Howie Dorough & the Backstreet Boys to Release Boy Band’s First Christmas Album “A Very Backstreet Christmas”

Howie Dorough is embracing the holiday spirit…

The 48-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys bandmates will be ringing in Christmas early with the release of A Very Backstreet Christmas, a collection of yuletide classics plus three freshly cut tracks, out October 14.

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For their first-ever Christmas album and first studio effort in three years, the boy band has recorded “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and other timeless numbers, along with new songs “Christmas in New York,” “Together,” and “Happy Days.”

 

In addition, the ‘90s pop superstars will release exclusive versions that include a 15-track CD through Target, which will feature bonus tracks “Feliz Navidad” and “It’s Christmas Time Again,” and a limited-edition red-vinyl on the act’s official store.

“We’ve been wanting to do a Christmas album for nearly 30 years now, and we’re beyond excited that it’s finally happening,” co-founder Dorough said in a statement. “We had such a fun experience putting our BSB twist on some of our favorite Christmas classics and can’t wait to be part of our fans’ holiday season.”

The Backstreet Boys are currently on the North American leg of their DNA World Tour, which kicked off in April with four shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Those dates are in support of DNA, the band’s 2019 album which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the act’s third No. 1, and first leader since Black & Blue spent two weeks at No. 1 in December of 2000.

DNA earned a Grammy nomination in the category for best pop duo/group performance (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”), and it marked BSB’s 10th top 10 album in the U.S.

Across their 29-year career, the quintet has shifted some 130 million records, according to BMG, which signed the BSB back in 2013.

Here’s the track list for A Very Backstreet Christmas:

“White Christmas”
“The Christmas Song”
“Winter Wonderland”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Last Christmas”
“O Holy Night”
“This Christmas”
“Same Ole Lang Syne”
“Silent Night”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“Christmas in New York”
“Together”
“Happy Days”
“Feliz Navidad” *
“It’s Christmas Time Again” *

*Target version only

Selena Gomez Curates Special “Cooking Together” Playlist for Spotify

Selena Gomez is hoping to answer your wildest streams…

The 27-year-old Mexican American singer/actress is among the artists forming part of Spotify’s new suite of celebrity-curated playlists in their “Listening Together” collection under the titles Together and ICYMI.

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The playlists and podcasts are intended to “bring a sense of connection and comfort to listeners when they need it most,” according to a statement from Spotify. 

The playlists feature lists pulled together by Gomez (Cooking Together), Dolly Parton (At Home Together), Normani (Working Out Together), Lil Yachty(Gaming Together) and Kiana Ledé(Meditating Together).

The playlists and podcasts from celebs, artists, podcasters and influencers will refresh weekly, allowing them to “share in users’ favorite at-home interests, past times and passions… based on the most popular home-based activities like cooking, cleaning, workouts & wellness, gaming and more.”

Gomez’s Cooking Together roster features several of her own songs (“Boyfriend,” “Vulnerable,” “Rare” and “Ring“), as well as songs by Fleetwood Mac (“Gypsy“), Kacey Musgraves (“Lonely Weekend“), Saint Jhn (“God Bless the Internet“), Parton (“He’s Alive“), Surfaces (“Sunday Best“) and Harry Styles(“Adore You“) and Kid CudiTaylor SwiftLauryn Hill,Amy WinehouseRoddy RicchClairo and The Weeknd.

Parton will help kick off the At Homeplaylist this week, which includes her own “Shine,” as well as tracks from Brandi Carlile (“Carried Me With You“), Avicii (“Wake Me Up“), Maggie Rogers, (“Light On“), Journey, (Don’t Stop Believin’“), Demi Lovato (“Skyscraper“), Lauren Diagle, (“You Say“) and Ashley McBryde (“Hang in There Girl“), as well as songs by Celine DionThe TemptationsKelsea BalleriniDermot Kennedyand Avril Lavigne.

Yachty’s Gaming Together pulls together seven songs from Solange, as well as a number of songs from Pink Floyd, and Lake Street Drive (“Mistakes“), Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“Hunnybee“), The Art of Noise (“Moments in Love“), Gorillaz (“Dare“), the La’sAriel PinkCautous Clay and Felix Da Housecat.

Normani’s gonna make you sweat with Working Out Together, featuring hits from Diplo (“New Shapes“), Mark Ronson (“Why Hide“), Kendrick Lamar (“Love.”), Snoh Aalegra (“Here Now“), Drake (“Signs“), Calum Scott (“Dancing on My Own“), as well as Crowded HouseCharlotte Day WilsonJess GlynneHushedRihannaBonga and Trevor Hall.

The ICYMI playlists include DJ sets from D-Nice‘s “Club Quarantine” and songs played during the super-popular “Verzuz” DJ battles.