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UMe USHERS IN HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CHRISTMAS COMPILATIONS GALORE AND AN OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Los Angeles, CA – December 5, 2016 – With the holiday season in full swing, UMe has several new Christmas collections sure to get you in the spirit and to soundtrack all your yuletide festivities. With classics on vinyl, new CD and digital compilations and an official Spotify playlist, there’s truly something for everyone in every format preferred by you or the ones on your good list.

A CAPITOL CHRISTMAS
In honor of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary, A Capitol Christmas presents some of the most cherished holiday classics from Capitol’s vast catalog and legendary artists. Available now digitally, on CD and as a double LP housed in a gatefold package, the 24-track album brings together beloved Christmas songs from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and many more. Liner notes by compilation producer Jay Landers tell the story of each song in beautiful detail.

Order and stream A Capitol Christmas: https://UMe.lnk.to/ACapitolChristmas

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS, VOL 1
The album that started an international movement is now available back on vinyl. Released 29 years ago in 1987, A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1 brought together some of the biggest musicians of all time for a holiday album to support the Special Olympics and their mission. Founded by David Geffen, the first in the AVSC series featured a who’s who of artists including Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Madonna, John Cougar Mellencamp, Alison Moyet, Stevie Nicks, The Pointer Sisters, The Pretenders, Run – D.M.C., Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2 and The Eurythmics contributing a variety of seasonal staples along with original songs. With their iconic covers by Keith Haring, the A Very Special Christmas album series has become a perennial favorite on the radio and for holiday celebrations over the years.

Since 1987, the A Very Special Christmas album series has changed lives through generating over $123.4 million in royalties in direct support of Special Olympics programs, thanks to the generosity of top internationally acclaimed recording artists. Since its inception, over $70 million has helped support 159 countries and territories resulting in more than five million new athletes participating in and benefitting from Special Olympics year-round sports training and competition programs. Grants from the Christmas Record Trust have enabled Special Olympics to implement programs worldwide, from the United States to Timor Leste, China to Uganda, Cambodia to Haiti and more. In the United States, these funds have also supported Special Olympics programs in urban areas such as New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Each successive album in the series has honored the quality of its predecessors with timeless recordings of holiday music by some of the most influential and talented artists of their time. Learn more about A Very Special Christmas at www.averyspecialchristmas.org

Order and stream A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1: https://UMe.lnk.to/AVerySpecialXmasVol1PR

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MERRY CHRISTMAS
NOW That’s What I Call Music!’s festive new holiday collection, NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas, brims with 20 evergreen holiday favorites spanning more than 60 years, from Nat King Cole, Burl Ives, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby & David Bowie, and Elvis Presley to Wham!, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Pentatonix, Justin Bieber, Josh Groban, and more.

Order and stream NOW That’s What I Call Merry Christmas: https://now.lnk.to/MerryChristmasPR

CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST
For more music to get you in the mood for the holiday season, UMe has you covered with the ideal Christmas playlist. The collection features some of the biggest songs and artists in the holiday music canon and pairs timeless classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Vince Guaraldi Trio with modern staples from Michael Bublé, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Diana Krall, Dave Koz, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and many others for an eclectic and festive playlist sure to be the perfect soundtrack for your holidays.

Stream the playlist on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/UMeXmasPlaylist

DON’T MISS THESE OTHER HOLIDAY ALBUMS AVAILABLE NOW
Brian McKnight – ICON Christmas: McKnight performing your favorite Christmas classics
Diana Krall – Christmas Songs: #1 Jazz & Holiday album released back on vinyl just in time for the holidays
Faith Evans – ICON: A Faithful Christmas: Evans soulful collection of standards and originals
Glen Campbell – That Christmas Feeling: Vinyl reissue of Campbell’s classic country Christmas album
James Taylor – At Christmas: In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Taylor’s holiday favorite is now available on vinyl for the first time
Justin Bieber – Under The Mistletoe: First-ever vinyl pressing of Bieber’s smash holiday album
Merle Haggard – Merle Haggard’s Christmas Present: Vinyl reissue of the Hag’s beloved Christmas record
Trisha Yearwood – ICON Christmas: Modern country great’s beautiful Christmas collection
V/A – R&B ICON Christmas: R&Bs biggest artists performing iconic Christmas classics


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Tim Plumley, UMe: 310-865-7797 | tim.plumley@umusic.com

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