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Has anyone else been singing along to Last Christmas on your morning commute or have I been bitten by the Christmas bug a little too early?

I adore Christmas music and once December rolls around it’s all I want to listen to.

Whether its Fairytale of New York or Driving Home for Christmas, I’ll sing along to every classic.

And it turns out it’s really good for us.

A recent study has discovered that Christmas music actually has a positive impact on our health.

Researchers at McGill University explained that Christmas music makes us feel happy and upbeat because it can often trigger happy memories in our minds.

The team gathered a group of people to take part in an experiment to prove their point. They split the group into four and got each of them to listen to four genres of music- happy, peaceful, scary and sad.

The researchers discovered that when the people listened to happy music, they thought of happy memories.

Christmas music is one of my favourite things about the holidays so this news has made me feel pretty merry. 

I hate to say I told you so to all of the Grinches out there but… I told you so.


Trying to pick a favourite Christmas song ain’t easy, especially when there are so many classics to choose from.

However, there is one we can’t help but sing (screech) along to every time it is on the radio.

You know Christmas is truly here when you hear Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, and the Grammy award-winning artists is celebrating quite the achievement this year.

The songstress has claimed the #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her immortal holiday classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, 25 years after the original release.

This marks the first time in the song’s 25-year history it captured #1 on the respective chart after ascending to #3 in 2018. 

It also stands out as her 19th number one entry on the Hot 100, making history as the most Hot 100 #1’s by a solo artist ever and the second most Hot 100 #1’s by any artist – breaking a tie with Elvis Presley and one behind The Beatles.

Mariah even earned a Guinness World Record for the highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the Billboard Hot 100 by a solo artist.

The Queen of Christmas shines brighter, bigger, and bolder than ever.

If anyone needs us we’ll be trying to reach that famous high note and failing miserably.


Taylor Swift is set to release a new Christmas song tomorrow called Christmas Tree Farm.

The Lover singer announced the festive news this afternoon and we seriously need to calm down.


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She stunned fans when she revealed that the Christmas song will be released at midnight tonight (in the USA)

And that’s not all.

The All Too Well singer is also releasing a music video which is made entirely from home videos and there’s no doubt it’s going to turn us into blubbering messes.


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She jokingly posted a video of her and her cats to share the news.

The 29-year-old spoke to her pets in the witty clip, “I know this is pretty wild but I’ve just written a Christmas song. I feel like it’s weird to wait a year to put it out. So, I don’t know what to do.” 

Her three pets completely ignored her so Taylor decided to release the song herself, “When in doubt, ask the itty bitty pretty kitty committee,” she wrote alongside the video.

She added, “When they shun you with silence, ambivalence, and judgmental brush offs … just put the song out anyway.”


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Forget about Bublé and Mariah Carey! Taylor’s festive tune is bound to be a major hit. It'll be on repeat for the rest of December.

I’m counting down the minutes to its release.



Winter isn’t the same without Christmas FM so it is safe to say we cannot wait for it to return to the airwaves later this month.

The festive radio station is set to return very soon. They confirmed that they will be back on air on November 28.

Tune in to sing along to some of your favourite Christmas classics and hear a host of familiar radio voices, who will be volunteering their time to bring you round-the-clock Christmas tunes and sharing special Christmas memories and festive updates. The station will be broadcasting live on the radio and online at www.christmasfm.com.


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Christmas FM will be celebrating its 12th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €2 million for a range of charities. The stations charity partner for 2019 is Barretstown and Christmas FM wants to "press play" on over 850 days of life changing programmes at Barretstown, rebuilding the lives of seriously ill children.

The costs of running the festive station are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Barretstown.

This year, Christmas FM is generously supported by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post. The radio station will be broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who have kindly given the studio space for free.


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The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.


Robbie Williams will release his first ever Christmas album, The Christmas Present, on Columbia Records on November 22.

The double album will feature two discs – ‘Christmas Past’ and ‘Christmas Future’ – both including a brilliant mixture of original songs and special festive covers with some star guest appearances. The album is available to pre-order now.

The album will include original tracks Time For Change, Home, Fairytales featuring Rod Stewart and Bad Sharon with boxing champ Tyson Fury, plus the covers Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams and I Believe In Father Christmas.

The deluxe CD version of the album features another four bonus tracks including the duet It Takes Two with Rod Stewart.

Robbie says: “I’m beyond excited to announce my first ever Christmas album. I’ve done a lot in my career and releasing this record is another dream come true. Making this album has been so much fun and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

The Christmas Present is Robbie’s 13th studio album and another huge milestone in the glittering career of one of Britain’s most-loved artists. Written and recorded in a variety of locations including London, Stoke-on-Trent, Los Angeles and Vancouver, the album sees Robbie working once more with long-time collaborator Guy Chambers, who produced the majority of the record with Richard Flack.



Global superstar Michael Bublé has announced Irish dates at 3Arena Dublin on June 6 and SSE Arena Belfast on June 9, 2019.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 23, at 9 am.

Order the new album love from www.goldendiscs.ie before 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 18 for access to pre-sale concert tickets.

Love is Michael’s 8th major studio album, which will be available this Friday, November 16.

Last summer, the Feeling Good singer returned to the stage after a lengthy absence for sold out shows at Croke Park, Dublin and London’s Hyde Park.

Michael Bublé has sold over 60 million records worldwide, performed hundreds of sold-out shows around the globe, and won four Grammys and multiple Juno Awards during the course of his extraordinary career.

Tickets from €90.50 including booking fee for Dublin & from £80 for Belfast go on sale Friday, November 23 at 9 am.



The twinkly lights have gone up in the city, tinsel is starting to appear on every shop window, coffee shops are selling festive beverages in those iconic red cups- Christmas is approaching, everyone and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

This time of year never fails to make us smile. There’s a buzz in the air (as well as a chill) and we just can’t get enough of it.

Once Halloween was over we were ready to whip out the Christmas jumpers and Michael Bublé’s Christmas CD- it’s simply infectious.

Listening to Christmas music just seems to make the day that little bit more bearable. Christmas lovers will be overjoyed to hear Christmas FM will soon be gracing the airwaves yet again and making our commute to work a hell of a lot more bearable.

The festive station will return on November 28 and will fill your ears with merry tunes up until Christmas Day.

The station has partnered up with the wonderful Temple Street Hospital as their charity partner this year.

They’re hoping to raise a whopping amount of money for the children’s hospital and we’re sure they’ll reach their target.

“We are delighted to announce that Temple Street Hospital is the official charity partner for Christmas FM for 2018. We aim to raise over €200,000 to give the gift of life to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street Hospital,” they stated.

This year the radio station are on the hunt for talented singer/songwriters to enter the very special Christmas FM Song Contest.

Simply write and record your very own Christmas song or cover version and fill out the online entry form at www.christmasfm.com and you could be hearing your song played across the airwaves this Christmas! You can find out all the information you need here.


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Closing date for entries is 10pm on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

We are so ready for Christmas FM to make it’s long-awaited comeback.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…


We know Christmas is still a good few weeks away but we must admit that we are very excited to hear that one of our favourite singers is releasing a Christmas album.

Get ready to listen to this on repeat for all of December because there’s no doubt it’ll be playing on every single radio station during the festive period.

Following in the footsteps of Michael Bublé and Kylie Minogue, this Grammy award winner has decided to embrace the most wonderful time of year by releasing an album full of Christmas tracks.

Newly anointed EGOT winner and critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend has announced his first Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas.


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The album is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq and will be released by Columbia Records on October 26.

The All Of Me singer has enlisted the help of one of the biggest names in music to make the album even more special. Stevie Wonder will play the harmonica on opening song What Christmas Means To Me.


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The album will feature classic Christmas hits like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

John Legend’s album is bound to get you in the Christmas spirit, once Halloween is over that is.

A Legendary Christmas by John Legend will be released on October 26. Time to add it to our Christmas present wish-list.


If you find yourself gritting your teeth and clenching your fists at the first sounds of Christmas music, you're not alone.

Let's be honest; even if you're a massive fan of the festive season, the idea of celebrating it for an entire eight weeks doesn't appeal to everyone.

While you can quickly scroll by Facebook friends who post photos of their Christmas tree in early November, avoiding Christmas music can be a lot more difficult, especially if you work in the retail sector.

(Or an office with colleagues who would happily begin the festive season in May.)

And it turns out being subjected to an onslaught of Christmas carols can actually have a detrimental effect on your mental health.

Speaking to Sky News, clinical psychologist, Linda Blair, explained that attempting to tune out the likes of Mariah Carey, East 17 and Cliff Richard indirectly affects your brain's functioning.

"People working in the shops at Christmas have to tune out Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else," she says.

"You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing."

In other words, early Christmas affects your productivity levels.

Something to remember the next time you're passing the office Suggestion Box, right?


Niamh Geaney chats to lead man of Dublin’s Hunting the Brave, John Sadlier about his debut single, Dare to Dream (This Christmas). All proceeds from the sale of this great Christmas tune is going to Age Action, to make the festive season a little better for the country’s older people.

Dare to Dream (This Christmas) is available to download now on iTunes.



The festive season may be jolly and bright, but for Ireland’s elderly it can be anything but. As people get involved in Christmas activities and many clubs and organisations close for the holidays, loneliness can have a devastating effect on the older community – something that Age Action is once again highlighting this year.

Lead man of Dublin’s Hunting the Brave, John Sadlier, is raising money for this brilliant cause with his debut solo single, Dare to Dream (this Christmas). All proceeds from the sale of this great Christmas tune go to Age Action, to make the festive season a little better for the country’s older people. Check out the unforgettable tune below:

Hunting the Brave is an alternative folk band hailing from Dublin. Their music is a blend of alternative pop and the soft subtleties of folk, with a dynamic range of guitar and piano-led songs.

Along with John’s first solo single, 2014 has been a huge year for Hunting the Brave, who supported The Coronas and White Lies, and were also firm favourites at all the big festivals, including Indiependence. After all this success, John felt it was only fair to give something back.

“Christmas is an exceptionally tough time for elderly people who face loneliness throughout the year. When I wrote this song, I really wanted to use it to create awareness for those less fortunate than myself. I couldn’t think of a better charity to help than Age Action and I am delighted to be working alongside them this year. If I help one person I will be glad I could make a difference.”

Robin Webster, CEO of Age Action, is thrilled to be involved in this Christmas campaign. ‘We are delighted that John has chosen Age Action this Christmas. By downloading the song Dare to Dream the public not only get a great single but also help our work with vulnerable older people this Christmas’.

Dare to Dream (This Christmas) is available on iTunes from November 19th 2014. Follow Hunting the Brave on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news.