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On November 20, Amazon will drop the curtain on Pete the Cat: A Groovy Kind of Christmas - an all-new animated holiday special (see the trailer here). Among the highlights are some new music by Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz, and today we've got your first-listen to a new song from the latter. "Givingest Time of the Year" is a new song from Pete the Cat and Jason Mraz, and you can check it out for a fresh bit of holiday cheer below!

Walk Off The Earth, the indie-pop band known for their chart topping originals and unique covers of current hits, have released the first single from their upcoming EP, Subscribe To The Holidays, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” performed by band members Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati’s five year old son, Giorgio Michaels. Subscribe To The Holidays includes six holiday classics, re-imagined in Walk Off The Earth’s signature style.

There's a few artists whose concert films I always pick up, and Brian Setzer is one of those. While he's had several DVD and Blu-ray releases over the years, only a a handful have focused on The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and there hasn't been a holiday release since 2005's Christmas Extravaganza. That changes this season with the release of Christmas Rocks! Live, coming to Blu-ray on November 9, 2018 via Surfdog Records. See the trailer and full tracklisting below, and if you want more family entertainment for the holidays, check out The Rock Father's Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies for 2018, a presentation of my Holiday Wish Guide™!

It's officially that time of year again... I'm sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte while beginning to write an awful lot about Christmas. Truth is, I've been working on Holiday Wish Guide™ off-and-on since May, and one of my favorite additions to that is when we get to start announcing new holiday music for the year. While my definitive list of new titles is just taking shape, today we have an announcement from Mr. Engelbert Humperdinck. As he continues the year-long celebration of his 50th showbiz anniversary, he's now decided to launch the next chapter of his career on October 12, 2018 with Warmest Christmas Wishes, a brand-new Christmas album – his first in almost forty years. Set for release by OK! Good Records, the new album is a mix of the classic and the new, and this morning the first gift premiered over at Billboard. Check out "Please Come Home for Christmas" and see the full tracklisting below...

When it comes to the modern era of holiday music, Mariah Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas is You" is about as close to a "standard" as you can get. It's become a staple that also hit the mark of the most-downloaded holiday single, and like all the songbook standards, it's been covered by a host of artists including Michael Bublé, Bowling for Soup, Lindsey Stirling and Idina Menzel among many others. It's also inspired a film and the success of the song led to further holiday albums in recent years. Now Carey is getting the Funko treatment, coming to life as a part of the Pop! Rocks line and her first figure is based upon her look on the cover of the album that spawned the hit - Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas. The Mariah Carey Funko Pop! Vinyl figure is available for pre-order now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

We've reached final countdown stage: Santa will soon be in the air, and the holiday stress level is about to reach its fever pitch. With that in mind, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to holiday music this year, but what if we lightened the mood with a look and listen to what some famous holiday songs could've been, had they been performed by someone else. Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs is back with EROCK on guitar for "Christmas Songs in Different Styles." You're gonna want to crank this one up...

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