Ne-Yo’s Holiday Music Gift Guide: Adele, Lana Del Rey And More

While R&B singer Ne-Yo gave the gift of R.E.D. to his fans in November, he has an idea of the gifts you should give music fans. Here is Ne-Yo’s list of ideal albums that will “definitely make you feel something” this holiday season. 

1. Adele‘s debut set, 19.
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“Everybody jumped on that 21.,” Ne-Yo said, referring to the U.K. singer’s latest album. “Go back to ‘Chasing Pavements.’ There is definitely something special in there.” [Gift Adele’s 19, here

2. Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die

“I would give Lana Del Rey’s album,” he told CBS Local. “It’s mood music. It’s emo and there is an element of hip-hop in the lyrical content. It is different, something to open your mind on.” 

3. Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society
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“I’m a huge fan of her voice, her talent. Again [it’s] real mellow easy listening. It’s about expanding your mind and getting into some of the intricate elements of Jazz.” [Get Spalding’s Chamber Music Society here.] 

4. Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect
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“I like her vibe. There is a vibe to her stuff that is refreshing. You haven’t heard anybody in the female R&B movement doing what she’s doing. She’s actually very cute too. Elle, holler at ya boy.” [Snatch up Elle’s Perfectly Imperfect, here.]  

5. RaVaughn Brown, Love Always 

“She’s a new artist we’ve been working with. We just put out an EP on her called Love Always. It’s classic ’90s R&B like SWV and old Faith [Evans]. It’s music that you feel.”

For more ideas for gifts the season, check out Your Holiday Hints

–E. Parker, CBS Local

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