Los Angeles – December 16, 2022 – From brand new holiday albums from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lorenna McKennitt, Neil Diamond and the Nelson Family, to reissues of beloved Christmas collections, an expansive and ever-expanding hours-long playlist, dynamic video content, inspired festive remixes and reimaginings, immersive Dolby Atmos mixes of some of the biggest songs in the Christmas canon, a variety of helpful gift guides for the music lover on your list, and much more, UMe once again has an overflowing Santa’s bag of yuletide offerings to help you turn up the joy this holiday season, however you enjoy music.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC PLAYLIST
Available for your streaming pleasure is UMe’s Christmas Music playlist, featuring some of the most popular songs and artists across the holiday music canon, pairing timeless classics with contemporary favorites. The hours-long–and ever-expanding– playlist is available now for streaming on Spotify and Apple.
Listen here: https://stream.lnk.to/ChristmasPR
CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON YOUTUBE
More than 100 new visualizers and lyric videos have been added to UMe’s Official Christmas Music YouTube Channel offering a more immersive experience that’s perfect to put on the TV or computer at holiday gatherings to create an instantly festive mood without turning on the yule log channel. The new additions include full albums and songs from Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ne-Yo, Peggy Lee, Reba McEntire, The Supremes, The Temptations, Vince Gill and others. These new videos join UMe’s slew of official animated videos for The Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Chuck Berry, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more that have been released over the past few years.
Visit UMe’s Official Christmas Music YouTube Channel: https://Stream.lnk.to/ChristmasYTChannelPR
MUSIC LOVER’S GIFT GUIDES
From the best new releases to collector-worthy box sets, uDiscover Music has assembled an assortment of gift guides for the music lover on your list. Whether they’re a lifelong Beatles, Elton John or Rolling Stones fantatics or a K-pop stan, these definitive lists will help anyone find the perfect gift.
Check out all the music lover gift guides here: https://www.udiscovermusic.com/genre/2022-gift-guide/
DOLBY ATMOS MIXES
UMe is proud to expand their unmatched Christmas catalog in Dolby Atmos with some of the most iconic Christmas songs and albums from the likes of Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Dean Martin, The Jackson 5, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, The Supremes, and The Temptations, joining the likes of The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Paul McCartney in this exciting, emerging format.
Jimmy Durante – Frosty The Snowman (Single)
Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Single)
Kay Starr – (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag (Single)
Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby
Nat King Cole Trio – All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (Single)
Dean Martin – Dino’s Christmas (FULL ALBUM)
Bing Crosby – Do You Hear What I Hear? (Single)
Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman (Single)
Bing Crosby – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Single)
Bing Crosby – I Wish You A Merry Christmas (Single)
Bing Crosby – The Little Drummer Boy (Single)
Bing Crosby – Winter Wonderland (Single)
Peggy Lee – Happy Holiday (Single)
Peggy Lee – The Christmas List (Single)
Peggy Lee – The Christmas Waltz (Single)
Burl Ives – Overture And A Holly Jolly Christmas (Single)
Burl Ives – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Single)
Burl Ives – Silver And Gold (Single)
Jackson 5 – Christmas Album (FULL ALBUM)
The Temptations – Silent Night (Single)
The Harry Simeone Chorale – The Little Drummer Boy (Single)
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You (FULL ALBUM, pending approval)
98 Degrees – This Christmas (FULL ALBUM)
The Temptations – Give Love At Christmas (FULL ALBUM)
The Supremes – Merry Christmas (FULL ALBUM)
Colbie Caillat – Christmas In The Sand (FULL ALBUM)
Bing Crosby – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Single)
Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka (Single)
Bing Crosby – White Christmas (Single)
Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock (Single)
Boyz II Men – Let It Snow (Single)
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Single)
Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas (Single)
Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run (Single)
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Single)
Dinah Washington – Ole Santa (Single)
Ella Fitzgerald – Christmas Island (Single)
Ella Fitzgerald – Sleigh Ride (Single)
Louis Armstrong – Cool Yule (Single)
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Album)
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime (Single)
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (Album)
The Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Single)
The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Single)
The Supremes – My Favorite Things (Single)
Bobby Helm’s “Jingle Bell Rock” has received a vibey, contemporary official remix by platinum in-demand Australian producer/remixer, Ryan Riback, and Brenda Lee’s timeless, tinsel-time tune, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” has been reimaged by Austrian-based electronic music producer Filous. Cue them up this holiday season for a couple different takes on familiar favorites.
Stream “Jingle Bell Rock” (Ryan Riback Remix): https://BobbyHelms.lnk.to/JBR-RyanRiback
Stream “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” (Reimagined By Filous): https://Stream.lnk.to/ChristmasTreeFilous
ANDREA BOCELLI – MY CHRISTMAS (LP) & MY CHRISTMAS: FIRESIDE EDITION (DIGITAL)
Andrea Bocelli’s 2009 collection of heart-warming seasonal holiday favorites, My Christmas, is one of the best-selling holiday albums of all time (worldwide sales exceeding five million copies). Each song was carefully selected by Bocelli himself and produced by the Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, featuring collaborations with Katherine Jenkins, Reba McEntire, Mary J Blige, Natalie Cole, and The Muppets.Bocelli’s hope for this album was that families, united for Christmas, should listen to this music together: “I drew inspiration from the voices that fill the churches, the voices that can be heard at family singalongs, on Christmas Day”
This year, this iconic album has been reissued as a special White & Gold 2LP Colored Vinyl Edition and an enhanced remastered digital edition, bringing together the original My Christmas album with selected tracks from the Spanish version of the album Mi Navidad. This new version of the album, My Christmas: Fireside Edition, also includes brand new, intimate “fireside” mixes of three of Bocelli’s favorite Christmas songs: “O Tannenbaum,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and “Silent Night.”
The new version of the album has been remastered in Dolby Atmos for an immersive listening experience for the entire family this Christmas. Additionally, several new lyric videos are available to enjoy on Bocelli’s Official YouTube channel. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/@AndreaBocelli/videos
Purchase/stream My Christmas: https://Stream.lnk.to/BocelliChristmas
Stream My Christmas: Fireside Edition: https://Stream.lnk.to/BocelliFireside
A NELSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS (CD/DIGITAL)
Gunnar and Matthew Nelson deliver a wonderful musical gift on with A Nelson Family Christmas. This all-new holiday collection holds over a dozen joyfully performed and caringly crafted renditions of Christmas standards. Making this album a true family affair, the multi-platinum-selling twin brothers also have included holiday tunes recorded by their father, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson, and their grandfather, big band star-turned-TV icon Ozzie Nelson. The Nelsons, in fact, are the only family to ever have #1 hit songs across three generations.
Order/stream A Nelson Family Christmas: https://nelson.lnk.to/FamilyChristmas
THE BEACH BOYS – CHRISTMAS INSTRUMENTALS (DIGITAL)
The Beach Boys 1964 Christmas Album is all all-time classic and now their original seasonal standards, “Little St. Nick” and “Merry Christmas, Baby,” along with their take on “Frosty The Snowman,” can be enjoyed as instrumentals on a new digital EP.
This holiday season, The Beach Boys send warm wishes all the way from the North Pole with a fun animated short that dares to keep the summer alive. “Well, way up North, where the air gets cold,” there’s a tale about Christmas that has yet to be told!” Watch the short here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVRuIsLAmjo
Stream/purchase The Beach Boys Christmas Instrumentals: https://thebeachboys.lnk.to/christmasinstrumentals
BLUPHORIA – “WHEN THE SNOW FALLS” (DIGITAL)
For the holiday season, psychedelic and blues-influenced alt-rock up-and-comers Bluphoria offer up a new original song, “When The Snow Falls” via EDGEOUT Records. “I am a fan of Christmas music,” says songwriter, lead vocalist and lead guitarist, Reign LaFreniere, “We had a great time writing and recording this one.” The Eugene, Ore.-based band recorded the festive track at MAP Studios in Portland.
Stream “When The Snow Falls”: https://bluphoria.lnk.to/whenthesnowfalls
BING CROSBY – CHRISTMAS IN LOFI (DIGITAL)
For more than 80 years, Bing Crosby’s name has been synonymous with the holiday season. Now, seven yuletide classics from the legendary singer, actor, and radio host have been reimagined by producer LOUALLDAY for Christmas in Lofi, available to stream now. Featuring chilled out lofi remixes of songs like “White Christmas,”“The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” the EP marks the latest release for uChill, UMe’s popular lean-back content artist channel. Now, a new generation of fans can discover Crosby’s best-loved holiday hits, thanks to the inspired work of LOUALLDAY. The multi-talented producer (real name Louis Bartolini) took seven of Crosby’s classic Decca and Capitol Christmas tracks and gave them a lofi spin – blending the cozy vintage cheer of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “O Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” and, of course, “White Christmas,” with chopped vocals, instrumental loops, and hard-hitting hip-hop beats. The result is a cohesive and vibey project that offers the perfect soundtrack for mellow holiday parties, studying for finals, or decorating the tree.
Stream Christmas In Lofi: https://bingcrosby.lnk.to/ChristmasInLofiPR
GEORGE STRAIT – CLASSIC CHRISTMAS (VISUAL ALBUM)
George Strait’s beloved 2006 Classic Christmas album can now be experienced like never before, as a dynamic visual playlist featuring new animated lyric videos and visualizers for Strait’s takes on Christmas classics like “Up On The Housetop,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Deck The Halls” and more. The video playlist is the perfect accompaniment to holiday gatherings or to get you in the mood for the holiday season.
Experience Classic Christmas here: umgn.us/gsclassicchristmasyoutubesm
LORENNA MCKENNITT – UNDER A WINTER’S MOON (CD/LP/DIGITAL)
Heralding the start of the holiday season, GRAMMY®-nominated and Juno Award-winning Canadian artist Loreena McKennitt released her 16th album, entitled Under A Winter’s Moon on November 18. The wintry collection was recorded live during a series of seasonal concerts held in a historic sanctuary in Stratford, Ontario in December 2021 and is presented as a six-panel, two-disc digipak on her own label, Quinlan Road via UMe. Featuring 15 seasonal songs performed by McKennitt, Under A Winter’s Moon is interspersed with seasonal readings by Canadian Indigenous actor and Companion of the Order of Canada recipient, Tom Jackson, Gemini Award-winning actor Cedric Smith, and Ojibway artist and flautist Jeffrey Red George. The album is also available digitally and has been mixed in Dolby Atmos surround sound.
Purchase/stream Under A Winter’s Moon: https://www.underawintersmoon.com/
LOUIS ARMSTRONG – LOUIS WISHES YOU A COOL (CD/LP/DIGITAL)
Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule, available digitally, on CD, red vinyl and a limited edition vinyl picture disc, collects nearly the entirety of the legendary Louis Armstrong’s holiday output and presents the recordings as a cohesive body of work for the first time, marking his first-ever official Christmas album. The 11-track album features six Decca singles from the ‘50s, including “Cool Yule,” “Christmas Night in Harlem,” and the swinging “‘Zat You Santa Claus?;” duets with two of his favorite vocal partners, Velma Middleton (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”); plus a very special gift to fans: a previously unreleased reading of Samuel Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas.” Paired with a newly-recorded musical underbed by New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, the poignant recording marks the first new, non-live Armstrong track in more than 20 years and is notable for being the last recording he ever made. Rounding out the collection is the artist’s signature hit, “What a Wonderful World,” which has become something of a yearlong hymn of hope and celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.
Purchase/stream Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule: https://louisarmstrong.lnk.to/LouisXmas
NEIL DIAMOND – A NEIL DIAMOND CHRISTMAS (CD/LP/DIGITAL)
Capitol/UMe celebrates the full breadth of Neil Diamond’s holiday spirit with the release of A Neil Diamond Christmas, a special, artist-curated compilation of the greatest songs culled from Neil’s four beloved and best-selling Christmas albums. Neil has personally selected the tracks for this compilation, which all originally appeared on September 1992’s The Christmas Album, October 1994’s The Christmas Album Volume II, October 2009’s A Cherry Cherry Christmas, and November 2016’s Acoustic Christmas. A Neil Diamond Christmas appears in four physical configurations: 2LP 180-gram black vinyl, an exclusive, limited-edition gold opaque 2LP 180-gram vinyl, 2CD, and 1CD. All of the tracks on A Neil Diamond Christmas have been newly remastered under the artist’s direction by Neil’s longtime engineer, Bernie Becker. Additionally, Neil and Bernie created a stunning new mix of “O Holy Night,” originally released on The Christmas Album.
Purchase/stream A Neil Diamond Christmas: https://neildiamond.lnk.to/NDChristmasPR
NE-YO – ANOTHER KIND OF CHRISTMAS DELUXE EDITION (DIGITAL)
Ne-Yo’s acclaimed holiday album, Another Kind of Christmas, has been released in a digital deluxe edition featuring the never-before-released bonus track, “Everyday Is A Holiday.” Originally released in 2019 on Motown, the album includes the popular original track, “It’s For Everybody,” and the R&B superstar’s unique takes on Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want To Come Home For Christmas.”
Purchase/stream Another Kind Of Christmas: https://neyo.lnk.to/AnotherKindOfChristmasDeluxe
VARIOUS ARTISTS – ‘90S COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (CD/DIGITAL)
The new collection, ’90s Country Christmas, includes 16 tracks from country music superstars including Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, George Strait, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, and more. A must-have for all ‘90s country Christmas fans and sure to be an annual favorite for years to come.
Purchase/stream ‘90s Country Christmas: https://Stream.lnk.to/90sCountryChristmas
VARIOUS ARTISTS – NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS (CD/LP/DIGITAL)
NOW That’s What I Call a Wonderful Christmas features 20 of your favorite holiday hits from Nat King Cole, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Ella Fitzgerald, Pentatonix, and more. This compilation includes “White Christmas,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Mistletoe,” “This Christmas,” and 15 other holiday classics and new hits.
Purchase/stream NOW That’s What I Call A Wonderful Christmas: https://now.lnk.to/WonderfulChristmas
CLASSIC HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES FROM THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW
For those looking for more holiday entertainment, The Ed Sullivan Show’s Official YouTube Channel will be adding classic performances to The Ed Sullivan Show holiday playlist from its archives of seasonal favorites all month long, including “The Christmas Song” by Dolores Gray; “Christmas Medley” by Mike Douglas & Patti Page; cherished standards “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and “Jingle Bells” by Leonard Sues; and “White Christmas” by Sophie Tucker; a medley by Betty Johnson singing “White Christmas, “Winter Wonderland,” and “A Christmas Song;” Topo Gigio performing “Topo Writes Letter To Santa” and “Topo Dresses As Santa Claus;” a holiday-themed medley from The Ed Sullivan Singers performing “Oh, How Lovely Is This Evening Round and “We Three Kings;” a festive ice skating clip of Ed Ames, Lana Cantrell and Holiday on Ice performing “White Christmas,” and clips of both Olympic champion skater Dick Button skating at Rockefeller Center and Olympic champion skater Ronnie Robertson showcasing his acclaimed spinning ability.
The videos will be added to the channel all month and available to enjoy here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEdSullivanShow