TURN UP THE JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH UMe’s CHRISTMAS RELEASES,
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST AND INTERACTIVE GIFT GUIDE
With the holidays in full swing, UMe has all the music you need to make your festivities even brighter. From a cornucopia of timeless Christmas albums on a variety of formats to soundtrack your gatherings or as the perfect present to a dynamic Spotify playlist and even a helpful interactive gift guide to help you finish up your shopping, there’s so many ways to turn up the joy this holiday season.
From classic crooners Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby to renowned vocal quartet 98° to country Christmas music on vinyl and festive compilations, there’s truly something for everyone to help you celebrate.
An expansive and eclectic collection, UMe’s Christmas playlist on Spotify features some of the biggest songs and artists in the holiday music canon and pairs timeless classics ranging from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives and Brenda Lee to Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and The Ronettes to U2 and Wham! with modern staples from Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Michael Buble. The ever-expanding, hours-long playlist is guaranteed to bring an extra dose of holiday cheer.
Stream the playlist on Spotify: http://lnk.to/Christmas-Playlist
INTERACTIVE GIFT GUIDE
Take the guess work out of finding that special gift for the music lover on your list with UMe’s interactive gift guide. The site allows fans to search through the label’s best-selling titles of 2017 by choosing a genre and price.
Once selected, users will be presented with ideas ranging from deluxe box sets to CDs and vinyl LPs from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Glen Campbell, Soundgarden, George Harrison, Elton John, Chuck Berry, Rihanna, GZA, Eminem, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Chris Stapleton, the Pitch Perfect 3 soundtrack and many more.
Experience the gift guide at musicgift.guide
98°– LET IT SNOW (CD/LP/DIGITAL)
Their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years, 98°’s Let It Snow is a brand new 12-song collection that includes the original song “Season Of Love,” their take on “What Christmas Means To Me,” the standard that was popularized by Stevie Wonder, and an interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s “River.” The guys also put their own spin on the classic carols, “The First Noel.” The renowned vocal quartet recruited Grammy-nominated music, TV and film producer Adam Anders to oversee the project who is best known for his work as executive music producer for “Glee” who has written and recorded with some of the biggest names in contemporary pop music including Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys and the Jonas Brothers. Let It Snow is their second Christmas title following their critically-acclaimed, million-selling 1999 album, This Christmas.
Order/stream Let It Snow: http://ume.lnk.to/LetItSnow
THE BEATLES – THE CHRISTMAS RECORDS (7-inch vinyl)
The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.” Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed to fan club members each December. Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set. The limited-edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi discs.
Order The Christmas Records: http://TheBeatles.lnk.to/ChristmasRecords
BING CROSBY – CHRISTMAS CLASSICS (LP)
Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics features 14 of the singer’s timeless Christmas songs, including his hit recording of the perennial “White Christmas” and his cherished duet with David Bowie, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” Other highlights include “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” First released in 1999, the collection is re-pressed on standard black vinyl for the holidays.
Order/stream Christmas Classics: http://UMe.lnk.to/ChristmasClassicsLP
COLBIE CAILLAT – CHRISTMAS IN THE SAND (LP)
Celebrating its five-year anniversary, Colbie Caillat’s Christmas In The Sand is available on standard black vinyl for the first time. Caillat’s fourth album peaked in the Top 5 on the Holiday Album Chart in 2012, with the title song reaching the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. The holiday collection, produced by Caillat’s father Ken Caillat features guest appearances from Brad Paisley, Jason Reeves, Gavin DeGraw & Justin Young and includes seasonal favorites, “The Christmas Song,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Santa Baby” & “Auld Lang Syne.”
Order/stream Christmas In The Sand: http://UMe.lnk.to/CITS
DARIUS RUCKER – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (LP)
On Darius Rucker’s Home For The Holidays, the acclaimed singer mixes up country, soul, swing and R&B for an album that has something for everyone in the family. The dozen songs combine holiday chestnuts like “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” with two Rucker originals “What God Wants For Christmas” and “Candy Cane Christmas.” Rucker is joined by friend Sheryl Crow on the time-honored duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and has some childhood fun on the Dr. Seuss classic “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Produced by Frank Rogers, the album is available on standard black vinyl for the first time.
Order Home For The Holidays: http://UMe.lnk.to/DariusRuckerHFTH
LADY ANTEBELLUM – ON THIS WINTER’S NIGHT (LP)
Originally released in 2012, Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night is making its vinyl debut just in time for the holidays and the album’s five-year anniversary. The 12-track collection on standard black vinyl sees Lady A put their unique spin on an eclectic mix of holiday favorites including “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Blue Christmas” and features the gorgeous original title track, written by the band. The Gold-selling album offers a variety of musical styles and sounds, from gentle acoustic guitar and strings to fiddle to sleigh bells and swinging horns, with the trio’s unmistakable harmonies front and center. As All Music exclaimed, “This is a Christmas album for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a soundtrack for days of shopping, present wrapping, and parties filled with good cheer.”
Order On This Winter’s Night: http://UMe.lnk.to/LadyAOTWN
FRANK SINATRA – ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS (CD/2LP/DIGITAL)
Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas showcases 20 festive and warm holiday classics from Sinatra’s Capitol and Reprise catalogues. The new collection also honors the Sinatra Family’s holiday traditions with Frank joined by his children, Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr., on three songs. Ultimate Christmas features Sinatra’s merry best, from the tranquil and traditional “White Christmas”, “Silent Night”, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, and “The First Noël” to the rollicking “Jingle Bells”, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, and “Mistletoe And Holly.” Sinatra’s children add their voices to “The Twelve Days Of Christmas,” “The Bells Of Christmas (Greensleeves),” and “I Wouldn’t Trade Christmas.” The collection’s iconic recordings span 1954 to 1991, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Gordon Jenkins, and Johnny Mandel, among others.
Order/stream Ultimate Christmas: http://UMe.lnk.to/UltimateChristmas
REBA MCENTIRE – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU (LP)
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of country icon Reba McEntire’s timeless double-platinum album Merry Christmas To You, the long out-of-print record has been reissued on vinyl for the first time since its original 1987 release. Pressed on standard black vinyl and featuring the ‘90s cover image from the CD version, the album that first celebrated McEntire’s love of Christmas includes her beautiful and joyous takes on traditional Christmas tunes like “Away In A Manger,” “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” and seasonal standards like “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).”
Order Merry Christmas To You: http://UMe.lnk.to/RebaMcEntireMCTY
RINGO STARR – I WANNA BE SANTA CLAUS (LP)
Ringo Starr’s beloved holiday album I Wanna Be Santa Claus has just been released on vinyl for the first time ever. First released in 1999, the album is filled with Starr’s eclectic and inspired renditions of such seasonal standards as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas,” alongside a half-dozen exuberant holiday originals such as “Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On,” “I Wanna Be Santa Claus,” and “The Christmas Dance,” and a cover of The Beatles’ infectious “Christmas Time (Is Here Again).”
Order I Wanna Be Santa Claus: http://UMe.lnk.to/RingoSanta
V/A – NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MERRY CHRISTMAS (CD/DIGITAL)
NOW That’s What I Call Music!‘s festive holiday collection, NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas, is newly refreshed for 2017’s holiday season. Brimming with 20 evergreen holiday favorites spanning more than 60 years, the collection includes Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby & David Bowie, The Temptations, José Feliciano, and The Beach Boys to contemporary holiday hits from Wham!, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Pentatonix, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, a new orchestral version of an Elvis Presley classic, and more.
Order/stream NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas: http://NOW.lnk.to/Christmas
V/A – A CAPITOL CHRISTMAS, VOLUME 2 (2CD/2LP/DIGITAL)
Capitol Records’ celebration of its 75th anniversary continues with the release of A Capitol Christmas, Volume 2, a collection of 24 timeless holiday and seasonal classics sung by the label’s unmatched list of legends. The album brings together some of pop music’s most iconic holiday songs with extremely rare recordings originally issued in very limited release. Volume 2’s list of singers includes Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys, Wayne Newton, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mercer, The Louvin Brothers and many more, with each contribution lovingly chronicled in liner notes provided by compilation producer Jay Landers.
Order/stream A Capitol Christmas, Volume 2: http://lnk.to/CapitolChristmas2