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    Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:30:27

    Rod Stewart to Release "Merry Christmas, Baby" on October 30 - It's Rod's take on holiday hits

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    Rod Stewart, the newest world-class megastar to join the roster of the Verve Music Group (VMG), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has completed work on Merry Christmas, Baby, the first Christmas album of his long and illustrious career.

    The album will arrive in stores on October 30.

    So it'll be Christmas, around Halloween!

    "I have always been tempted to do a Christmas album," said Rod Stewart in a press release. "And now that I once again have young children, the timing couldn't be better."

    Merry Christmas, Baby is an album of standards and traditional songs. It finds Rod Stewart joined by a number of A-list guests, starting with Michael Bublé, who duets with Rod on "Winter Wonderland."

    "We Three Kings" is a duet with Mary J. Blige; and the title tune "Merry Christmas, Baby" is a duet with Cee Lo Green featuring New Orleans' favorite son, Trombone Shorty. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" features Dave Koz on saxophone; and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a very special "virtual" duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti.

    The balance of the tunes on this platter of holiday merriment and cheer is comprised of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Silent Night" and "Auld Lang Syne."

    The album's one original track, "Red-Suited Super Man," is composed by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster and features Trombone Shorty.

    We want to hear that "virtual" duet with Ella!

    Which holiday song is your favorite? Which Rod Stewart-version are you most excited to hear?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    09.10.12



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