UMe rings in the holiday season with essential Christmas music releases



Los Angeles – November 5, 2018 – As the holiday season approaches, UMe is pleased to present several essential new and classic Christmas albums and collections to warm up this year’s Yuletide festivities. With vinyl, CD, and digital releases, plus UMe’s holiday playlists on Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, there’s something for everyone on Santa’s good list.




Alvin and The Chipmunks with David Seville: Christmas With The Chipmunks Vol. 2 (White Vinyl LP)

Christmas with The Chipmunks Vol. 2 was released in 1963 as the follow-up to the Chipmunks’ first Christmas album, released the previous year. Reissued on limited edition white vinyl, the album features 11 traditional holiday songs and one original composition by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr.



Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song (CD; Digital)

Nat King Cole’s 1962 classic holiday album, The Christmas Song is expanded for the holidays. The album’s new edition includes bonus tracks recorded during the same studio sessions, but not included on the original LP, plus “The Christmas Song” duet with daughter Natalie Cole.



Sheryl Crow: Home For Christmas (Vinyl LP)

Sheryl Crow’s popular Home For Christmas album makes its vinyl debut for the holidays. First released in 2008 as a limited exclusive, the album was issued widely in 2011 on CD and digitally, reaching the Top 5 of Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart.


Def Leppard – “We All Need Christmas” (New Holiday Single)

Def Leppard help to make the season bright with their new holiday single, “We All Need Christmas.” Available now for download purchase and streaming, the single will also be released on 7-inch vinyl, exclusively with the 35-track deluxe edition of the band’s new hits collection, The Story So Far – The Best Of, to be released November 30. A new limited edition, 7” singles vinyl box set, Hysteria: The Singles, will also be released on the same date.


The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Red Vinyl LP)

The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas makes its vinyl debut for the holidays on a red LP. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the 2007 album’s 10 tracks include two originals and 8 classic holiday songs.


Kenny Rogers: Christmas (Vinyl LP)

Released in 1981, Kenny Rogers’ Top 10 Billboard Country album, Christmas, is reissued on vinyl LP for the holidays. The album features holiday standards and originals made famous with its release, including Rogers’ first holiday single, “Kentucky Homemade Christmas.”


Diana Ross: Wonderful Christmas Time (CD; Digital)

Celebrate the holiday season with style, grace and cheer with a 20-track collection from Diana Ross, titled Wonderful Christmas Time (Ross Records/UMe). Executive produced by Ms. Ross, the collection opens with the timeless title track, and also includes “Winter Wonderland,” “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” plus an inspiring and poignant read on Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s uplifting classic “What The World Needs Now.” Ms. Ross is accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra on five of the collection’s stunning recordings.


The Soulful Strings: The Magic of Christmas (Vinyl LP)

Released in 1968, The Soulful Strings’ The Magic of Christmas is reissued on vinyl for the holidays.

The Soulful Strings was the brainchild of Cadet Records producer Richard, a loose group of musicians (including Phil Upchurch, Charles Stepney, and Bobby Christian) who recorded seven studio albums between 1966 and 1970. For their third LP, they recorded 10 holiday classics.


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George Strait: Classic Christmas (Vinyl LP)

Released in 2008, George Strait’s Classic Christmas album makes its vinyl release debut for the holidays. Stacked with Christmas classics, Strait’s third holiday album reached No. 16 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.


Unwritten Law featuring Sum 41: “Unwritten Christmas” (7-Inch Vinyl Single — Record Store Day Black Friday Exclusive)

Two rare Unwritten Law holiday tracks will be released on a Record Store Day Black Friday-exclusive 7-inch vinyl single. Unwritten Law’s “Unwritten Christmas” featuring Sum 41 was previously released only on a KROQ Christmas compilation and on an Australian fan promo CD compilation.


Various Artists – 100 Christmas Masterworks (5-CD set)

To be released November 9, this imaginatively-curated and generously-filled classical Christmas music package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. The 5-CD collection features timeless performances from many of the world’s greatest artists, including singers Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, and Luciano Pavarotti, among many others.


Various Artists: A Motown Christmas (Vinyl 2LP)

Released in 1973, A Motown Christmas is newly reissued on 2LP vinyl for the holidays. The double album collects 24 seasonal singles and album tracks by five of Motown’s top artists: The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.


Various Artists: NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas 2018 (CD)

NOW Merry Christmas presents the best 20 Christmas tracks all on one CD. The updated album now includes songs from Sam Smith, Bruce Springsteen, and Kelly Clarkson, as well as essential classics from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby.


Various Artists: UMe’s new Christmas playlists for 2018

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