8 Days of Christmas

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8 Days of Christmas
Studio album (holiday album) by Destiny's Child
Released October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
Recorded July–September 2001
Genre Holiday, R&B
Length 41 min
Label Columbia
Producer Damon Elliott, Kurt Farguhar, Focus..., Alan Foyd, Rob Fusari, Alonzo Jackson, Beyoncé Knowles, Errol McCalla Jr., Falante Moore, Willie Morris, Ric Wake, Erron Williams, Bama Boyz
Destiny's Child chronology
Love: Destiny
(2001)
8 Days of Christmas
(2001)
This Is the Remix
(2002)
Singles from 8 Days of Christmas
  1. "8 Days of Christmas"
    Released: December 16, 2001
  2. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    Released: January 3, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
People mixed[3]
Rolling Stone unfavorable[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[6]

8 Days of Christmas is a Christmas album by American R&B girl group Destiny's Child, released on October 30, 2001 by Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

The album contains seven traditional Christmas songs and four original songs. Most of them are re-arranged with up-tempo beats in a contemporary R&B style. The album was recorded in Summer 2001 in the United States, but Kelly Rowland stated during the "8 Days of Christmas" video premiere on BET's 106 & Park in Fall 2001 that parts of the album were also recorded in Japan during Destiny's Child's overseas promo tour. In the same interview, Beyoncé Knowles revealed, "Actually we wrote the song two years ago, when we went in the studio to do some Christmas something. That's what started the idea of doing a Christmas album."[7] The song "8 Days of Christmas" first appeared on the double-disc reissue of The Writing's on the Wall in November 2000.

Reception[edit]

8 Days of Christmas debuted at number fifty-nine on the US Billboard 200.[8] Five weeks later, it eventually peaked at number thirty-four.[9][10] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 3, 2001, denoting shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • Credits adapted from AllMusic.[12]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "8 Days of Christmas"   Beyoncé Knowles, Errol McCalla Jr. 3:31
2. "Winter Paradise"   Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 3:36
3. "A 'DC' Christmas Medley"   Johnny Marks, Steve Nelson, Traditional 3:59
4. "Silent Night" (featuring Beyoncé) Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr 3:41
5. "Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Solange) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone 3:36
6. "Do You Hear What I Hear" (featuring Kelly Rowland) Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne 3:47
7. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 1:42
8. "Platinum Bells"   Ray Evans, Jay Livingston 1:26
9. "O' Holy Night" (featuring Michelle Williams) Adolphe Adam 4:24
10. "Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day"   Bernard Edwards, Jr, Knowles 3:41
11. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor 3:38
12. "Opera of the Bells"   Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, arranged by Knowles 4:34
Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 65
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[14] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 60
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 24
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 134
German Albums (Official Top 100)[18] 80
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[19] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 117
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[21] 19
US Billboard 200[10] 34
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[22] 27
US Holiday Albums (Billboard)[23] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30) CD
Australia November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)
Europe[24] November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12)
United States October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18) DualDisc

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "8 Days of Christmas - Destiny's Child". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (November 30, 2001). "Music reviews on MTV TRL Christmas; 8 Days of Christmas; Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories; NOW That's What I Call Christmas!; Toni Braxton's Snowflakes; They Might Be Giants' Holidayland; A Very Special Christmas 5; Swingin' Christmas; and Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas Extraordinaire". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Chuck Arnold, Sona Charaipotra, Kyle Smith (December 10, 2001). "Picks and Pans Review: 8 Days of Christmas". People. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Hopkins, Tracy E. (December 11, 2001). "Destiny's Child: 8 Days of Christmas : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "The Rolling Stone Album Guide". Rolling Stone: 232. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Sal Cinquemani (November 11, 2001). "Destiny's Child: 8 Days of Christmas". Slant Magazine.
  7. ^ "Keyta's Vibe - DESTINY'S CHILD". Freewebs.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ Martens, Todd (November 8, 2001). "Jackson Leads Eight Top-20 Debuts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Billboard 200: Week of December 22, 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Destiny's Child. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "American album certifications – Destiny's Child – 8 Days of Christmas". Recording Industry Association of America. December 3, 2001.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ "8 Days of Christmas - Destiny's Child : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums – Week Commencing 31st December 2001" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 6. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Urban Chart – Week Commencing 31st December 2001" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 14. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  18. ^ "Destiny's Child – 8 Days Of Christmas". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  19. ^ デスティニーズ・チャイルドのアルバム売り上げランキング [Destiny's Child album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Zobbel. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2001-12-08 Top 40 R&B Albums Archive . Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "Destiny's Child Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Destiny's Child. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  23. ^ "Destiny's Child – Chart history: Holiday Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "8 Days of Christmas: Destiny's Child: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2011-02-20.