Noël (Josh Groban album)
|Studio album by Josh Groban|
|Released||October 9, 2007|
|Genre||Pop / Classical / Vocal / Holiday / Gospel|
|Josh Groban chronology|
Noël is a Christmas album by singer Josh Groban that was released on October 9, 2007. In the United States, the album is available as a single CD release in most retail stores. However, Target stores released a limited edition version of the album with a bonus DVD that features a "Making of" documentary entitled The Making of Noël.
According to Nielsen/SoundScan, the album sold 3,699,000 copies in 2007 after its release, making it the overall best-selling album in the U.S. for all of 2007. It was also the best-selling holiday album in 2008 with sales of 915,000 copies. As of December 17, 2012, the album has sold a total of 5,550,000 copies in the United States according to SoundScan, making it the second best-selling holiday album in the U.S. during the Nielsen/SoundScan era (March 1991 – present) behind Kenny G's 1994 holiday set Miracles: The Holiday Album. According to Billboard, Noel is the 2nd top selling classical album of the 2000s decade in the US, just behind Groban's own Closer. 
Apart from the songs included on the album, Groban has also released two other Christmas songs: "O Holy Night" (available as a bonus track on Josh Groban in Concert) and "Noche de Paz" (a Spanish version of "Silent Night" available as a digital download single.)
- "Silent Night" - 4:11
- "Little Drummer Boy" - 4:20 (featuring Guitarist Andy McKee and Gigi Hadid)
- "I'll Be Home for Christmas (with Messages from real soldiers and voice by Gigi Hadid) - 4:15
- "Ave Maria" - 5:17
- "Angels We Have Heard on High" - 3:32 (duet with Brian McKnight)
- "Thankful" - 4:50
- "The Christmas Song" - 3:54
- "What Child Is This?" - 3:53
- "The First Noël" - 4:34 (duet with Faith Hill)
- "Petit Papa Noël" - 4:05
- "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" - 4:13
- "Panis Angelicus" - 4:19
- "O Come All Ye Faithful" - 4:38 (with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Seven weeks after its release, Noël reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 on the chart dated December 8, 2007. The album sold about 405,000 copies in the week it reached number one, rising from the number two position with an 81% sales increase. The week's sales corresponded to an appearance by Groban on The Oprah Winfrey Show during the highly anticipated annual Oprah's Favorite Things feature.
In the next week, the album stayed at #1 on the Billboard 200 and its sales increased further, by 33%, with 539,000 copies being sold that week.
In its 9th week, the album held the top spot with another 8% increase in sales, moving 581,000 copies, and increased yet again in its tenth week selling 669,000 copies, and again holding the number one spot.
The album has set numerous Billboard 200 records, starting with being the first Christmas album to spend four consecutive weeks at #1 in the charts 51 year history, as well as being only the second Christmas album to ever spend four weeks at #1, tying it with Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album. It is also the first album to spend four consecutive weeks at #1 and experience a sales increase each of those weeks since No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom album did so in December 1996. The 669,000 copies the album sold in its tenth week was the biggest single week tally for a Christmas album since Kenny G's Miracles: The Holiday Album sold 819,000 copies in the Christmas week of 1994. By its tenth week the album had already become the best selling album of 2007, scanning 2.8 million copies in only a little over two months of release, a rarity in the fast declining physical album market of the past few years.
In its 11th week it became the first album of 2007 to hold #1 for 5 weeks, and the first Christmas album ever to hold #1 on the Billboard 200 for 5 weeks in a row. In that fifth week at #1 it outsold Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains, selling about 757,000 copies. It has so far sold 5,550,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Certifications, peaks and sales
|Country||Peak Position||Certification (If Any)||Sales/shipments|
|United States||1||5x Platinum||5,550,000|
|US Billboard 200||85|
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- ARTISTdirect review
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