New Holiday Music for 2012

Every year a batch of new artists tries to record the ultimate holiday album and thus guarantee that they'll be a part of the season for years to come. This year sees new albums from some old standbys (Richard Marx, Olivia Newton-John) along with a couple of new compilations.

A Very Special Christmas - 25 Years Since 1987, the A Very Special Christmas holiday music series has been raising money for the Special Olympics. For their 25th anniversary, the compilation includes Jason Mraz, Cheap Trick, Jewel and more.

Blake Shelton - Cheers, it's Christmas. If you like your holidays a little more country, Blake Shelton may be your man. The album includes duets with Michael Buble, Reba and Shelton's mother, Dorothy Shackleford.

Richard Marx - Christmas Spirit While he's been out of the spotlight as a solo artist, Marx has been writing hits for other artists. Now he's back behind the microphone with a Christmas album.

Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby Following up on a few collections of standards, Stewart's out with a collection of holiday classics.

Cee Lo's Magic Moment The second judge from The Voice with a holiday album, Ceelo delivers soulful renditions of classics. He's joined by some interesting guest vocalists too - including The Muppets and Christina Aguilera.

Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta - This Christmas They were the one that you wanted back in the 1980s and now ONJ and John Travolta want to become part of your holiday tradition.

Holidays Rule With appearances by The Shins, Rufus Wainwright and The Head And The Heart, this album may as well be called Alterna-Christmas.

Sufjan Stevens - Silver and Gold Leave it to the quirky Mr. Stevens to release not one holiday album but five, as is the case with this box set.

Beegie Adair & Friends - Christmas & Cocktails As the album title suggests, Adair's holiday album is a smooth jazz-ish ode to Christmas - a perfect backdrop for a cocktail party.

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