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 1999–2000
Genre Christmas
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 recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was released on October 24, 2000, by RCA Records. The album was recorded from late-1999 to late-2000, while Aguilera was touring to promote her first two studio albums: Christina Aguilera (1999) and Mi Reflejo (2000). My Kind of Christmas contains cover versions of Christmas standards, such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Angels We Have Heard on High", as well as several original recordings, which incorporate dance-pop elements. The album was produced by Ron Fair, The Matrix, Robbie Buchanan, Barry Harris and Chris Cox.

My Kind of Christmas received generally mixed to negative reviews from music critics, who criticized its musical style, as well as Aguilera's vocal delivery. The album peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold 1,015,000 copies there. Aguilera appeared on several television shows, such as The Early Show and The David Letterman Show, to promote the album, and also performed a special concert for ABC, which was released on DVD in June 2001, as My Reflection.

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 from late-1999 to mid-2000, when Aguilera was touring 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. "Christmas Time" and the "Diane Warren-written" track "These Are the Special Times", meanwhile, are the two "painful" tracks. "Christmas Time" and "This Year" are the two "hip hop influenced" pop tracks. "The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)" was remade as a dance-styled number, which is set to "a kicking dance beat".[1] "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" released as a single in late-1999 was included in the album.[5]

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] 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[5] 3/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly[4] (C)
Rolling Stone[9] (negative)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution[1] (mixed)

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] Jaan Uhelszki 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, giving it a mixed review.[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. Due to its chart success, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum,[2] having sold more than 1,015,000 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 1,015,000[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 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 Warner. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Erlewine, Stephen. "My Kind of Christmas by Christina Aguilera on AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ 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 "Christina Aguilera Album and Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Gary Trust (September 1, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey". Billbord. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Grein, Paul (December 27, 2013). "Chart Watch: Controversy Doesn’t Hurt Robertsons’ Album". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "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. ^ "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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