My Kind of Christmas

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My Kind of Christmas
Studio album by Christina Aguilera
Released October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
Recorded 2000
Genre
Length 45:25
Label RCA
Producer
Christina Aguilera chronology
  • My Kind of Christmas
  • (2000)

My Kind of Christmas is the third studio album and first Christmas album by American pop/R&B recording artist Christina Aguilera, released on October 24, 2000 by RCA Records. It is composed of cover versions of popular Christmas songs and several original recordings, which incorporate dance-pop elements. Its several producers including Ron Fair, The Matrix, Robbie Buchanan, Barry Harris and Chris Cox.

Upon its release, My Kind of Christmas received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who criticized Aguilera's vocal delivery. The record peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200; it was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 1,000,000 copies. Although no singles were formally released, "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" was released as a promotional single a year before the album came out and charted fairly well in the United States with a peak of 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1999.

Background and composition[edit]

A 25-second sample of "The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)", a dance number which is set to "a kicking dance beat."[1]

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Aguilera achieved her early success following the release of the two first studio albums, Christina Aguilera in 1999 and Mi Reflejo in mid-2000, both of which were certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[2] My Kind of Christmas was recorded in late 1999 and mid-2000, when Aguilera was going on her debut concert tour to support her two debut recordings.[3] Originally, Aguilera's idol Etta James was planned to be included as a featured performer on the track "Merry Christmas, Baby".[4] However the idea was later canceled, and Dr. John was chosen as her replacement afterwards.[3] It is a Christmas and dance-pop album,[5] which contains mainly cover versions of Christmas standards and several new tracks, including "Christmas Time", "This Year" and "Xtina's Xmas".[3] "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby" are the two "soulful" ballads from the album, backed by a 70-piece orchestra.[1] "Christmas Time" and the "Diane Warren-written" track "These Are the Special Times", meanwhile, are the two "painful" tracks.[1] "Christmas Time" and "This Year" are the two "hip hop influenced" pop tracks.[1] "The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)" was remade as a dance-styled number, which is set to "a kicking dance beat".[1]

Promotion[edit]

The album was released on October 24, 2000 by RCA Records as Aguilera's third studio album in the United States, following her two first albums Christina Aguilera (1999) and Mi Reflejo (2000).[5] It was released as two formats: CD and cassette.[5] "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" was released as the only single from the album in December 1999.[6] In order to promote the album, Aguilera promoted the album on a number of shows, including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Early Show, and David Letterman Show.[6] On December 10, 2000, Aguilera performed "The Christmas Song", "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants" during a concert at Franklin High in Milwaukee, being watched by 1,300 students.[7] She also performed during an ABC special concert later in December; the set list included songs from her three first studio albums, including a song from My Kind of Christmas, "Have Yourself A Little Merry Christmas".[8] There, she performed the track with Brian McKnight.[8] The concert was filmed and released as a DVD entitled My Reflection (2001).[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[4]
Rolling Stone[9] (negative)
Evening Mail[1] (favorable)

The album garnered mixed reviews from music critics, some of them criticized her vocals. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "none of the new songs are knockouts" but "it does suggest that she may not be a mere one-album wonder".[5] Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly thought that "Aguilera oversings so wildly that there wouldn't have been enough oxygen in the booth to sustain another life form".[4] An editor from Rolling Stone criticized the album as being "chilly, forced and overdone",[9] while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not impressed toward Aguilera's vocal ability on the album.[1] On the positive review, Andy Coleman writing for the Evening Mail praised My Kind of Christmas as "a stylish and soulful collection" of traditional carols and new material.[1]

My Kind of Christmas debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200,[10] and later climbed to number 28, its peak.[11] It eventually peaked atop the Billboard Holiday Albums.[11] Due to its chart success, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum,[2] having sold more than 991,000 copies in the country.[12] "The Christmas Song" became Aguilera's third top-twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 18 on the chart.[11] It also charted at number 22 in Canada.[11] By the end of 2000, My Kind of Christmas was the second best selling holiday album of the year, making Aguilera one of the four female artists to have the second best selling holiday album of a calendar year, among Amy Grant (1992), Mariah Carey (1994), and Jackie Evancho (2010).[13] In November 2013, the album entered the International Albums chart in South Korea at number 37.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Christmas Time"  
  • Chaka Blackmon
  • Steven Brown
  • Ray Cham
  • Alex Alessandroni
  • Ron Fair
  • ChakDaddy
  • Sol Survivor
  • E. Dawk
  • Fair
4:02
2. "This Year"  
4:13
3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Fair 4:03
4. "Angels We Have Heard on High"   Traditional
  • ChakDaddy
  • Sol Survivor
  • E. Dawk
  • Fair
4:09
5. "Merry Christmas, Baby" (featuring Dr. John)
Fair 5:43
6. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam Fair 4:49
7. "These Are the Special Times"   Diane Warren 4:31
8. "This Christmas"  
Fair 4:02
9. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"  
Fair 4:25
10. "Xtina's Xmas" (Interlude)   "Bassy" Bob Brockmann 1:32
11. "The Christmas Song" (Holiday Remix)
  • Tormé
  • Wells
4:01
Total length:
45:25

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of My Kind of Christmas.[3]

Recording places
  • Recorded at Royaltone Studios; Ocean Way Nashville and Signet Sound Studios
Personnel
  • Lead vocals, background vocals – Christina Aguilera, E. Dawk, Dr. John, Kim Johnson, Miari
  • Keyboard – Alex Alessandroni, BabyBoy, E. Dawk, The Matrix
  • TrumpetWayne Bergeron
  • Bass – Chuck Berghofer
  • SaxophonePete Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, Dan Higgins, Sal Lozano
  • DrumsVinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine
  • Violin – Mario de Leon, Joel Derouin, Assa Drori, Kirstin Fife, Armen Garabedian, Galina Golovin, Agnes Gottschewski, Endre Granat, Lily Ho-Chen, Tiffany Ju, Joe Ketendjian, Johana Krejci, Gary Kuo, Natalie Leggett, Kathleen Lenski, Alan Mautner, Francis Moore, Katia Popov, Barbara Porter
  • Guitar – John Goux, Ashley Ingram
  • PianoDr. John, Tom Ranier, Bob Sanov, Billy Preston
  • Trumpet – Warren Luening
  • Organ – Myron McKinley, Billy Preston
  • Producers – Ron Fair, The Matrix
  • Executive producer – Ron Fair
  • Engineers – Brad Haehnel, The Matrix, Michael C. Ross, Sol Survivor
  • Assistant engineers – Howard Karp, Chris Wonzer
  • MixingPeter Mokran, Dave Pensado, Michael C. Ross
  • Mastering – Eddy Schreyer
  • Assistants – Chad Brown, Bobby Butler, Brian Dixon, Tony Flores, Paul Forgues, David Guerrero, Michael Huff, Ed Krautner, Charles Paakkari, Howard Risson, Chris Shepherd, Jason Stasium, Bradley Yost
  • Digital editing – Tal Herzberg
  • Vocal recording – Michael C. Ross
  • Programming – ChakDaddy, The Matrix, Sol Survivor
  • Arrangers – Ron Fair, The Matrix, Don Sebesky
  • String arrangements – Ron Fair
  • Vocal arrangement – ChakDaddy, Eric Dawkins, Ron Fair
  • Orchestration – Don Sebesky
  • Art direction – Brett Kilroe
  • Design – Vivian Ng
  • Photography – Norman Jean Roy

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[2] Platinum 991,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Dominguez 2003, p. 180
  2. ^ a b c "Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d My Kind of Christmas (liner notes). Christina Aguilera. United States: RCA Records. 2000. 
  4. ^ a b c Willman, Chris (December 4, 2000). "My Kind of Christmas Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "My Kind of Christmas by Christina Aguilera on AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Dominguez 2003, p. 175
  7. ^ Dominguez 2003, p. 90
  8. ^ a b c Dominguez 2003, p. 181
  9. ^ a b "Shoddy and Nice Holiday Releases". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. December 13, 2000. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Snow Way!". NME. IPC Media. November 3, 2000. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Christina Aguilera Album and Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Trust, Gary (September 24, 2012). "Ask Billboard: Who's The Hot 100's King? Elvis Presley Vs. Lil Wayne". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Grein, Paul (December 27, 2013). "Chart Watch: Controversy Doesn’t Hurt Robertsons’ Album". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "GAON ALBUM CHART" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "My Kind of Christmas" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "GAON ALBUM CHART" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Christina Aguilera Chart history: Year End Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dominguez, Pier (2003). Christina Aguilera – A Star Is Made: The Unauthorized Biography. Amber Communications Group, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9702224-5-9. 

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