Wintersong

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For the Paul Winter album, see Wintersong (Paul Winter album). For other uses, see Winter Song (disambiguation).
Wintersong
Studio album by Sarah McLachlan
Released October 17, 2006
Genre Christmas music
Length 45:43
Label Nettwerk (Canada)
Arista (US)
Producer Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan chronology
Afterglow
(2003)
Wintersong
(2006)
Laws of Illusion
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blogcritics (?)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars [4]

Wintersong is an album of Christmas songs by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released in October 2006. It was produced by longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand and includes contributions from Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies.[5] The album also includes a duet with Jazz musician Diana Krall.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"   John Lennon, Yoko Ono 3:28
2. "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)"   William Chatterton Dix 3:31
3. "River"   Joni Mitchell 4:02
4. "Wintersong"   Sarah McLachlan 3:31
5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Walter Kent, Kim Gannon 3:15
6. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"   Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner 3:51
7. "The First Noel / Mary Mary"   Traditional 5:00
8. "Silent Night"   Josef Mohr, Franz X. Gruber 3:48
9. "Song for a Winter's Night"   Gordon Lightfoot 3:48
10. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 3:44
11. "In the Bleak Mid-Winter"   Christina Rossetti, Gustav Holst 3:46
12. "Christmas Time is Here" (feat. Diana Krall) Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelsen 3:59

A "sampler" CD exists, featuring similar artwork on a cardboard sleeve, which omits "Happy Xmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Song for a Winter's Night", and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Singles[edit]

"River" was released as a single from that album in September 2006.[7] The song was performed in mid-October on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and reached #71 in the Billboard Hot 100.[8] McLachlan's video for "River" premiered on Yahoo! music, on November 1, 2006.

Charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak position[8]
2006 River Billboard Hot 100 71
2006 Pop 100 70
Hot Digital Songs 66
2007 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5

Sales[edit]

Wintersong debuted on the Billboard 200 album sales chart at number 42, selling about 20,000 copies in its first week.[9] The album later peaked at number 7 on the chart.[10]

Wintersong was also the best-selling holiday album of 2006 in the United States according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with total sales of 759,000 copies that year.[11]

On December 13, 2007, Wintersong was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies in the U.S.[12] In Canada, it has sold over 200,000 copies, and has been certified Double Platinum.[13]

On the week of December 17, 2011, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 195.[14]

Credits[edit]

  • Sarah McLachlan: Vocals, Piano, Harp, Dobro[15]
  • Pierre Marchand: Keyboards, Programming, Synth Bass, Quartet Manipulations, Vienna Keyboard Strings
  • Jim Creeggan: Double Bass
  • Colin Cripps: Guitar, Dobro
  • Diana Krall: Piano on "Christmas Time Is Here".
  • Ashwin Sood: Drums, Percussion
  • Luke Doucet: Guitar
  • Bill Dillon: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
  • Bob Doige: Sleigh Bells
  • Daryl Johnson: Bass
  • Vince Mai: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Brian Minato: Bass
  • David Kershaw: Keyboards
  • David Sinclair: Guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blogcritics review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Slant Magazine review
  5. ^ Katie Hasty (2006-08-06). "McLachlan Salutes Holiday Season On New CD". Billboard. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  6. ^ http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/wintersong.html SarahMcLachlan.com Retrieved on 05-18-07
  7. ^ http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/news/story.jsp?story_id=3204 SarahMcLachlan.com Retrieved on 05-18-07
  8. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/278215/sarah+mclachlan/chart Billboard.com Retrieved on 05-18-07
  9. ^ Katie Hasty, "Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years", Billboard.com, October 25, 2006.
  10. ^ Artist chart history for Sarah McLachlan (albums), Billboard.com.
  11. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  12. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database - Gold & Platinum Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  13. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for January 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
  14. ^ "Music Albums", Billboard.com, December 8, 2011.
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r857256/credits Allmusic.com Retrieved on 05-18-07

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