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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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