Holidays Rule Volume 2, a joyful and diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of convivial contributions from across the musical spectrum, will be released by Capitol Records on October 13. The pre-order launches today along with the release of “Wonderful Christmastime,” a spirited new version of Paul McCartney’s perennial favorite that was performed by McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in December 2016. “Wonderful Christmastime” is available today to stream, download, or receive immediately with album pre-order.
The set is a sequel to the popular 2012 collection, and features 16 new recordings by beloved artists including Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Rosanne Cash, The Decemberists, and Lake Street Dive, alongside up and coming artists such as Barns Courtney, Albin Lee Meldau, Calum Scott, Kandace Springs, and Vera Blue. The album delves into an unusually rich assemblage of Pop, R&B, Rock, Americana, Jazz, Mariachi, and more.
Holidays Rule Volume 2 lets today’s artists put their own mark on tradition by offering wonderfully fresh takes on holiday chestnuts old and new (Barns Courtney and Lennon Stella remake “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; Judah & The Lion reinvents “The Christmas Song”; Albin Lee Meldau delivers a soulful version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”), reframing songs for the holiday season (The Decemberists cover Big Star’s “Jesus Christ”; Norah Jones covers Horace Silver’s “Peace”; MUNA covers McCartney’s “Pipes of Peace”), unearthing rarities (Kandace Springs delivers a glistening new version of “(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag”; Rosanne Cash dusts off Louis Jordan’s “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas”; Lake Street Dive offers up the cheeky novelty song “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”), and contributing new songs to the seasonal repertoire (Grace Potter’s original song “Christmas Moon”).
The track listing for Holidays Rule Volume 2 is as follows:
Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots – Wonderful Christmastime
Barns Courtney Feat. Lennon Stella – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Albin Lee Meldau – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Calum Scott – It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas
Kandace Springs – (Everybody’s Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
Norah Jones – Peace (Live at the Sheen Center)
Grace Potter – Christmas Moon
Rosanne Cash – May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas
Judah & The Lion – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
The Decemberists – Jesus Christ
Lake Street Dive – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Flor De Toloache – That’s What I Want For Christmas
Vera Blue – A Winter Romance
MUNA – Pipes of Peace
US Girls – Blue Christmas
Andrew McMahon – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve