Rod Stewart Xmas Album
Merry Christmas, Baby, is the first Christmas album by Rod Stewart and his 27th studio album overall, released on 30 October 2012. The album has proved to be a top 10 success in many countries including the UK, US, Canada and Australia. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2012 with over 1,000,000 copies sold in the US.
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Merry Christmas, Baby received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 53, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 6 reviews.
Merry Christmas, Baby debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, with first week sales of 117,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spent a total of eight weeks in the top 10. With total U.S. sales of 858,000 copies in 2012 according to SoundScan, Merry Christmas, Baby was the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of the year. The album was also the year's fifteenth best-selling album in the U.S. according to Billboard and the ninth best-selling physical album in the U.S. according to the Nielsen Company's 2012 Music Industry Report.
In the UK, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Official Albums Chart and has so far spent six weeks in the top 10. It sold 421,000 copies in the UK in 2012 and its current UK sales stand at 636,000.
In Canada, the album spent eight weeks in the top ten of the Canadian Albums Chart, with three consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot. It was the ninth best-selling album in Canada in 2012 according to year-end sales data from Nielsen SoundScan Canada with sales of 135,000.
Hard as it may be to believe, but Rod Stewart has gotten through five decades without succumbing to a holiday album. That streak ends in 2012 with the release of Merry Christmas, Baby, an easygoing and chipper collection of secular seasonal standards. A couple of carols are thrown in for good measure but these songs -- "Silent Night," "We Three Kings" presented as a duet with Mary J. Blige -- along with a mildly incongruous "When You Wish Upon a Star," slide by easily on the mellow big-band swing of the rest of the record. Song for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod's ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds, whether it's acoustic guitars, synthesizers, strings, or a children's choir on "Silent Night." Very rarely does this hint at the Rod of the '70s -- and when it does on the closing "Auld Lang Syne," its intro given a spare folky treatment reminiscent of his Mercury work, it's a bracing, effective reminder of Stewart's skill as a singer -- and instead relies on a gladhanding charm that suits the season, not to mention Stewart in his crooning dotage.
"I've been putting this album off for a long time, but once I knew I could get (producer and arranger) David Foster involved, I was in," says Stewart of Merry Christmas, Baby (in stores Tuesday). Foster, who has produced top-selling Christmas albums by Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, is chairman of Verve Music Group, the division of Universal Music Group that Stewart now calls home.
The album's 13 holiday staples range from Santa Claus Is Coming to Town to the title track, which features Cee Lo Green and Trombone Shorty. Other guests include Mary J. Blige (We Three Kings) and Michael Bublé (Winter Wonderland). Smooth jazz sax ace Dave Koz blows on Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!.
While Stewart is proud of the way he acquitted himself opposite the First Lady of Song, he is quick to pass on any other credit for the album's possible success to Foster. "He's as close to a genius with this stuff as you can come," he says. "He was the mastermind, I was just the singer."
In December, PBS will air Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby as part of its Great Performances series (check local listings). The special was filmed at a lavish Los Angeles villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean and will feature the album's guest stars as well as a new holiday composition, penned by Stewart, Foster and his daughter Amy Foster, titled Red-Suited Super Man.
(Sept. 5, 2012 - New York, NY) - Grammy Award-winning, two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Stewart, the newest world-class megastar to join the roster of the Verve Music Group (VMG), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has completed "Merry Christmas, Baby", his first Christmas album of his career, it was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group and David Foster, Chairman, Verve Music Group. Foster serves as producer and arranger of "Merry Christmas, Baby" which is set to arrive in stores on October 30th and is available for pre-order on iTunes today.
Stewart has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, received 18 Grammy nominations and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist and this year as a member of The Faces.
Exclaim report that Green is set to release, of all things, a Christmas album. After some hints earlier this year, further details have now emerged about the project.
Rod Stewart is getting in the holiday spirit with his upcoming album, 'Merry Christmas, Baby,' and he's giving fans a first listen from the disc with his version of the classic 'Silent Night.'
"I have always been tempted to do a Christmas album," says Stewart in a press release. "And now that I once again have young children, the timing couldn't be better. Additionally, 'Merry Christmas, Baby' gave me a chance to reunite with [producer] David Foster."
The album, due Oct. 30, also finds Rod sharing vocals with Michael Buble, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, and delivering a "virtual duet" with Ella Fitzgerald on a track. The disc is currently available in standard and special "fan pack" editions here.
Rod Stewart is getting in the holiday spirit with his upcoming album, 'Merry Christmas, Baby,' and he's giving fans a first listen from the disc with his version of the classic 'Silent Night.'\nRead More
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