Front and center is a document allegedly leaked from the offices of Polydor that says Lady Gaga WILL be releasing a Christmas album this year, but only in the UK. Me, I'm not buying it. Why? Because it makes no sense. Gaga has nothing to gain and plenty to lose pulling a stunt like that and everything to gain and nothing to lose from a worldwide release. For an artist like Gaga, you either do a Christmas album or you don't. I can understand some of the logistics arguments that might be made. But still, for an American artist to release a UK only Christmas album is self-defeating. If logistics are the issue, it would be far better to release a digital holiday single this year and hold the full album for next. Everywhere. And then there's the whole issue of the Barney's deal. The New York department store is turning over their window displays and an entire floor to Gaga and there's no way you can tie that in to an album that's only available overseas. Not that any tie-in is required. But if you're releasing a Christmas record anyway, releasing it only overseas is a waste of an opportunity. At the end of the day, this sounds more like an attempt by the label to build domestic demand than anything else. Then again, Gaga is Gaga, so anything is possible.
Other Gaga holiday rumors have the Christmas release being EP length and coming in November.
We're still waiting for substantial news on Little Big Town's upcoming holiday set, though Karen Fairchild has revealed the titles of two of the tracks to be included. One is the holiday standard "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". The other, written by Mindy Smith and Chely Wright, is called "Santa Will Find You". The later previously appeared on Mindy Smith's own Christmas album in 2007, "My Holiday", and was covered by Poema on their digital EP "Once A Year" in 2010.
The folks from Glee have also leaked two song titles from their sophomore Christmas album--"Do You Hear What I Hear" and a Glee take on the Bruce Springsteen arrangement of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".
The band got their first national attention as contestants on Radio Disney's The Next Big Thing. They later appeared on the Disney TV show "Sonny With A Chance", promoting their debut set in 2010.
AllStar Weekend's sound is your basic bubblegummish (but trying hard not to wear it) Disney dance pop. I actually like the Disney sound. Quite a bit. But I do understand that puts me solidly in the minority in my age group (don't ask).
So why would an artist or record company release a Christmas album now? Usually, you want to ride the full wave of a record--especially a debut record--before putting out anything else? But Da Gospel Truth reports a Le'Andria Christmas album this year is a 95% certainty. Well, if the spirit so moves her, I'm up for it. I'm up for just about anything.