Josh Groban A Collection, Album, Reprise, December 1 **
Modern classical music is a strange, cultish world - acts like Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins sell millions of records but I've yet to meet anyone who owns one of their CDs. Josh Groban is another weirdly huge star, with 25 million album sales behind him.
A household name in the US - and its biggest selling act of 2007 - this collection sees him launch a fresh assault on the UK.
Specially chosen for the British market, it includes his version of You Raise Me Up, later nabbed by Westlife, and a bonus CD of Christmas songs.
At just 27 he's got a strong, baritone vocal, that would send you all Christmasy if it was thrust at you, piped into a shopping centre during the festive rush, but operatic cover versions - who buys them?
M83 We Own The Sky, Mute, Single, December 1 ****
French electro shoegazers M83 release one of their more accessible singles ahead of their support slot on the Kings Of Leon's UK tour. But unlike their tourmates there's nothing predictable or dated about their sound.
Five albums in, their blend of futuristic synths and My Bloody Valentine's epic wall of darkness means they're as fascinating as ever.
We Own The Sky sees them delving into both Bloc Party melodrama and uplifting, spacey layers of synth.
Produced by Ken Thomas, whose alumni includes the likes to Sugar Cubes, Cocteau Twins and Sigur Ros, it's a more focused, determined sound, but without compromising that all important edge.
With the rumoured demise of LCD Soundsystem, M83 are becoming one of the most important electronic acts around.
Jon Allen Going Home, Monologue Records, Single, December 1 **
Much has been made of Jon Allen's indie credentials - he's clocked up 20,000 download sales despite being independent and self-funded - but the heckles of 'sell out' are already being flung his way thanks to the worldwide Land Rover ad' he lent this track to earlier this year.
The advert's due back on screens any day now - perfect timing then for a physical release of the record that's been whipping up a quiet storm.
With Rod Stewart's gravelly vocals and the wobbly headed wistfulness of David Grey, it's a well crafted, polished track.
A little bit folk-rock, a little bit country, it could see him snatch the MOR baton from James Blunt.