Music releases: Xmas comes early with Bob Dylan holiday album

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Legendary American folk-rock singer Bob Dylan drops the charity holiday album, Christmas in the Heart. Also on deck for October 13: R&B singer Mario makes a bid for superstar of the genre with his fourth album, D.N.A. A selection of releases is as follows.

October 13
Bob Dylan, Christmas in the Heart
Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart is the American folk-rocker's first covers album of holiday songs. All US royalties from the record will be donated to Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), the leading hunger-relief charity in the US. Christmas in the Heart features covers of "Must Be Santa," "Little Drummer Boy," "Winter Wonderland" and "Here Comes Santa Claus."
Genre: Rock
Label: Columbia

Mario, D.N.A.
American R&B singer-actor Mario releases his fourth studio album, D.N.A., with help from American record producers The-Dream (Rihanna) and Babyface (Madonna). Mario has long been considered the runner-up male R&B superstar of the moment, second to American R&B singer Chris Brown. Given Brown's current travails with the law (performing prolonged community service for an alleged assault), all eyes are on Mario to possibly assume the crown of R&B king with D.N.A.
Genre: R&B
Label: J

Neil Diamond, A Cherry Cherry Christmas
The Flaming Lips, Embryonic