Monday, December 20, 2010

Treat Yourself To New Pop Hits, International Christmas Carols, and Styles

It's the season of giving, and our gift to you is a bunch of great new songs and styles you can load up on your keyboard now at a 20% discount!*  Between new hits from Bruno Mars and Lady Antebellum, favorites from Michael Jackson and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, international Christmas carols, as well as great new styles, there's enough fresh music for your keyboard available this week to last you into 2011 and beyond.

New Hit Songs

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Not to be confused with the Billy Joel hit, this tune could only have been produced in 2010. Alternating between a hip hop beat on the verses and a straight dance beat on the soaring choruses, it's a big chunk of pop gold that's topping the charts all around the world.

Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
With a beautiful, delicate country arrangement and a melody full of longing, this has all the makings of a song that will live on through the years. One of the biggest country hits of 2010, "Need You Now" was also nominated for this year's "Song of the Year" Grammy award.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This medley of two legendary ballads was arranged for voice and ukulele by the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in 1993, and over the years it's become one of the most famous renditions of these songs. It has been heard in a number of films and television shows ("You've Got Mail", "ER", "American Idol"), and most recently hit the German pop charts in October.

Black or White - Michael Jackson
This groundbreaking single was Michael Jackson's biggest hit of the 90s. Though it's not technically a holiday song, its message of reconciliation and harmony is certainly in tune with the season. Plus, Macauly Culkin - star of the classic holiday movie Home Alone - features prominently in the music video!

Stay the Night - James Blunt
A brand new slice of sunny good time pop from the "You're Beautiful" singer that's sure to bring some bright, upbeat vibes to your keyboard this winter.

Wonderful Life - Hurts
Euro-pop at its finest, "Wonderful Life" features brooding synthesizers and captivating arrangement that makes the reinvents 80s sounds, making them sound totally fresh.

Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds
One of the 80s most recognizable songs, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" soundtracks the famous final scene of The Breakfast Club. Together, this movie and song defined a specific moment in time that still resonates today.

New Styles

A unique combination of Caribbean rhythms and holiday cheer, this fun Caribbean style features a variety of percussion, including cowbell and wood blocks, along with sleigh bells and sparkly synthesizers.

Uni Beat
A funky, hip hop inspired pop beat alongside piano, strings and acoustic guitar.

New International Christmas Songs

Nur wer nach träumen kann - Helene Fischer
German Christmas Pop

Santa's Party - Nick and Simon
Dutch Christmas Pop

Keep reading for more international Christmas songs, including French, Scandinavian and Dutch carols and Christmas pop songs.

* 20% discount on downloadable songs and styles runs until 12am EST December 26th.
Jeg Er Saa Glad Hver Lukeveld - Oslo Gospel Choir
Traditional Norwegian Christmas Carol

När Vi Närmer Oss July - Amy Diamond
Swedish Christmas Pop

Vi Oensker Jer En Glaedelig Jul - Tommy Seebah and Anette Heick
Danish Christmas Pop

Samen in een Arreslee - Rene Schuurmans
Dutch Christmas Pop

Gdy sie Chrystus rodzi
Traditional Polish Christmas Carol, with Modern Arrangement

Uz zahy prijde vzac (Der Heiland)
Traditional Czech Christmas Carol, with Modern Arrangement

Joyeux Noel - La Compagnie Creole
Traditional French Christmas Carol, with Swing Arrangement

The Christmas Song - Joy Finland Orchestra
Traditional Christmas Carol, with French Lyrics and Swing Arrangement

Hijo de la Luna - Loona
Spanish Christmas Pop

Der Heiland ist Geboren
Traditional Austrian Christmas Carol

- Doug