My Kind of Christmas
|My Kind of Christmas|
|Studio album by Christina Aguilera|
|Released||October 24, 2000|
|Christina Aguilera chronology|
|Singles from My Kind of Christmas|
My Kind of Christmas is the third studio album by the American recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was released on October 24, 2000 in the United States by RCA Records. My Kind of Christmas is a Christmas and dance-pop album which features cover versions of Christmas standards and several new tracks. Contemporary critics provided mixed reviews toward the album, who criticized Aguilera's vocal ability on the album.
In the United States, My Kind of Christmas garnered moderate success, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of 991,000 copies there. One single was released from the album in 1999, entitled "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)". Aguilera performed on numerous television shows to promote My Kind of Christmas, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Good Morning America.
Background and composition
My Kind of Christmas was recorded in late 1999 and mid-2000, when Aguilera was going on her debut concert tour. Originally, Aguilera's idol Etta James was planned to be included as a featured performer on the track "Merry Christmas, Baby". However the idea was later canceled, and Dr. John was replaced afterwards. It is a Christmas and dance-pop album, which contains mainly cover versions of Christmas standards and several new tracks, including "Christmas Time", "This Year" and "Xtina's Xmas". "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby" are the two "soulful" ballads from the album. "Christmas Time" and the "Diane Warren-written" track "These Are the Special Times", meanwhile, are the two "painful" tracks. "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" was remade as a dance-styled number, which is set to "a kicking dance beat".
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). It was released as two formats: CD and cassette. "The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire)" was released as the only single from the album the previous year. In order to promote the album, Aguilera performed several tracks from the album on a number of shows, including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Good Morning America. 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. 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". There, she performed the track with Brian McKnight. The concert was released as a DVD entitled My Reflection (1999).
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 Entertainment Weekly thought that "Aguilera oversings so wildly that there wouldn't have been enough oxygen in the booth to sustain another life form". An editor from Rolling Stone criticized the album as being "chilly, forced and overdone", while The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not impressed toward Aguilera's vocal ability on the album. 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.
My Kind of Christmas debuted at number 38 on the Billboard 200, and later climbed to number 28, its peak. It eventually peaked atop the Billboard Holiday Albums. Due to its chart success, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum, having sold more than 991,000 copies in the country. "The Christmas Song" became Aguilera's third top-twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 18 on the chart. It also charted at number 22 in Canada. To date, the single has sold more than 214,000 copies in the United States, becoming Aguilera's fifth best-selling digital single in the country.
|1.||"Christmas Time"||Chaka Blackmon, Steven Brown, Ray Cham, Alex Alessandroni, Ron Fair||ChakDaddy, Sol Survivor, E. Dawk, Fair||4:02|
|2.||"This Year"||Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, Scott Spock, Charlie Midnight, Christina Aguilera||The Matrix, Fair||4:13|
|3.||"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"||Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin||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)||Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore||Fair||5:43|
|6.||"O Holy Night"||Traditional||Fair||4:49|
|7.||"These Are the Special Times"||Diane Warren||Robbie Buchanan, Fair||4:31|
|8.||"This Christmas"||Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor||Fair||4:02|
|9.||"The Christmas Song"||Mel Tormé, Robert Wells||Fair||4:25|
|10.||"Xtina's Xmas (Interlude)"||"Bassy" Bob Brockmann||1:32|
|11.||"The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix)"||Tormé, Wells||Barry Harris, Chris Cox, Fair||4:01|
Credits and personnel
Credits adapted from the liner notes of My Kind of Christmas.
- 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
Charts and certifications
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"The Christmas Song (Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire"||1999||18||22||
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