Christmas (Michael Bublé album)

Christmas
Studio album by Michael Bublé
Released October 21, 2011
Genre Christmas, jazz pop
Length 51:44
Label 143 Records, Reprise
Producer David Foster, Bob Rock, Humberto Gatica
Michael Bublé chronology
Crazy Love
(2009)
Christmas
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Christmas is the fifth studio album released by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé. The album was released on October 21, 2011 in Ireland in Brown Thomas Dublin,[2] October 24, 2011 in the United Kingdom,[3] and October 25, 2011 in the United States. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in the US, selling 141,000 copies in its first week.[4] It attained a new peak position of number two on the Billboard 200 chart in its third chart week.[5]

Contents

Background

The album is Bublé's second Christmas-themed release, after he released a five-track EP in 2003 entitled Let It Snow. Some of the songs from Let It Snow have been re-recorded for inclusion on Christmas, making Christmas his first full-length holiday release. For the album, Bublé teamed up with several well-known artists to record duets. He recorded a version of "White Christmas" with country music singer Shania Twain,[6] and teamed up with Latin star Thalía for a recording of "Feliz Navidad".[7] Bublé has also recorded covers of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You", traditional songs "Jingle Bells" and "Blue Christmas", and a brand new track, "Cold December Night", written with his longtime co-writer Alan Chang,[8] and producer Bob Rock.

Promotion

Bublé will promote the album in the United States with an NBC TV special entitled A Michael Bublé Christmas,[9] a show is being produced by Ben Silverman and being televised in December,[10] and will also appear on The X Factor in the United Kingdom for a special performance in the final.[11] The album's tracklisting was unveiled by Bublé on September 27, 2011.[12]

Chart performance and sales

Christmas debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 in the United States, with first-week sales of 141,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[4] In its third chart week, the album climbed to a new peak position of number two on the Billboard 200, accumulating 123,000 copies of additional sales for a total of 353,000 copies sold since its release according to SoundScan.[5][13]

In Canada, the album debuted at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 37,000 copies in its first week.[14] In its third week of release, the album reached number one in Canada, selling an additional 32,000 copies.[15]

Christmas also debuted at number two in Australia on the issue dated October 31, 2011.[16] In its second week on the chart, the album was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 35,000 copies.[17]

Christmas debuted at number 3 on the UK album chart before falling to 5 the following week, in its 3rd week it climbed 3 places to number 2 and in its 4th week climbed to number 1.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"   Meredith Willson 3:26
2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"   J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 2:51
3. "Jingle Bells" (Featuring The Puppini Sisters) James Lord Pierpont 2:39
4. "White Christmas" (Duet with Shania Twain) Irving Berlin 3:36
5. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"   Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff 2:51
6. "Holly Jolly Christmas"   Johnny Marks 1:59
7. "Santa Baby"   Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer 3:51
8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 3:50
9. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"   Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich 3:07
10. "Silent Night"   Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr 3:47
11. "Blue Christmas"   Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 3:41
12. "Cold December Night"   Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock 3:18
13. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 4:24
14. "Ave Maria"   Franz Schubert 4:00
15. "Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad" (Duet with Thalía) Michael Bublé, Humberto Gatica, Alan Chang/José Feliciano 4:24

Editions

  • Standard edition: 15 tracks
  • UK deluxe edition: 18 tracks and DVD featuring 'Making of' Documentary (exclusive to Tesco)
  • US deluxe edition: 19 tracks and deluxe packaging and Christmas tree ornament

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[16] 2
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[18] 29
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[18] 48
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[20] 6
Finland Albums Chart[21] 22
German Albums Chart[22] 21
Hungarian Albums Chart[23] 2
Irish Albums Chart[24] 2
Italian Albums Chart[25] 6
Mexican Albums Chart [26] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[27] 12
Polish Albums Chart[28] 10
Spanish Albums Chart[29] 18
UK Albums Chart[30] 1
US Billboard 200[31] 2

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[32] Gold 30,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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