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Cheryl Fernandez-Vercini.
Cheryl Fernandez-Vercini.
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The Christmas spirit has yet to envelop me yet.

My head is still in a summer place, I’ve only just put my shorts back in the drawer.

If you work in retail I’m sure you’ve been exposed to twinkly lights and fir trees since August.

You know the whole festive push steps up a gear when you see cute penguins in the TV ads. The fourth quarter is where the music industry makes the big bucks every year. So if you are yet to embark on your Christmas shopping I thought I’d give you a handy little guide for this year’s best CD stocking fillers.

Cheryl Fernandez-Vercini has released her fourth album ‘Only Human’ to take advantage of all the publicity she has received judging on the X Factor.

Speaking of Simon Cowell’s reality contest, his biggest success stories all have new records to flog. One Direction release ‘Four’ and Olly Murs is back with ‘Never Been Better.’

Take That are bringing out their first CD as a trio and judging by how fast tickets have been shifting for their arena tour in 2015, the album looks set to sell by the bucket-load.

For Mums, Barry Manilow has recorded an album of duets featuring Judy Garland, Whitney Houston and Louis Armstrong.

Pink Floyd’s final studio album ‘The Endless River’ may be a good gift for dad this Christmas. If you are a rocker you will be excited about Santa bringing you a copy of Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways.’

You may also be awaiting the return of Nickleback with ‘No Fixed Address.’

Christmas is as synonymous with Greatest Hits albums these days as it is with turkey and Paxo. Whitney Houston’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ has been re-released featuring an extra disc of her best live performances.

Queen have a new compilation featuring lost recordings and a duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

Once again it looks like Santa’s sleigh will be bulging nearly as much as Simon Cowell’s pockets.