Must-have products The Centrale Christmas Shopping List – Music to your ears

It’s December, which means it’s officially Christmas month! Centrale shopping centre has been thinking about music to play in the centre from festive themed tunes to the top tracks from the past year. This got us to compiling our best picks from the music industry to add to our Christmas Shopping List.

We kindly direct our Croydon regulars to HMV and 101 Records for the best selections of music CD and DVD compilations.

New for Christmas

For those looking to heat up the winter evenings, the release of Rihanna’s new album Talk that Talk should add some sultry sex appeal to any Christmas party or get-together.

The X Factor’s Olly Murs returns to the public conscious with his sophomore album In Case You Didn’t Know which sees him warble over some brand spanking new tracks! Emotive ballads meet some good fashioned 50’s inspired rock ‘n’ roll.

Bestsellers

The music world’s most audacious singer Lady Gaga came back this year with the terrific new album Born This Way. It’s already an album that has heard plenty of play on the radio and in the clubs so why not get it as a gift for someone you know who would go Gaga for it!

For some live performance action of everybody’s favourite comeback band Take That, experience their international tour called Progress – with cuts off their latest album Progressed mixed in with classic hits of days gone by.

Take That weren’t the only old school band to see a new album released this year – Coldplay joined the ranks too with the phenomenal Mylo Xyloto. This is an incredibly diverse album inspired by industrial rock and electro-pop.

Flo and the Mac are back! This is an upbeat, soulful experience with Florence’s vocals raising up the night sky and creating melodic symphonies of pure precision and beauty. Ceremonials is one of 2011’s best albums. “Shake it out” being the finest track on the list.

Who could forget about Adele? If 2011 belonged to one solo artists it would mos certainly be Adele. Her voice is simply stunning in every respect and her album 21 is the perfect follow-up to her debut 19. The hits on this must-have piece of music history are “Rolling in the deep” and “Someone like you.”

Compilations

It isn’t Christmas without compilation CD’s, whether they are festive based in theme or merely great end of year anthologies.

Michael Buble is here to get fans into the Christmas spirit with some familiar festive favourites from “Jingle Bells” to “White Christmas” on his special edition album simply entitled Christmas.  It’s a little cheesy of course but it’s perfect for any Xmas party.

Who can say no to a bit of old Cliff Richard at this time of year? For some he’s an acquired taste but he is clearly a favourite for an older generation come yuletide. This live in concert DVD called Bold as Brass is a great gift for anyone in the family you know who appreciates both his music and live performances.

Speaking of great performers this Christmas see the return of the one and only Michael Jackson in this 2CD compilation spectacular called Immortal arranged by futuristic circus troupe Cirque du Soleil mixing up some iconic Jackson classics with new vibrant forms, arrangements and sounds.

Another great performer, sadly no longer with us, is the magnificent Amy Winehouse. This new album in the wake of her untimely passing is called Lioness: Hidden Treasures which sees the release of previously unheard material. It’s both stunning and moving.

And that’s our rundown of the top Christmas presents to get for the musically inclined this December. Keep your eyes out for the next Christmas Shopping List blog from Centrale for the best gift ideas.

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