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 News Music Industry 04/12/2006

AOL Music Rings in the Season with Star-Studded Exclusive Performances, Album Listening Parties and AOL Radio Holiday Stations



NEW YORK, NY (AOL) -AOL Music (www.aolmusic.com), a leading online music destination, celebrates the holiday season with an extensive array of content offerings that will have revelers quickly making their lists and checking them twice.

Santa's little helpers in AOL Music's editorial and programming department have been busy all year long preparing to bring music fans of all ages the best holiday experience on the Web. From Divas Deck the Halls, where fans can check out songs and videos like Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' and Jessica Simpson's 'Let It Snow,' to Get 'Idol' Gifts, where the stars of 'American Idol' perform renditions of holiday favorites, AOL Music is your one-stop entertainment destination for all your holiday music this season.

Don't be a Scrooge: AOL Music's Ho Ho Ho! Christmas Comedy will put you in the holiday spirit with the funniest videos from comedians and musicians such as Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman. AOL Music will also feature the best in holiday merriment with A Very Indie Christmas, which celebrates the best holiday tracks from edgy alternative artists including Death Cab for Cutie's 'Baby Please Come Home,' as well as Classic Christmas, which allows fans to watch seasoned artists play seasonal songs like Run DMC's 'Christmas in Hollis.'

No time to attend a Christmas concert because you have too much shopping to do? Get a front-row seat to a special performance of James Taylor singing holiday favorites like 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,' from Taylor's recently released album 'James Taylor at Christmas.'
-Make plans for date night: check!

Then beat the cold by staying at home and watching AOL Music Sessions. This holiday season, AOL Music's Sessions Seasons Greetings will showcase festive performances to run through the New Year, with special appearances by Sarah McLachlan singing 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)', Taking Back Sunday offering 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' Ruben Studdard singing 'This Christmas,' Kenny G performing 'Deck the Halls,' Keith Urban offering his rendition of 'Winter Wonderland' and Stacie Orrico singing 'The Christmas Song.'

If you are looking for that perfect album to give as a gift or to help you enjoy the season, AOL Music has taken the guesswork out of this daunting task. Fans can log on to AOL Music's Listening Parties and hear new albums in their entirety for free before heading to the store. AOL Music will feature a variety of albums this season with sounds that run the gamut from heavy metal to country. Get into a festive mood and listen to albums by performers like Billy Idol, Chris Botti, Clay Aiken, Aly & AJ, Enya, Hall & Oates, James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan, Twisted Sister and Wynonna Judd, as well as compilations from domestic divas Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray.
-Finish shopping list and buy gift for Secret Santa exchange: check!

Why pull out those same dusty holiday albums that you've inherited from generations past when AOL Radio, a free service, will be offering the best in holiday music from a variety of genres and will feature XM Satellite Radio Holiday channels. With all these choices, AOL Radio is sure to enliven everyone's holiday spirit.
-Holiday tunes that will put everyone in the office in the holiday spirit: check!

Tune in to hear all the holiday favorites:
* Oldie's Holiday features classics like 'The Christmas Song,' by Nat King Cole, 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,' by Bing Crosby and 'Carol of the Bells,' by Percy Faith.
* Pop Holiday plays a variety of songs such as 'My Only Wish This Year,' by Britney Spears, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' by Christina Aguilera, 'Grown Up Christmas List,' by Kelly Clarkson, 'Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,' by *NSync, and 'O Holy Night,' by Josh Groban.
* R&B Holiday includes favorites such as 'This Christmas,' by Donny Hathaway, 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' by The Jackson Five, 'Every Year, Every Christmas,' by Luther Vandross, 'Silver & Gold,' by Kirk Franklin & The Family.
* Jazz Holiday includes 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' by Ella Fitzgerald, 'Baby It's Cold Outside,' by Louis Armstrong, and 'Jingle Bells,' by Diana Krall, to name a few.
* Navidad Latina features holiday songs 'El Burrito de Belén,' by Juanes, 'Mi Estrella,' by David Bisbal and Gisella, 'Canto a Borinquen,' by Jose Feliciano, 'Feliz Navidad,' by Garibaldi, 'Santa Claus Llega a la Ciudad,' by Luis Miguel, and more
* XM Holly features contemporary holiday hits mixed with a selection of traditional favorites
* XM Holiday Traditions plays recordings from the '40s through the '60s.
* XM Music City Holiday features country music's biggest stars performing contemporary and traditional holiday hits.
* XM Classical Christmas has great classical musicians singing carols we all know.

AOL Radio members can also tune into XM Special Christmas, which features comedy routines, seasonal insanity, parodies like 'Santa Is a Psycho,' by Dan Hart, and 'Merry Merry Merry Frickin' Christmas,' by Frickin A, as well as just plain bad holiday music.

Holiday performances and songs are launching now; check them out at www.aolmusic.com and www.aolradio.com.






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