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December 2020

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Dolly Christmas

Dolly Parton

Dolly Christmas

  • By Ken Werther

This holiday season, international superstar Dolly Parton has released her first full-length Christmas album in 30 years! Featuring a delicious mix of reimagined holiday standards and new originals, A Holly Dolly Christmas includes guest appearances by Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon (yes, that Jimmy Fallon!), Willie Nelson, and Parton’s brother Randy. Produced by Kent Wells with Dolly serving as executive producer, this is her 47th solo studio album. It’s only her third Christmas album, following Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers (1984) and Home for Christmas (1990). The album has hit number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Holiday Albums charts and it has received positive reviews from music critics.

Yuletide favorites on this new album include Holly Jolly Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Mary, Did You Know? New music includes Christmas Is, Christmas on the Square, and Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas (all written by Dolly), Pretty Paper (penned by Willie Nelson), and more. To help you get into the holiday mood, Dolly and Jimmy Fallon will be performing during NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony on December 2 and then, on December 6, CBS-TV is presenting a special called, appropriately enough, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly will be sharing personal holiday stories interspersed with songs from the album. Merry Christmas!

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood’s My Gift on HBO Max

Carrie Underwood

  • By Debbie Emery
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO Max

Carrie Underwood has evolved from being an American Idol contestant to the voice of Sunday Night Football, and now she’s set to take on some of the most iconic songs of the holiday season.

HBO Max’s upcoming streaming music special, My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood is the gift we didn’t know we needed. It sees the Grammy winner put her angelic vocal range and country twang to work to deliver unique renditions of classics — such as “My Little Drummer Boy,” which she records with her five-year-old son, Isaiah — and future hits for her first-ever Christmas album. Underwood also gets help from some older duet partners, like John Legend for new original song “Hallelujah” (co-written by Legend and Toby Gad). “Just like the album, I hope this special will help bring some much-needed joy and become part of the soundtrack to people’s holiday festivities this year as it streams throughout the season and beyond,” Carrie said in a statement from HBO.

The special is executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone. It is directed by Emmy nominee Sandra Restrepo, with production design by Tom Lenz and wardrobe styling by multiple Emmy Award-winning costume designer Marina Toybina.

Streaming December 3rd on HBO Max.

The Bee Gees

The BEE GEES How Can You Mend A Broken Heart December 12th on HBO (Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb)

The Bee Gees

  • By Paige Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO

Documentaries are currently popping up on every streaming service, but if you’re looking for one that’s about the very stylish 1960s and 70s, watch for The Bee Gees: How Do You Mend a Broken Heart on HBO and HBO Max this month. The doc (directed by Frank Marshall) has high quality, killer vintage footage including great black and white photos from the lives of the harmonizing brothers who made up The Bee Gees: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The film also covers the career and tragic death of younger brother Andy.

Their story mirrored many others — they wanted to be like The Beatles. They rose to fame pretty quickly and at the start it was a love fest between the brothers. As is usually the case, fame affected each of them differently. Unfortunately, fast fame and egos seem to get the best of all group bands, even if family. Then the competition between them happened as Barry and Robin argued over who would sing lead. After splitting up for a while, they rejoined to create one of the most legendary disco soundtracks of all time. Of course, that would be Saturday Night Fever, with hits like Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, More Than a Woman, If I Can’t Have You, and Jive Talkin’. In my opinion these songs are hands down the best music of the disco era!

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KYLIE MINOGUE

Kylie Minogue

KYLIE MINOGUE

  • By RICH ANDREW

To kick off the release of her fifteenth studio album Disco, Kylie Minogue delivered absolute ecstasy with her Infinite Disco concert. Glittering in gold, Kylie was a vision — whisking us off to an alternate plane of existence where disco gives life! A kaleidoscope of lasers carving beautiful designs in the darkness. An ever-changing stage heating up with that Saturday night fever. Dancers bathed in flickering strobes, basking in flashy sequins. And Kylie strutting through the center of it all as we bow down to our ultimate Dancing Queen.

She opened with Magic, one of the lead singles off the album. The track is everything you want it to be, indeed serving up that magical 70’s nostalgia yet written with a modern electronica vibe. Each track is sheer escapism, one outdoing the next in utter fabulosity with particular standouts like Supernova and I Love It surely getting stuck on repeat. That signature disco sound can be found on Where Does The DJ Go? and Miss A Thing, songs so infectious they’ll have you bumping hips and lusting for that long-lost dance floor. And daring you to belt out your inner diva are ballads like Say Something and Celebrate You that make for the perfect sing-along. Disco is now streaming on all platforms, and the album is more than pure magic; it’s heaven.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

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