A music streaming service has overhauled traditional Christmas playlists in favor of more modern mixes created with the real moods of the festive season in mind; reflecting the different ways we all celebrate Christmas in 2012 and the New Year, 2013.
rara.com - the easy-to-use instant music service - has enlisted the help of global music stars and names from the worlds of fashion, food, sports and entertainment to update its festive / holiday playlists and create hand-crafted compilations inspired by their own festive/holiday experiences.
Whether that's giving their fans music for the first Christmas with a new baby girl in the family (put together by six foot, 200lb NFL star Victor Cruz), songs to walk the wintry streets of New York City with (compiled by Smash star Megan Hilty) and even a high-energy playlist to help shed those pounds after all the excess of the party season (created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, the expert responsible for keeping Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, and other A-list stars in shape), these new playlists have it covered.
Other playlists include music for a hip-hop inspired Christmas party (thanks to UK rapper Tinchy Stryder), songs to keep you sane during the limbo-like break between Christmas and the New Year (courtesy of comedian Russell Kane), and even tunes to reflect on the year that was 2012 (from Canadian gossip guru, CTV's Lainey Lui).
The move comes as rara.com gives The Gift of music and launches its seven day free trial so these playlists - and many more already created by some of the biggest rock, pop, and urban artists in the world - are available to all completely free of charge.
Stars share inspiration for their playlists and a few of their selected tracks! (For complete playlist - please log on to www.rara.com - use voucher code HOLIDAY2012 for full access)
"Smash" star Megan Hilty
"Whether I'm on the set of "Smash" or on stage - music plays a huge role in my life. One of my favorite things to do in New York is to go for long walks and explore new neighborhoods. And there's nothing like walking around the city during Christmas-time. I pulled together my favorite songs in a playlist for you, available on rara.com - I call this my NYC Walkin' Mix!"
"When The Lights Go Out" - The Black Keys
"Awake My Soul" - Mumford & Sons
"Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey" - John Mayer
New York Giant Victor Cruz
"It's my daughter Kennedy's first Christmas - to honor this special occasion - I put together a fun playlist on rara.com of some of my favorite songs from now and the past that my family and I are playing to get her ready for the holiday season!"
"Mistletoe" - Justin Bieber
"Feliz Navidid" - Sesame Street
"Last Christmas" - Ashley Tisdale