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Top entertainment holiday gifts


Who could start a holiday music list without paying tribute to the dozens of holiday hits that arrive each December from music’s biggest stars? Having a Christmas CD is as standard for music’s elite as a history of famous exes and excesses.

New Christmas CDs of note:

Julianne Hough: Sounds of the Seasons
Dancing with the Stars multiple winner showcases her vocal prowess on a eight track set that proves her decision to leave the hit show to pursue Nashville full-time was a endeavor well worth taking.

Elvis Presley: Christmas Duets
Through the magic of technology, The King continues his hit streak of records comprised of holiday musical classics. Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood and LeAnn Rimes are simply a few of the eleven female artists who share Christmas tunes with Elvis Presley. As a bonus, the CD includes three re-mastered Presley holiday favorites including The First Noel and Winter Wonderland.

Harry Connick, Jr.: What a Night
The new sultan of swing puts his band through Christmas’ best with big band cool.

Kristin gets musically festiveTony Bennett: A Swingin’ Christmas
Read Connick Jr. (above) and add 50 years of classic cool. He shares an opening track with SheKnows Christmas Pie in the Sky, but that is where the two stop being similar. Each has its merry merit. It simply depends on the mood of the gift receiver.

Seriously, with the Count Basie Big Band along for the ride, Bennett proves he is the captain of crooning in this eleven song set.

Holiday music pie in the sky:

Kristen Chenoweth: A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas
SheKnows favorite multi-tasking star (we’ve run into her five times!) has released an array of holiday treats. Her Lovely Way to Spend Christmas begins with I’ll Be Home for Christmas and ends with a fantastic medley of Sleep Well Little Children and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

List price: $17.98

The CD Hits:

Twilight: Soundtrack
Insert pop culture phenomenon cliche here and you have the Twilight soundtrack in musical form. Stephenie Meyer favorite Muse kicks of twelve track soundtrack and their Supermassive Black Hole is emblematic of the impressive collection collected in this Twilight musical collective.

Beyonce, I Am Sasha Fierce
Beyonce gets fierce and issues a CD with two sides of her persona. Both are equally compelling, slow, fast, powerful, quiet and uniquely Beyonce at its terrific roots.

Enya: And Winter Came…
An innovator in music scores once again with her return to the studio, And Winter Came…

Twenty years after she made her mark with Watermark, Enya has released a musical menagerie proving her melodic muse-like music is still beyond compare.

Dido: Safe Trip Home
Anyone who enjoyed Dido in any fashion in the last decade will appreciate her latest, Safe Trip Home. With each successive record, Dido has let her audience further into her personal world and Safe Trip Home may be her most personal journey yet.

Il Divo: The Promise
Simon Cowell’s discovery proves with The Promise that their promise as one of the world’s most talented groups is still going strong. In some ways, Il Divo’s latest could be considered a Christmas CD. The Promise is inspiring in a similar manner as many on the Christmas CD list above. Yet, this is clearly a cross-musical journey. How else could you explain the incredible performance and sheer presence of The Winner Takes it All from ABBA sung in their native Italian? The Promise is pure gold.

Katy Perry, One of the Boys
Three hits and Perry is simply getting started. Her Ear Candy hits Kissed A Girl, UR So Gay and Hot N’ Cold are really only the beginning. The entire CD boasts some of pop music’s most salacious riffs of the entire year.

Seal gets soulfulSeal, Soul
Seal covering the songs that defined an era and you can sign SheKnows up. Our recent interview subject injects 21st century production with his timeless voice to produce a record that serves as the ideal gift for the music fan of any age, region or frankly…musical taste!

Now that’s What I Call Music, Volume 29
Have you seen the tracks on the latest incarnation from the hit collecting machine, Now? Once you see a song list that includes the Pussycat Dolls’ When I Grow Up, Ne-Yo’s Closer and Chris Brown’s Forever, there is no turning back. Gift or keep for self will be the most difficult decision of this holiday purchase.

The CD hits pie in the sky

: Britney Spears, Circus
Many have painted a picture of Britney Spears’ world as one of a circus. With a tongue-in-check flair, the princess of pop returned to make her play for the queen of pop throne and on Circus, Spears has triumphed in that capacity and on so many more levels.

The CD commences with her number one hit, Womanizer. It’s unforgettable chorus and techno riff is a late contender for 2008’s song of the year. Womanizer is only one-thirteenth of a Circus SheKnows could not recommend any more fiercely.

Songs such as the title track, the ballad Out from Under, and the party razing Kill the Lights, Britney has let it be known: This Circus is back to stay.

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