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Your Week in Music: Ready or not, Christmas music is here

The downhill slide to 24 hours a day of 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' has begun. (Source: GNU/MGN Online) The downhill slide to 24 hours a day of 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree' has begun. (Source: GNU/MGN Online)

(RNN) - We're with you. It's not even Halloween.

Linus has not yet wasted another year waiting in futility for the Great Pumpkin.

Campbell's isn't even yet airing commercials for Thanksgiving green bean casseroles. (What is it with Thanksgiving and casseroles?)

But Christmas music is in stores now, ready to be wrapped and stuffed into a stocking or an iPod of your choice.

While we are officially declaring YWIM a Christmas music-free zone until the day after Thanksgiving, we will indulge the need to shop a little early, since Thanksgiving falls later than usual this year. (We're all about providing safety for those hoping not to get into a fistfight over the last $2 Black Friday doorbuster.)

One of the most anticipated albums of the holiday season is newlywed Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red, out Oct. 29.

Heavy on Christmas bells and '60s sentimentality, the track Underneath the Three is one of a handful of original tracks scattered amongst classics like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. And yes, it does channel a familiar Mariah Carey holiday jingle.

Here's a look at some other new releases that will deck your halls this holiday season:

Jewel - Let it Snow: A Holiday Collection 

Duck Dynasty - Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas

Mary J. Blige – A Mary Christmas 

Il Volo – Buon Natale: The Christmas Album

Coming soon:

Susan Boyle – Home for Christmas – Oct. 29

Celtic Woman - Home for Christmas - Oct. 29

YouTube Music Awards nominees announced

YouTube recently announced the nominees for their first awards show, which will be live-streamed on Nov. 3.

The awards show will be comprised of six categories including artist of the year, video of the year, response of the year, innovation of the year, YouTube breakthrough and YouTube phenomenon.

The nominees were chosen based on their number of views, likes, shares, and subscribers since September 2012. Now, it's completely up to YouTube users to decide who wins.

In order to vote, visit the official YouTube Music Awards page (or by searching "YTMA" on YouTube), find which video you like the most, and share it on any social media website (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.). Here's the trick though, if a friend shares your share, it counts as another vote.

The awards show will be hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian/musician Reggie Watts. It will also feature live performances by big names such as Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., and Avicii.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

Sara Bareilles live in your living room

As captivating as she is on tape (uhh, mp3?), Sara Bareilles is even more enchanting live.

If you haven't been fortunate enough to hear Bareilles in concert, run, don't walk and pick up her new CD/DVD combo, Brave Enough: Live at the Variety, out Tuesday.

The full-length concert shot last May in Atlanta puts the fullness of her musicianship on display and includes a few surprises, like her cover of Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

"Elton John is a huge influence and an artist I've listened to since I was a little girl," Bareilles told Rolling Stone. "That song in particular, sort of took on a new meaning for me. I really started to dissect the lyrics and think about the storyline of that song: You can get handed the Emerald City but there's still no place like home."

Or, if you can't wait …

Kelly Clarkson married; Kanye West engaged

Well boys and girls, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West are officially off the market.

After months of teasing her wedding, Clarkson secretly "tied it up" with longtime boyfriend Brandon Blackstock in a quaint ceremony over the weekend.

She first broke the news over Twitter, tweeting, "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock :) We got married yesterday at BlackBerry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"

On Tuesday she tweeted a short wedding video for fans. She wasn't kidding about BlackBerry Farms being the most beautiful place ever; the scenery really is breathtaking.

And then on Monday night, West popped the question to Kim Kardashian in a rather elaborate way (surprise).

West rented out the entire San Francisco AT&T Park and proposed via billboard in front of Kardashian's closest friends and family. The words "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" flashed on the board while a symphony played music directly below.

Voodoo Music Festival

If you don't have Halloween plans, this year is the year to attend the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, they are headlining 15 large acts, along with a number of others.

A few of the 15 acts include Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Calvin Harris and Kid Rock - needless to say, it's going to be a jam fest.

This will also be the first year the festival is held in City Park's Festival Grounds, their permanent new home.

The Voodoo Festival will be held from Nov. 1 through 3 in the City Park Festival Grounds in New Orleans. You can purchase tickets here.

New Releases

Katy Perry: Prism - Oct. 22

Brett Dennen: Smoke and Mirrors - Oct. 22

Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt - Oct. 15

Anberlin: Devotion: Vital Special Edition - Oct. 15

Icon for Hire: Icon for Hire - Oct. 15

The Head & The Heart: Let's Be Still - Oct. 15

Upcoming Releases

Arcade Fire: Reflecktor - Oct. 29

Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped in Red - Oct. 29

Lily & Madeleine: Lily & Madeleine - Oct. 29

Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism, 10th anniversary edition - Oct. 29

Il Divo: A Musical Affair - Nov. 5

Celine Dion: Loved Me Back To Life - Nov. 5

And finally ...

Tina S. is a 14-year-old guitar player from France.

And unlike a lot of girls around her age who pick up guitar, she is not playing Taylor Swift.

This young prodigy has the speed to send sparks flying off a fretboard and make players twice her age cower in fear, then run to the practice room.  

Check out her Steve Vai Paganini 5th Caprice cover. The Steve Vai. The Steve Vai who reportedly practices 10 hours a day.

Jaw, meet floor.

If that fails to impress, here's her Eruption cover seen by more than 7 million on YouTube.

(And we don't want to hear "I can totally do that" if you're not prepared to send us a video to back it up.)

What we're listening to

The Civil Wars: Dust to Dust

Have a music tip? Drop us a line! You can also follow us on Twitter @AScottRNN and @ReporterJennRNN.

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