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By SUN STAFF | December 19, 2002
By now, we've all had just about our fill of holiday music - and there are still six more shopping days left! Well, hold the reins there, Santa. It's time to break out the good stuff. Each year, a sleighful of stars delivers CDs of every color (but mostly red and green), and the trick is knowing what's inside the package before you open it. We've done the unwrapping for you. Sit back, put another log on the fire, and lend us your ears. First, the best: Los Straitjackets, 'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets!
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By Wesley Case | November 9, 2011
Very few rappers get second chances, but Wale did when he signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group earlier this year. "Ambition" - the D.C. rapper's sophomore album released last Tuesday - proves, at least from a numbers perspective, Wale deserved another shot at stardom. "Ambition" will debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 2 after selling 164,000 copies in its first week. Justin Bieber's Christmas album, the icky-titled "Under the Mistletoe," will be the only record above Wale's, with 210,000 copies sold.
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By Ben Wener and Ben Wener,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 19, 2004
Few musical things are more heartwarming and disposable than a great Christmas album. Think about it: Apart from whack-jobs who get the holiday bug around Halloween, the soonest most people buy a Christmas album is the day after Thanksgiving. And (though some Clay Aiken fans may insist they will play his new one year-round) most people pack away their faves after New Year's Day. That's roughly a month to enjoy your $10-$20 purchase - which typically is more than enough If you overdo it before Christmas Eve, you'll be tearing your hair out to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2010
Since the mid-19th century, a beloved carol about the Three Wise Men has celebrated a "King forever, ceasing never/over us all to reign. " That might not be exactly the way plenty of otherwise-normal human beings still feel about Elvis Aron Presley 33 years after his death, but it's within shouting distance. Especially at the time of year the singer known as the King of Rock loved most. "Elvis was a big Christmas freak," says Jed Duvall, a Presley impersonator who will share a Glen Burnie stage with two fellow professionals this weekend in a show titled, whimsically enough, "The 3 Kings of Christmas.
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By J. D. Considine | December 3, 1995
Midway through her 12 Days of Christmas Music project, my true love asked, "Do you really believe that older Christmas music is always the best Christmas music?""I don't know that I'd put it quite so baldly as that," I answered , happy to be back in the role of Mr. Music Expert. "But since tradition comprises a large part of the Christmas tradition, it's only natural to prefer the albums you've heard year after year." "OK, then," she said. "What would be your 10 favorite older Christmas albums?"
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | December 27, 2007
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Lyric Opera House plays host to a concert by R&B stars Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill and Raheem DeVaughn. Last month, Sweat released a Christmas album, A Christmas of Love. Gill, who replaced Bobby Brown in the group New Edition, is best known for his ballads. And DeVaughn, a Beltsville native who attended Coppin State University, released his first album, The Love Experience, in 2005, and his song "Woman" was recently nominated for a best male R&B vocal performance Grammy Award.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 6, 1992
As I entered my fourth straight day of listening to nothing but Christmas albums, one thought kept creeping into my mind: Do we really need a new twist on Christmas music?Somebody certainly seems to think so, because it seems almost impossible these days to find anyone willing to record familiar Christmas carols in old-fashioned arrangements. In the mood for a quiet choral rendition of "Silent Night" or a brass quintet reading of "Good King Wenceslas"? Tough luck, because you won't find anything so traditional or tasteful here.
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 7, 2000
ONE OF THE exquisite joys of the holiday season is listening to bad Christmas music, and this year there is again no shortage of stuff that will pin your ears to the wall. First of all, it's my sad duty to announce that Ally McBeal actually has a Christmas album out now called - get ready to cringe - "A Very Ally Christmas." Technically, of course, Ally McBeal does not really exist, as she is merely an irritating character on an even more irritating Fox TV sitcom. But Calista Flockhart, the extremely thin woman who plays Ally, does exist.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 7, 1992
There are a lot of different ways to describe a product' popularity, but "it's selling like a Christmas album in August" isn't one of them. Because, as everyone knows, nobody buys Christmas albums in August.Nobody except Garth Brooks fans, that is.On Aug. 25, 1,576,716 copies of Brooks' "Beyond the Season" went on sale in record stores across the country. A week later, it was the fifth best-selling album in the country. (Publicists for Liberty Records, which released the album, did not have exact figures, but sales were estimated to exceed 200,000 units)
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 27, 1991
Time to warm those little hearts -- and the larger ones as well.The holidays, of course, are coming, and so, are stories of the season.Several audio offerings highlight the holidays, starting with Leo Buscaglia's "Seven Stories of Christmas Love" (Nightingale-Conant Audio, two hours, $14.95).Mr. Buscaglia, famous for his lectures on human relations, has an approach tailor-made for Christmas. "The spirit of Christmas is love and love is universal," he says in introducing stories "for those who have no trouble accepting miracles."
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | December 27, 2007
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the Lyric Opera House plays host to a concert by R&B stars Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill and Raheem DeVaughn. Last month, Sweat released a Christmas album, A Christmas of Love. Gill, who replaced Bobby Brown in the group New Edition, is best known for his ballads. And DeVaughn, a Beltsville native who attended Coppin State University, released his first album, The Love Experience, in 2005, and his song "Woman" was recently nominated for a best male R&B vocal performance Grammy Award.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 3, 2005
Mommy's on the phone now. I'll do it later, OK?" Vanessa Williams says, her voice honeyed but firm. Her 4-year-old daughter Sasha is in the background whining about something. "I'm sorry," the singer-actress says, returning to the phone. It's after 8:30 in the evening and Williams, who's calling from her upstate New York home, has been busy all day with the kids (she has four) and making preparations to attend a cousin's memorial service in Maryland the next morning. Later the same day, she will board a plane to Los Angeles on business.
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By Ben Wener and Ben Wener,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 19, 2004
Few musical things are more heartwarming and disposable than a great Christmas album. Think about it: Apart from whack-jobs who get the holiday bug around Halloween, the soonest most people buy a Christmas album is the day after Thanksgiving. And (though some Clay Aiken fans may insist they will play his new one year-round) most people pack away their faves after New Year's Day. That's roughly a month to enjoy your $10-$20 purchase - which typically is more than enough If you overdo it before Christmas Eve, you'll be tearing your hair out to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."
ENTERTAINMENT
By SUN STAFF | December 19, 2002
By now, we've all had just about our fill of holiday music - and there are still six more shopping days left! Well, hold the reins there, Santa. It's time to break out the good stuff. Each year, a sleighful of stars delivers CDs of every color (but mostly red and green), and the trick is knowing what's inside the package before you open it. We've done the unwrapping for you. Sit back, put another log on the fire, and lend us your ears. First, the best: Los Straitjackets, 'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets!
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | December 7, 2000
ONE OF THE exquisite joys of the holiday season is listening to bad Christmas music, and this year there is again no shortage of stuff that will pin your ears to the wall. First of all, it's my sad duty to announce that Ally McBeal actually has a Christmas album out now called - get ready to cringe - "A Very Ally Christmas." Technically, of course, Ally McBeal does not really exist, as she is merely an irritating character on an even more irritating Fox TV sitcom. But Calista Flockhart, the extremely thin woman who plays Ally, does exist.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | December 10, 1998
It may be something of an exaggeration to describe Vince Gill as "a right jolly old elf," but there's no denying that he's a happy fellow.He's supposed to be talking about his Christmas tour (which plays the MCI Center on Sunday) and brand-new holiday album, "Breath of Heaven," but somehow, he can't stop laughing. It isn't that he's being silly or has been sniffing laughing gas; he just happens to be in an incredibly good mood.But who can blame him? He's about to spend the month of December doing Christmas shows.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 3, 2005
Mommy's on the phone now. I'll do it later, OK?" Vanessa Williams says, her voice honeyed but firm. Her 4-year-old daughter Sasha is in the background whining about something. "I'm sorry," the singer-actress says, returning to the phone. It's after 8:30 in the evening and Williams, who's calling from her upstate New York home, has been busy all day with the kids (she has four) and making preparations to attend a cousin's memorial service in Maryland the next morning. Later the same day, she will board a plane to Los Angeles on business.
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