Christmas R&B 2013
This Christmas season has brought a surprising amount of holiday-themed R&B. There are full-length albums by Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton; singles by K. Michelle and Toni Braxton & Babyface; and soundtracks for Hollywood comedies like The Best Man Holiday and Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas. This short-but-sweet collection samples from these new entries in the yuletide canon. For starters, we suggest Ashanti's delightful "It's Christmas," Mario's enthusiastic cover of Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas" and R. Kelly's party jam "Christmas I'll Be Steppin'."