tree trimmers to put aside their tinsel and contemplate the meaning of the season. Yet don't expect them to miss out on any merriment. On less chestnutty selections like the ballads "Mary Did You Know" and Celine Dion's "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day," Aiken lets it rip, reining in a passion and pure-heartedness so believable that fans will wish he, rather than the guy in the red velvet suit, were Santa Claus. -Tammy La Gorce
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
She catapulted to international stardom overnight with 500 million YouTube hits, smashed music records around the world with her triumphant debut album and now Susan Boyle returns with her eagerly awaited second album, The Gift. The Gift, sees Susan Boyle and world acclaimed producer Steve Mac reunited to present a breathtaking seasonal album. Featuring yule time favourites â€˜The First Noelâ€™ and â€˜O Holy Nightâ€™, Susan also fearlessly takes on iconic pop songs including â€˜Donâ€™t Dream Itâ€™s Overâ€™ and â€˜Perfect Dayâ€™ giving them a new identity. Also making her musical debut on The Gift is American medic and winner of the International Susan Search, Amber Stassi. Amber & Susan perform a stunning and inimitable rendition of â€˜Do you Hear What I Hearâ€™. Now with a beautiful seasonal album she will, once again, defy critics and preconceptions. Susan explained; "When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts. Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us."
Brand: Somerset Entertainment
Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the a cappella group has reassembled and reemerged after their video for 'The 12 Days of Christmas' became a phenomenon with almost 8 million views on YouTube. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal- the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense...and with a sense of humor.
Manufacturer: Big Machine Records
Brand: Taylor Swift
This CD from Taylor Swift featuring 14 tracks + 3 bonus tracks, 3 remixed tracks, and a bonus disc with over 30 minutes of video including the music video for "Mine" and more! Released October 25, 2010
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
Singing sensation Susan Boyle returns with a stunning album of her favorite classic Christmas songs, Home For Christmas. The album features a momentous duet with the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, breathtaking renditions of "Little Drummer Boy" and "The Christmas Song," and an original song, "Miracle Hymn," featured on the soundtrack from her first upcoming movie The Christmas Candle. Susan also joins the legendary Johnny Mathis on "When A Child Is Born." Home for Christmas, Susan's fifth studio album in four years features yet another record breaking achievement: She will be the first British artist EVER to have a posthumous duet with the King of Rock and Roll featured on their album. Susan Boyle and acclaimed producers Cliff Masterson and Steve Anderson joined forces to present a sensational album that is undoubtedly a Christmas must have. Known best for her element of surprise and a powerful and heart stopping voice, Susan has become a global top selling artist. With her phenomenal album sales, record breaking achievements and multi-platinum chart domination, Susan has come a long way from the Britain's Got Talent stage in 2009. To date her previous three albums, I Dreamed a Dream, The Gift, Someone To Watch Over Me and Standing Ovation have sold over 20 million copies and stormed to the top of the charts in over 30 countries.
Destiny Fulfilled showcases the signature vocal harmonies and distinctive solo voices of Beyoncâ€š, Kelly and Michelle on 12 brand-new Destiny's Child tracks, each one pulsing with contemporary rhythms and unforgettable hooks, chronicling an emotional journey across the turbulent landscape of romance, from the exhilarating intoxication of falling in love through the heartbreak of loss to the growth and serenity of acceptance. With Beyoncâ€š acting as one of the producers on each of the album's tracks, and songs co-written by all three of the group's members, Destiny Fulfilled is the most personal--and most hand's-on--record that Destiny's Child has ever recorded. 11 tracks in total. Columbia. 2004. Some thought it would never happen, but after solo successes and a three-year hiatus the ladies of Destiny's Child have reunited for the eagerly-anticipated Destiny Fulfilled. The Houston-based trio of Kelly, Michelle and some girl named Beyonce follow up their mega successful Survivor with another album full of infectious dance grooves and melancholy tales of women done wrong. Lead single "Lose My Breath" is their first offering of the former. Backed by a kinetic marching band sample, they sing with an urgency that bolsters the Rodney Jerkins-produced track. Current single "Soldier" is more of the same. Featuring T.I. and Lil' Wayne, the song allows the trio to sing the praises of the kind of men they like. Despite this one-two uptempo punch, DC does do ballads. They go old-school on the moving "If." Michelle, who has several impressive solos throughout, and Beyonce trade lines about finding and holding on to love. However, on "Bad Habit" the trio goes for the paint-by-numbers woman finding her inner-strength theme. Other highlights include the 9th Wonder and Beyonce-produced "Girl" and the midtempo gem "Free." --Rashaun Hall
This is a concept album all the way, with tales of Christmas kindness intertwined with masterful musicianship as they play traditionals plus their own An Angel Came Down; First Snow; Ornament; Old City Bar , and more! Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, Christmas Eve can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other holiday disc, The Christmas Attic. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. --Jason Verlinde
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
Jackie Evancho is a 10-year-old soprano prodigy whose performances on "America's Got Talent" won the hearts of millions and brought her into the national spotlight. Her new CD/DVD set, O Holy Night, features the Christmas favorites â€œO Holy Nightâ€ and â€œSilent Nightâ€ plus the beautiful classics â€œPie Jesuâ€ and â€œPanis Angelicusâ€ â€“ both of which Jackie performed on "Americaâ€™s Got Talent." The DVD features Jackieâ€™s performances from "Americaâ€™s Got Talent" including the audition tape that landed Jackie her spot on AGT. It also includes an interview with Jackie filmed the week following the showâ€™s finale. DVD Track Listing: 1. Panis Angelicus (Youtube Audition) 2. O Mio Babbino Caro 3. Time To Say Goodbye 4. Pie Jesu 5. Ave Maria 6. An Interview With Jackie
Twenty years after her landmarkWatermark album, Enya's seventhstudio disc, 'And Winter Came' continues a phenomenally successful career that has included more than 70 million albums sold worldwide. 'And Winter Came' is an enchanting evocation of the changing landscape of winter as well as the festive cheer of the holidays. One of the most successful female artists of all-time, and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history, Enya brings her beguiling and ethereal music to bear on the darkest and yet most hopeful season with 'And Winter Came'.