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Treat the ears of a loved one with a selection of fantastic musical treats this Christmas, ranging from educational tunes for toddlers to wrinkly Irish crooners for the grandma - with plenty of chart-topping trendy stuff in the middle!



Progress – Take That

Take That 'Progress'
The much-loved manband have combined with original member Robbie Williams for the first time in 15 years for this eagerly-anticipated album. The quintet's dance moves might not be so sprightly these days, but their power to entrance their adoring public with powerful tunes like new single 'The Flood' has not diminished. Could it be a magic comeback? The phenomenal sales figures for Progress certainly attest to that.

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Michael - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson 'Michael'
The curiosity surrounding the first release of new material in nine years from the late and legendary Michael Jackson has reached fever pitch. Did he actually sing on it? Was it all written by Bubbles? That kind of thing. The mystery about the ten tracks on Michael might never be solved, but there's something special about unwrapping the possible musical legacy of the King Of Pop, which focuses on tracks purportedly recorded in his last few years.

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Greatest Hits… So Far! - Pink

Pink 'Greatest Hits... So Far!!!'
Follow the wonderful evolution of the divine Alecia Moore as a recording artist with this collection of her best-known tracks. From the sassy RnB of her debut single 'There You Go' to the boisterous sounds of her latest anthem 'Raise Your Glass', this package hosts an array of sing-along hits including 'Just Like A Pill', 'Get This Party Started' and 'Stupid Girls'. If God is actually a DJ, he'd certainly give some of these Pink tracks from the past decade a good-old spin.

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25 – a-ha

a-ha '25: The Very Best of a-ha'
The melancholic synthpop from the under-appreciated Norwegian trio is celebrated in this career-spanning compilation, released to tie in with their imminent retirement. Hits like 'Take On Me', 'The Sun Always Shines On TV' and 'Cry Wolf' are among the 39 tracks featured in this double CD collection, which also includes lesser known gems like 'Cosy Prisons' plus last year's outstanding 'Foot Of The Mountain'. Morten Harket and the boys will be sorely missed.

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Record Collection - Mark Ronson & The Business International

Mark Ronson 'Record Collection'
Ditching the covers and horns from Version has worked wonders for Mark Ronson, with this '80s-inspired album packed full of synthtastic grooves and inspired collaborations. With not a filler in sight, highlights include the addictive single 'Bang Bang Bang', the emotive tones of Boy George on 'Somebody To Love Me', Rose Elinor Dougall's verbal sparing with Andrew Wyatt on 'You Gave Me Nothing' and Simon Le Bon's punchy chorus on the title track.

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The Wanted – The Wanted

The Wanted 'The Wanted'
Adored by hordes of young girls and guys, The Wanted are the freshest boyband on the scene – or at least until Simon Cowell foists One Direction on us! Featuring their anthemic smash 'All Time Low', their debut album wisely steers clear of bland ballads in favour of a curiously effective fusion of sounds that encompass rock, indie and pop melodies. Beware though – the recipient of this gift might go into a trance staring at the rather photogenic lads on the front cover!

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A Christmas Cornucopia – Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox 'A Christmas Cornucopia'
Who would have thought the androgynous lady who once belted out 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Missionary Man' would turn her attention to classic Christmas carols like 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'? A fascinating move, but one that works courtesy of Lennox's daring reinterpretations – such as giving 'The Holly And The Ivy' a distinctly African feel. A Christmas Cornucopia also features a stunningly emotive original composition entitled 'Universal Child'.

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Doctor Who: Series 5 - Murray Gold

Doctor Who series 5 soundtrack
A Doctor Who fan is for life – not just for Christmas! Treat them to this collection of music from the last series and they'll be happier than the current Doctor in a tweed factory. Composer Murray Gold certainly raised his game to herald the arrival of Matt Smith as the intrepid Time Lord, with his scores ranging from the bombastic wartime bluster of 'Victory Of The Daleks' to the intimacy of little Amy's yearning for her special friend in 'The Eleventh Hour'.

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Action Songs - Vol 1 - Tumble Tots

Tumble Tots 'Wiggle and Shake'
Babies have ears too – and they need nurturing! This collection of tunes is not designed for toddler headbanging, but is instead structured to develop the motor skills of agility, balance and co-ordination for those aged between 6 months and 7 years. The premise is that each of the 22 songs, with titles such as 'Bean Bag Shake' and 'Stand Up, Sit Down', feature their own specific action. It's a fun CD that parents will be unable to resist moving to as well!

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The Promise - Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen 'The Promise'
The Boss is back! OK, so that's hardly the most original way to herald the return of the New Jersey legend, but this double CD collection is rather special indeed. It features an abundance of evocative, socially-conscious tracks written for his acclaimed 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town, but which never made the cut. A wonderful time capsule of Springsteen at his most formidable, The Promise would delight any of his fans this Christmas.

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Glee: The Music-The Christmas Album - Glee Cast

Glee 'The Christmas Album'
Just when the Glee cast's rendition of 'Don't Stop Believing' had finally wormed its way out of our heads, they're back to sprinkle their infectious magic on a range of Christmas tunes. Fans of the show will lap up this yuletide treat, which includes holiday classics like 'Jingle Bells', 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' and 'Last Christmas' along with an intriguing collaboration with k.d. lang on 'You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch'.

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Now That's What I Call Music Vol.77

Now 77
If you're buying a present for a teenager and aren't quite sure where their musical loyalties lie, then send this fairly diverse collection of recent hits their way. The newest in the popular Now series rounds up 44 of the latest tracks to have taken the charts by storm, including the likes of Tinie Tempah, Michael Bublé, Katy Perry, The Wanted and Rihanna. Sadly there's no option to delete the Diana Vickers inclusion from the tracklisting, but such is life.

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The Best Of – Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado 'The Best of'
Not many could have foreseen the quirky lass who chirped out sweet lyrics such as "I'm like a bird, I'll only fly away" turning into a full-on 'Maneater' at the button-pushing hands of Timbaland. Both aspects of Nelly Furtado's 'game of two halves'-style career are showcased in this collection, with early hits 'Turn Off The Light' and 'Powerless' forming a fascinating contrast to the infectious likes of 'Promiscuous' and 'Say It Right'.

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O' Holy Night (The Christmas Album) - Gift Edition - Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell 'O' Holy Night'
Daniel O'Donnell may well be the antithesis of 'trendy', but plenty of grannies would have their cockles warmed by receiving the Irish crooner's festive offering on Christmas Day. 15 new recordings include his take on staples like 'Silent Night', 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'Away In A Manger', while the accompanying DVD features plenty of Christmassy videos and an exclusive greeting from the remarkably successful artist.

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Notorious: Limited Edition - Duran Duran

Duran Duran 'Notorious'
As Duran Duran gear up for the release of new album All You Need Is Now, with uberfan Mark Ronson on production duties, now is an ideal time to check out the recently re-released Notorious. It originally emerged back in 1986, amidst a time of huge turmoil for the band, but features a wealth of funky grooves and soul-searching lyrics – the highlight being their masterpiece 'Skin Trade'. It also comes with a live DVD full of their timeless classics - and rather dated outfits!

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Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection - Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi 'Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection'
A fine introduction to the iconic American rock band, this Bon Jovi compilation features 12 of their most famous smashes alongside four new tracks. It's nigh on impossible to resist wailing along to anthems like 'It's My Life', 'Always', ' You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Wanted Dead Or Alive. As for their crowning glory 'Livin’ On A Prayer' – just make sure you also include an air guitar and a few throat lozenges amongst the other pressies this Christmas.

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Loud - Rihanna

Rihanna 'Loud'
After her fascinating excursion into darker material with Rated R, the good girl from Barbados has gone back to her stomping pop roots for her latest effort. Full of the pulsating dancefloor-friendly tunes that first propelled the sultry 22-year-old onto the international stage, Loud includes current hit 'Only Girl (In The World)', upcoming single 'What's My Name?' and another collaboration with Eminem on 'Love The Way You Lie (Part II)'.

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Outta This World – JLS

JLS 'Outta This World'
Give your loved one a dose of formulaic and excessively autotuned RnB boyband material this Christmas, as JLS follow up their quadruple-platinum debut album with Outta This World. Featuring the number one singles 'The Club Is Alive' and 'Love You More', the record has helped to consolidate the places of Aston, Marvin, JB and Oritsé in the hearts of the mass public. It's quite amusing to think that the X Factor runners-up have outperformed several of the show's winners.

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The xx – The xx

The xx 'xx'
The South London band emerged from relative obscurity to scoop masses of critical acclaim and the prestigious Mercury Prize earlier this year. It was a richly deserving triumph for the entrancing indie pop melodies that pervade their debut album, with influences ranging from the Cocteau Twins to RnB. Atmospheric and moody, this record would make a superb present for an angsty teenager who could find themselves in the evocative soundscapes of The xx.

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The Ultimate Collection - Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand 'The Ultimate Collection'
There's a new generation of ears who should be receptive to the legendary chanteuse's music, thanks to the curiosity aroused by recent disco hit 'Barbra Streisand' by Duck Sauce. Educate someone about the magic of Babs with this compilation, which features classics spanning five decades including 'Woman In Love', 'Evergreen', 'Guilty', 'Smile' and 'In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning' from her most recent release.

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