Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas

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Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas
Studio album by The Robertsons
Released October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Genre Christmas
Label UMG Nashville
Producer Buddy Cannon

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is the first full-length Christmas album from the cast of A&E reality television series Duck Dynasty, released October 29, 2013, via UMG Nashville.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The announcement of the album came on June 10, 2013 in the Music City Center during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. It was revealed that Buddy Cannon is producing the album, and that it features the family's “special brand of Southern, down-home sense of humor.”[3] CEO of Duck Commander, Willie Robertson, was quoted as saying, "Christmas is an important holiday for us not only because of our strong faith but also our holiday family traditions. We're having a great time making this album. We hope you enjoy it."[1]

Recording[edit]

The album features a number of traditional seasonal songs as well as originals written and performed by the Robertsons. Special guests include country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss.[4]

Release[edit]

Walmart released an exclusive 'ZinePak deluxe edition of Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. The limited-edition package features the full-length album, plus one additional bonus track ("Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy"), as well as a 64-page magazine with exclusive family interviews, photos, fun facts, holiday recipes, scented Christmas ornament, and gift-tag stickers.[5] Walmart let voters decide between the choice of three covers which one will be on the special release.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Country Weekly B+[7]
GotCountryOnline 3/5 stars[8]
Confront Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
Montreal Gazette 4/5 stars[10]

Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas garnered mostly positive reception from music critics. Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly gave the album a B+ rating and states: "If you're a big fan of the Robertson family from the hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty (i.e., you buy every piece of merch bearing Willie's or Uncle Si's photo or the expression "Happy, Happy, Happy"), then get your wallet out. You're not going to want to go through this holiday season without Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.[7] Writing for Roughstock, Matt Bjorke adds: "It may come off as a bit of a novelty album people who don't follow the program but that doesn't mean it's not a well-made album, which Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas most definitely is."[11] Daryl Addison of Great American Country writes: "Duck the Halls is a friendly celebration of the season that will have fans of Duck Dynasty asking for seconds."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, selling 69,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was behind another holiday album, Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red, which debuted at number 3 with 70,000 copies.[13] In its second week of release, Duck the Halls remained at number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, seeing a slight sales increase to 73,000 copies.[14] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on December 11, 2013,[15] and it became the second best-selling Christmas album of 2013.[16] As of January 8, 2014, Duck the Halls has sold 750,000 copies in the United States.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Source:[2][18]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas" (Willie Robertson) Willie Robertson, Dallas Davidson 3:27
2. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Missy Robertson) Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram 3:50
3. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (Si Robertson) Theodor S. Geisel, Albert Hague 3:04
4. "Christmas Cookies" (Phil Robertson and George Strait with Miss Kay) Aaron Barker 3:18
5. "Away in a Manger" (Sadie Robertson with Alison Krauss, Luke 2: 8-14 Scripture Reading by Mia) Traditional 4:03
6. "Hairy Christmas" (Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan with Phil, Uncle Si, Jase, Jep) Chancie Neal, Jimmy Melton, Michael Mobley 3:30
7. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Missy and Jase Robertson) Frank Loesser 3:45
8. "Duck the Halls" (Robertson Family) Buddy Cannon, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson 2:29
9. "Camouflage And Christmas Lights" (Reed Robertson) Michael Logen, Andrew Dorff 3:29
10. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Sadie Robertson and Robertson kids with Uncle Si) Johnny Marks 2:41
11. "The Night Before Christmas" (Si Robertson) Willie Robertson 3:41
12. "Why I Love Christmas" (Missy Robertson with Josh Turner) Josh Turner 3:32
13. "Silent Night" (Robertson family) Traditional 4:19
14. "Phil’s Prayer, Willie’s Closing"     1:10

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 8
US Billboard 200[21] 3
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[22] 1
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[23] 1
Preceded by
Crash My Party by Luke Bryan
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 16–December 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences by Garth Brooks

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'Duck Dynasty' Family to Release Christmas Album". Yahoo! Music. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Stark, Phyllis (10 June 2013). "Duck the Halls CMA Music Festival’s day three highlights". MSN. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Weber, Katherine (October 1, 2013). "'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Album to Feature Country Stars Luke Bryan, George Strait (Promo VIDEO)". The Christian Post. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas 'ZinePak". Walmart.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Walmart on Facebook". Facebook. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Ragusa, Tammy (November 12, 2013). "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Country Weekly. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Toro, Tara (October 31, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". GotCountryOnline. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ Vosburgh, Kelsie (November 10, 2013), Review:Duck the Halls - A Robertson Family Christmas, retrieved December 16, 2013 
  10. ^ O’Meara, Jamie (December 17, 2013), Christmas album reviews: From Kelly Clarkson to Duck Dynasty, Montreal Gazette, retrieved December 17, 2013 
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (18 November 2013). "Album Review: Duck Dynasty's "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas"". Roughstock. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Addison, Daryl (24 November 2013). "GAC Album Review: Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas". Great American Country. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (6 November 2013). "Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Bjorke, Matt (13 November 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of November 13, 2013: Duck Dynasty's The Robertson Family Stay at #1 Album With "Duck The Halls" Christmas Recording". Roughstock. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database#
  16. ^ Paul Grein (January 2, 2014). "Chart Watch: The Top 10 Christmas Albums of 2013". Yahoo Music. 
  17. ^ Bjorke, Matt (8 January 2014). "The Week of January 8, 2013: With news on latest albums from Luke, Garth, Cassadee, Danielle and Scotty". Roughstock. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "DUCK THE HALLS: A ROBERTSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS RELEASES SOON!". UMG Nashville. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (Walmart Exclusive)". Walmart.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "The Robertsons Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for The Robertsons. Prometheus Global Media.
  21. ^ "The Robertsons Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Robertsons. Prometheus Global Media.
  22. ^ "The Robertsons Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for The Robertsons. Prometheus Global Media.
  23. ^ "The Robertsons Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Holiday Albums for The Robertsons. Prometheus Global Media. 
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Robertson Family – Duck the Halls". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ "American album certifications – The Robertsons – Duck the Halls". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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