-It’s time to get into the holiday spirit and what better way to spread Christmas cheer than with the magical gift of music. From the timeless sounds of Motown Christmas classics to the contemporary, chart busting holiday hits of today, Universal Music Enterprises has the perfect soundtrack to this year’s yuletide celebration.
A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: ICON
The A Very Special Christmas® holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, is celebrating its 26th holiday season with the release of A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: ICON through Universal Music Enterprises. Available now, the new edition of the venerable series features 11 tracks of holiday music from some of the world’s biggest stars, some of whom have been a part of the A Very Special Christmas project since its inception, and others who are contributing tracks for the first time. Tracks include JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO / THE PLASTIC ONO BAND WITH THE HARLEM COMMUNITY CHOIR*, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”/ ROD STEWART*, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”/ STING, “I Saw Three Ships”/ ARETHA FRANKLIN**, “Winter Wonderland”/ JOSH GROBAN*, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”/ JON BON JOVI, “Please Come Home for Christmas”/ TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, “Christmas All Over Again”/ SHERYL CROW, “Run Rudolph Run”/ ELVIS PRESLEY*, “Blue Christmas”/ CARRIE UNDERWOOD, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”/ WHAM!*, “Last Christmas” (*First time artists / **Aretha Franklin is making her second contribution to the project).
HUMAN NATURE: DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS
Australia’s multi-platinum selling, international, pop vocal group sensation Human Nature – featuring brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen – ushers in the holiday season with the digital release of Dreaming Of A White Christmas on November 19, 2013, through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Human Nature adds their seamless, vocal harmonies to timeless, holiday classics such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” “Silent Night O Holy Night,” “Give Love On Christmas Day” and the title track “White Christmas.” Dreaming Of A White Christmas also includes an original track “Christmas Without You,” and the duet “Please Come Home For Christmas” featuring the Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
ICON Motown Christmas
Spread the holiday cheer as ICON Motown Christmas brings together some of Motown’s most cherished and legendary artists, adding their own unique touch to timeless, Christmas classics such as The Jackson 5’s cheerful rendition of “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” and touching “Give Love On Christmas,” The Temptations adding their style and class to the holiday favorites “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night,” the legendary Smokey Robinson & The Temptations teaming up for “The Christmas Song,” The Supremes putting their signature touch on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things,” Stevie Wonder’s moving classic “Someday At Christmas,” and Marvin Gaye’s soulful “I Want To Come Home For Christmas.” Other tracks include Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ “It’s Christmas Time,” Kim Weston’s “Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and Four Tops’ “Christmas Here With You” featuring Aretha Franklin.
The world’s best-selling, multi-artist album series, NOW That’s What I Call Music!, is ushering in the holiday season with a festive 2CD and digital collection of 32 must-have Christmas songs. The newest volume of the multi-platinum NOW Christmas series, available now everywhere music is sold, features classic originals and contemporary holiday hits recorded by some of today’s top artists.
NOW Christmas brims with yuletide cheer, featuring the definitive versions of the holiday season’s best songs recorded by superstars of yesterday and today. Perennial favorites include Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You),” Alvin and The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” among many others. The collection also features some more recent classics, including Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe,” Kelly Clarkson’s “My Grown Up Christmas List,” Maroon 5’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over),” The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and more.
During this special time of the year, where family and friends come together to celebrate, Universal’s rich and deep catalog provides the perfect setting for the holiday season.