is the third My Kind of Christmas 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: (1999) and Christina Aguilera (2000). Mi Reflejo 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. and was certified Billboard 200 platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold 1,015,000 copies there. Aguilera appeared on several television shows, such as and The Early Show , to promote the album, and also performed a special concert for The David Letterman Show ABC, which was released on DVD in June 2001, as . My Reflection
Background and composition [ edit ]
Aguilera achieved her early success following the release of the two first
studio albums, in 1999 and Christina Aguilera in mid-2000, both of which were certified Mi Reflejo 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. Originally, Aguilera's idol [3 ] Etta James was planned to be included as a featured performer on the track "Merry Christmas, Baby". However the idea was later canceled, and [4 ] Dr. John was chosen as her replacement afterwards. It is a [3 ] Christmas and dance-pop album, which contains mainly [5 ] 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". "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" released as a single in late-1999 was included in the album. [1 ] [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 (1999) and Christina Aguilera (2000). Mi Reflejo It was released as two formats: [5 ] CD and cassette. In order to promote the album, Aguilera promoted the album on a number of shows, including [5 ] , The Rosie O'Donnell Show , and The Early Show . David Letterman Show On December 10, 2000, Aguilera performed "The Christmas Song", " [6 ] Genie in a Bottle" and " What a Girl Wants" during a concert at Franklin High in Milwaukee, being watched by 1,300 students. She also performed during an [7 ] 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". There, she performed the track with [8 ] Brian McKnight. The concert was filmed and released as a [8 ] DVD entitled (2001). My Reflection [8 ]
Reception [ edit ]
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". Chris Willman from [5 ] thought that "Aguilera oversings so wildly that there wouldn't have been enough oxygen in the booth to sustain another life form". Entertainment Weekly Jaan Uhelszki from [4 ] criticized the album as being "chilly, forced and overdone", Rolling Stone while [9 ] was not impressed toward Aguilera's vocal ability on the album, giving it a mixed review. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [1 ]
My Kind of Christmas debuted at number 38 on the , Billboard 200 and later climbed to number 28, its peak. [10 ] It eventually peaked atop the [11 ] Billboard Holiday Albums. Due to its chart success, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum, having sold more than 1,015,000 copies in the country. [2 ] "The Christmas Song" became Aguilera's third top-twenty hit on the [12 ] Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 18 on the chart. It also charted at number 22 in Canada. [11 ] By the end of 2000, [11 ] 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). In November 2013, the album entered the International Albums chart in [13 ] South Korea at number 37. [14 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Credits and personnel [ edit ]
Credits adapted from the liner notes of
My Kind of Christmas. [3 ]
Recorded at Royaltone Studios; Ocean Way Nashville and Signet Sound Studios
Lead vocals, background vocals – Christina Aguilera, E. Dawk, Dr. John, Kim Johnson, Miari
Keyboard – Alex Alessandroni, BabyBoy, E. Dawk, The Matrix
Trumpet – Wayne Bergeron
Bass – Chuck Berghofer
Saxophone – Pete Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, Dan Higgins, Sal Lozano
Drums – Vinnie 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
Piano – Dr. 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
Mixing – Peter 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
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d Dominguez 2003, p. 180
^ a b c "Gold and Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved November 27, 2013.
^ a b c d My Kind of Christmas (liner notes). Christina Aguilera. United States: RCA Records. 2000.
^ a b c Willman, Chris (December 4, 2000). "My Kind of Christmas Review". . Entertainment Weekly Time Warner . Retrieved November 26, 2013.
^ 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.
^ Dominguez 2003, p. 175
^ Dominguez 2003, p. 90
^ a b c Dominguez 2003, p. 181
^ a b "Shoddy and Nice Holiday Releases". . Rolling Stone Wenner Media. December 13, 2000 . Retrieved November 27, 2013.
^ "Snow Way!". . NME IPC Media. November 3, 2000 . Retrieved November 27, 2013.
^ a b c d e "Christina Aguilera Album and Song Chart History". . Billboard Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved November 27, 2013.
^ a b Gary Trust (September 1, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey". Billbord. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved September 1, 2014.
^ a b Grein, Paul (December 27, 2013). "Chart Watch: Controversy Doesn’t Hurt Robertsons’ Album". Yahoo! Music . Retrieved January 27, 2014.
^ a b "GAON ALBUM CHART" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013 . Retrieved January 6, 2014.
^ "My Kind of Christmas" (in Japanese). Oricon . Retrieved December 9, 2013.
^ "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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