Entries in Annie Lennox (4)


Annie Lennox on Her First Christmas Album, Holidays Growing Up

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) --  She was born on Christmas Day, so it's amazing that Annie Lennox hasn't made a Christmas album before. But this holiday season saw the arrival of her very first: A Christmas Cornucopia.

It's a collection of traditional holiday carols that Lennox sang as a child growing up in Scotland. In addition to well-known songs such as "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "The First Noel," the album features songs that are not well known in America but popular in Europe, such as "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "The Cherry Tree Carol."

"I just had the best time recording this album," Lennox told ABC News Radio. "It's just beautiful. The songs I've sang since I was a little kid have lasted with me all my life. And I just knew, one time, [I needed to] put them down for posterity."

Lennox says she's not religious, but what appeals to her about these Christmas songs is the fact that, she says, "they've been going through the decades, and whole centuries, really, and still, to this day, they are fresh and beautiful and powerful."

As a child, Lennox says that she was always fortunate enough to receive both a Christmas present and a birthday present on December 25. However, she says gifts back then were very different than they are now: "I used to hang a stocking up. This is where you get really sad, folks. I would just get a tangerine and some nuts and some of those gold pennies with chocolate inside. And that was great!"

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'Christmas in Washington' to Air on TNT

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It was taped last weekend, but Friday night, everyone can watch TNT's annual holiday special Christmas in Washington.

The show, which airs at 8:00 p.m. ET, features performances by a very pregnant Mariah Carey, Glee star Matthew Morrison, opera star Andrea Bocelli, Annie Lennox, and Miranda Cosgrove, and is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

The show was filmed at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in front of an audience that included President Obama, Michelle Obama, and their two daughters.  The first family joins all the performers onstage at the end, and watch closely when that happens -- that's when, according to, you may be able to see Carey turn to the Obamas and whisper that she's expecting twins,  making the first couple among the first to know the news.

Carey opens the show with one of the original songs from her Christmas album, "One Child."  She also sings "O Come All Ye Faithful" during the big finale.  Annie Lennox performs "Universal Child" from her holiday album, A Christmas Cornucopia, as well as the standard "Gloria in Excelsis Deo."  Matthew Morrison will be seen strumming a ukulele and sang, "Mele Kalikimaka," a Hawaiian Christmas tune.

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Stars Perform for President Obama at 'Christmas in Washington'

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mariah Carey, iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox and Glee star Matthew Morrison helped the first family ring in the Christmas season Sunday night by performing at the 29th annual Christmas in Washington concert.

The event, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, took place at the National Building Museum and benefited the Children’s National Medical Center.  Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and R&B star Maxwell also performed for the president, first lady Michelle Obama, the couple’s two children and a Washington audience of VIPs.

The Washington Post reports Mariah Carey opened the show wearing a glittering maroon dress with a bow that dangled over her baby bump.  Mariah performed the song “One Child” from her new Christmas album, and returned later in the show to sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” during the cast finale.

Annie Lennox performed “Universal Child” from her new release, A Christmas Cornucopia, and also sang "Gloria in Excelsis Deo.”  Glee star Matthew Morrison sat on a stool and strummed a ukulele as he sang Bing Crosby’s Hawaiian Christmas classic, “Mele Kalikimaka.”

TNT will air the Christmas in Washington special Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Slew of New Albums Being Released This Week

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- The holiday season is officially upon us, as a slew of major artists all release new albums on Tuesday.  Here's a rundown of the acts who are fighting for your entertainment dollar this week:

After the darkness of Rated R, Rihanna returns with Loud, which has already produced two smash hits: "Only Girl (In the World)" and "What's My Name?"  Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Drake all appear on the album.

Following the less-than-stellar sales of his 2008 disc Brass Knuckles, Nelly returns with 5.0, which has produced his biggest hit in five years, "Just a Dream."

Pink's first-ever best of, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!!, includes all her smashes, as well as several new tunes, including the new single, "Raise Your Glass."

Kid Rock's new album Born Free is the follow-up to his smash hit disc Rock N Roll Jesus.  It was produced by Rick Rubin and features guest appearances by rapper T.I., Sheryl Crow and country stars Martina McBride and Zac Brown Band.

American Idol champ Lee DeWyze releases his debut, Live It Up, for which he co-wrote 10 out of the 11 tracks.

Annie Lennox releases her first Christmas album, A Christmas Cornucopia, featuring her take on classic songs like "The First Noel."  It also includes one new song, "Universal Child."

Glee: The Music -- The Christmas Album features the songs from an upcoming holiday-themed episode of the hit Fox series.

Billy Joel's comprehensive best-of compilation, The Hits, includes songs from every phase of his career.

Bruce Springsteen's The Promise is a three CD/DVD collection that documents the making of his 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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