Weekly US music releases: Elvis and Huey, plus Mariah's Christmas songs

On November 2, Elvis Costello delivers a new album, Huey Lewis and the News releases their first in nine years and Mariah Carey sings her second collection of Christmas songs.

Elvis Costello, National Ransom
Elvis Costello teams up with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett ( Crazy Heart) for a new album with members of bands the Imposters and Sugarcanes. The 16-track collection on Concord/Hear Music features special guests Vince Gill and Leon Russell. The songs include original compositions, a collaboration with Burnett and "My Lovely Jezebel" by Leon Russell.
http://www.elviscostello.com

Huey Lewis and the News, Soulsville
The band's first album in nine years, sitting at number 8 on Amazon's Soul/R&B chart, features 14 hits in a tribute to the legacy of 1960s soul label Stax Records ,which produced artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Isaac Hayes. Huey Lewis reunites with his band The News to record in Memphis for W.O.W. Records, covering a selection including the Staple Singers' ''Respect Yourself'' and ''Got To Get You Off My Mind'' from the late Solomon Burke. http://www.hueylewis.com

Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas II You
A new set of 13 pop/R&B-styled holiday songs, from traditional tunes to originals, leads with the single "Oh Santa." From Island/Def Jam Music, there's an updated version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," from Mariah's 1994 collection, and the fun "Charlie Brown Christmas." Produced by American Idol's Randy Jackson, Jermaine Dupri and more. The deluxe CD package includes a 40-page photo album, gift tags and collectible butterfly holiday ornament, wrapped in a golden box.
http://www.mariahcarey.com

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