Wrapped in Red

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Wrapped in Red
A blonde haired woman whose neck is wrapped in a red scarf looking sideways against a dark background; below her, the word-marks "Kelly Clarkson" and "Wrapped in" are printed in stylized "Feel Script" and "Bree" typefaces aside a red ribbon-styled "Red" word-mark.
Studio album by Kelly Clarkson
Released October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Recorded 2013;
Genre
Length 51:49
Label RCA
Producer Greg Kurstin
Kelly Clarkson chronology
  • Wrapped in Red
  • (2013)
Singles from Wrapped in Red
  1. "Underneath the Tree"
    Released: November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)

Wrapped in Red is the sixth studio album by American pop recording artist Kelly Clarkson, released on October 25, 2013, by RCA Records. The album is a follow-up to her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits – Chapter One. Produced by Greg Kurstin, it is her first Christmas album and her first record to be solely released by RCA. Wrapped in Red consists of sixteen tracks, featuring five co-penned original songs and eleven cover versions of Christmas standards and carols, two of which are duets featuring recording artists Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood.

Weary of constantly being asked for her primary genre, Clarkson had long-desired to record a Christmas album as a means defy genre limitations. She commissioned her frequent collaborator Greg Kurstin, who studied jazz music under the tutelage of Jaki Byard, to produce the entire album. Drawing inspirations from the soundtracks to the features A Charlie Brown Christmas and White Christmas, as well as the Christmas albums by Mariah Carey, McEntire, and Phil Spector, they experimented on various styles and sounds using Spector's famed Wall of Sound technique to a create a contemporary holiday theme to classics. The Christmas music of Wrapped in Red comprises a variety of the genres such pop, jazz, country, and soul, marking a departure from the pop rock sound established from her previous studio albums; while its lyrics share an singular theme of the color red, which represents a plethora of emotions during the holidays.

Wrapped in Red is Clarkson's most critically successful album to date, with music critics lauding its original songs as prospective Christmas standards. It became a commercial success in the United States and Canada, where it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 3 and topped the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart with 70,000 copies sold in its first week of release, For nine consecutive weeks, Wrapped in Red stayed on the top ten of both charts was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and Music Canada. By the end of 2013, it became the year's best-selling Christmas release in the United States and the second best selling Christmas release in Canada. Its lead single "Underneath the Tree" became an international top forty Christmas hit song and was radio's most-played new holiday song of 2013. In promoting Wrapped in Red, Clarkson appeared in red dresses on various televised appearances; and filmed an accompanying television special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, at The Venetian Las Vegas, which premiered on NBC on December 11, 2013.

Background[edit]

A brown-haired man in a navy blue coat
The entirety of Wrapped in Red was produced by Greg Kurstin, whom Clarkson had first collaborated on her fifth studio album Stronger.[1]

Clarkson had expressed interest in recording a Christmas album for years,[1] having recorded various Christmas songs such as "Oh Holy Night" and "My Grown Up Christmas List" on the American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics (2003), "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on iTunes Session (2011), and being featured on Blake Shelton's Christmas album Cheers, It's Christmas (2012).[2][3][4][5] Weary of constantly being being asked for her primary genre, she felt that recording a Christmas album would finally pave a way for her to explore other different genres.[1] She remarked, "I always get asked what genre I'm in: 'Is this country or pop or rock? What are you?' And what's cool about making the Christmas album was, 'Oh, there are no limitations! We can do whatever we want!'".[1] She further added, "The thing about Christmas is that it almost doesn't matter what mood you're in or what kind of a year you've had—it's a fresh start. I'm going to clear the air and take stock of the good that's happened."[1]

Discussions about making her sixth studio album being a Christmas record began on December 2012, a month after releasing her first greatest hits album, Greatest Hits – Chapter One.[1] Having found the opportunity to do so, Clarkson commissioned producer and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin, whom she had previously collaborated with on her albums Stronger and Chapter One, to solely produce the whole album.[1] Despite having been raised in a Jewish faith and unfamiliar with Christmas songs, Kurstin still agreed to produce the project.[6] As a result, the record marked the second time her studio album only had a single producer (the first being David Kahne solely producing My December in 2007).[7] It also marked the fourth time Kurstin had solely produced an entire studio album apart from being a member of the musical groups The Bird and the Bee and Geggy Tah (the first three being Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You in 2009, Sia's We Are Born in 2010, and The Shins' Port of Morrow in 2012).[8][9][10]

Recording[edit]

Recording sessions for Wrapped in Red took place in Kurstin's Echo Studio in Los Angeles while orchestral sessions were recorded at EastWest Studios in Hollywood and featured vocals recorded in The Barn studio in Nashville.[11] In recording tracks for the album, Clarkson and Kurstin wanted to showcase as many different styles as they could by experimenting in various sounds and styles to create fresh, contemporary sound to classic-sounding music.[1] He recalled, "It was a lot of fun for us because we got to go back to our roots. When Kelly started singing, it was clear she had the chops and had been trained to do anything." Further adding, "We really experimented. It was so much fun and liberating. And it pays off."[1] Kurstin, who studied with jazz musician Jaki Byard at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, recruited various jazz and soul musicians such as James Gadson, Kevin Dukes, Roy McCurdy, and Bill Withers to perform on the record to resonate a Memphis soul sound.[1][12] He also collaborated with Joseph Trapanese to arrange and conduct a chamber orchestra.[1][13]

The Wall of Sound is prominently resonated in this 27-second sample of "Wrapped in Red".[14]

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In providing instrumentation for the record, Kurstin used all of his instruments such as a Mellotron and a Chamberlin, taping them from a distance to stimulate the Wall of Sound, a recording technique originally developed by Phil Spector that was popular in the early 1960s.[1][6][15] He enlisted Clarkson to provide all the background vocals herself. Clarkson, who grew up singing in a chorus, was pleased with the aspect; saying, "Blending is something I knew how to do from childhood. Sometimes I'd have to do an alto instead of a soprano because they needed a bigger sound. But I've never had to do anything like this before—doing all my backup vocals, essentially being my own choir."[1] Together, they began to record in May 2013 and continued through the summer of that year, beginning by recording "White Christmas" with Clarkson in the vocal booth and with Kurstin on a piano.[1][16] She commented, "The production is all him. I would be just like 'Hey, can we make this more jazz? Hey, can we make this more bluesy. And he just, like Harry Potter, made this happen. It's so weird."[17]

Composition[edit]

Theme and influences[edit]

There's something about it that represents so many deep emotions, whether it's love or lust or envy or pain or beauty.

—Clarkson on the color red being used as the album's primary theme.[1]

Clarkson has cited the color red as the album's only theme.[1] A color traditionally associated with Christmas, she affiliated the color to various emotions in the holidays.[1] Wanting to stray away from her usual pop sound, she described Wrapped in Red's music as a representation to explore different genres such as jazz, country and Memphis soul.[1][18] She recalled, "What's cool about Christmas albums is you can do jazz, rock and roll, you can do pop, you can do blues, like you can do all that stuff and it works—cause it's all classic and it's Christmasy sounding."[19] She also noted that the album's multitude of styles positively contributes to her artistic goal, saying, "My best friend from childhood heard it and said, 'This is what you sound like, before everything else.' And I agree, It's my core sound. Back in the day, when artists came out with things like "Fall to Pieces" and "Bridge over Troubled Water", those songs transcended genres. It wasn't, 'Where is it going to fit?' You catered to whatever the song calls for. And that's exactly what I did—without having to have an umbrella for everything."[1]

In gathering inspirations for Wrapped in Red, Clarkson started by listening to Bing Crosby's and Rosemary Clooney's soundtracks from the 1954 feature film White Christmas as well as Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas (1994) and Merry Christmas to You (1997) by Reba McEntire.[1][20] While Kurstin, who used to play in a jazz band, took influences from A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and A Christmas Gift for You by Phil Spector as his inspirations, which resulted to the album's Wall of Sound resonance.[1][21] Clarkson also cited that her relationship with her then-fiancé Brandon Blackstock had inspired some of the album's lyrical content.[22]

Song analysis[edit]

Clarkson shares writing credits on all five original songs on Wrapped in Red, some of which were written in December 2012 to avoid writing Christmas tunes during the 2013 summer season.[1][16] She co-wrote the opening and the titular track, "Wrapped in Red", with Ashley Arrison, Aben Eubanks, and Shane McAnally. A Christmas ballad, the song was inspired by a scene in the holiday feature film Love Actually (2003), in which someone confesses unrequited love towards another.[23][24][25] Critics singled out the track the one that resonates the Wall of Sound the most.[26] The second track, "Underneath the Tree", was written by Clarkson and Kurstin, making it the first time they had co-written a track together.[27][28] Clarkson remarked, "Greg and I have worked a lot together, but usually I just come in and I just sing. We've never have actually written a song together at this point. And he and I were like, 'Let's just try to write something for the record."[28] RCA Records chief executive Peter Edge remarked that its release as a single was partly inspired by the success of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Carey.[29] The following track is a rendition of the holiday standard "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which Clarkson had selected for its saccharine content.[30]

Clarkson favored "Run Run Rudolph" as her favorite classic, saying "Just because it got to be a little more rock and roll."[30] She also remarked that "Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)", was the first song selected for inclusion after her mother's recommendation and the song's melancholic lyrics.[31] Written by Clarkson and Eubanks, "Every Christmas", was the first song to be written for the album.[22] She revealed that the song narrates of her holiday life prior to meeting Blackstock, McEntire's stepson, saying "Every Christmas, I was just like, 'This is going to be different, right? I'm going to actually find someone and not be pathetically alone for the rest of my life?'".[22] The seventh track is a cover of Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas".[22] Its follow-up, a rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside", features Ronnie Dunn.[32] Clarkson had approached Dunn thinking that his personality suited the song's content well, saying "Like, it's straight-up his personality to say all of that to try and get you to stay, and have a drink."[33] "Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)" was written by Clarkson, Arrison, and Eubanks as a companion piece to "Every Christmas". Dedicated to Blackstock, the song accounts her holiday after meeting him. She remarked, "Christmas changes, it morphs, it comes to life a little more… It’s just a happier time."[22]

The tenth track, "White Christmas", was the first song to be recorded for Wrapped in Red.[1][16] A cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things" follows up as the eleventh track. Clarkson opted for the Broadway performance of the song to stray away from Julie Andrews's version, citing "I think you shouldn't go near anywhere of what she's doing because she's so good."[34] Clarkson and Kurstin co-wrote "4 Carats" with Cathy Dennis and Livvi Franc. Originally written a pop song, they converted it as a Christmas song to fit the album's theme, describing it as a crossover between Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" (1953) and Madonna's "Material Girl" (1984).[1] A rendition of Imogen Heap's "Just for Now" was described by Clarkson as her highly dysfunctional environment, saying "Can we just stop for like five minutes and have like a normal Christmas setting?"[1] The song begins by sampling the melody of the Christmas tune "Carol of the Bells".[11] The closing track, a rendition of the traditional carol "Silent Night", features McEntire and Trisha Yearwood and ends in an a capella setting between the trio.[1][33] In addition, two tracks were also included in the deluxe edition of the album: the first, Clarkson's cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" from iTunes Session; and the second, her rendition of the first stanza of the ecclesiastical hymn "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel".[35][36]

Release[edit]

Wrapped in Red was first released internationally on October 25, 2013 by RCA Records through Sony Music Entertainment.[36][37] It then received a North American release on October 29, 2013 by RCA as part of its holiday promotional campaign with the soundtracks to the feature films Black Nativity and The Best Man Holiday, with Wrapped in Red being promulgated as the one that will transcend formats and become a new holiday classic.[1][27] In an interview with Billboard, RCA marketing executive Aaron Borns remarked that the album was their main release of the holidays, quoting "The angle on this album is that, like all great Christmas records, it's about amazing vocal performances. That's what this is intended to be-an album launched this year but timeless and genre-defying."[1] In preparation for its release in the United States, RCA shipped a half-million units on Amazon.com and Target,[1] which exclusively released a deluxe edition.[35] A red LP pressing of Wrapped in Red by United Record Pressing followed the CD release on November 25, 2013, marking the first time an album by Clarkson was released on a vinyl record.[38] A deluxe LP and CD edition was also released on the Sony Music store which included a scarf, a holiday ornament, and a snow globe, all of which were decorated in red as inspired from the album.[39] A international promotion campaign was also planned for Clarkson, but was later halted due her pregnancy.[40]

Promotion[edit]

On October 15, 2013, "White Christmas" was released as a promotional single from Wrapped in Red.[41] Three days after, "Underneath the Tree" premiered on Clarkson's Vevo channel.[42] A television Christmas special, titled Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, was filmed by concert director Hamish Hamilton on October 30, 2013, the eve after its street date, at The Venetian Las Vegas.[1][43] A pastiche of A Christmas Carol, the Christmas special featured live performances of selections from Wrapped in Red.[44] Produced by Done and Dusted, Cautionary Christmas Music Tale premiered on NBC in the United States and Global in Canada on December 11, 2013, being pegged by RCA as the album's primary promotional medium.[1][45][46] NBC's premiere broadcast of the special was seen by 5.31 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.[47] It also received a 1.4 share among adults between the ages of 18 to 49, generated NBC’s second biggest overall audience its time slot.[48] NBC had also a rerun broadcast of Cautionary Christmas Music Tale on Christmas Day, which was seen by an additional 3.54 million viewers.[49]

A blonde haired woman in a red dress performing in a Christmas decorated stage
Clarkson performing "Silent Night" on Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. For the entire duration of promoting Wrapped in Red, she wore a multitude of red Christmas dresses to symbolize the phrase "wrapped in red".[50][51]

Clarkson had also promoted Wrapped in Red in various televised performances, all of which she was dressed in red attire.[1][50][51] She first performed "Underneath the Tree" on the The Today Show on November 26, 2013.[52] On December 4, 2013, she performed "Run Run Rudolph" and "Blue Christmas" on the Christmas at Rockefeller Center television special.[53] Clarkson had then performed "Underneath the Tree" on more televised events: such as on the fifth season of the The Voice on December 3, 2013,[54] The Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 5, 2013, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 12, 2013.[55][56] On December 25, 2013, Clarkson returned to The Today Show on its Christmas Day broadcast, performing "Blue Christmas".[57] Selected tracks from the album were also used in advertisements, such as "Run Run Rudolph", which was used in a Belk holiday advertisement,[58] and "Underneath the Tree", which was featured in an Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX advertisement with an appearance by Clarkson performing the song.[59]

Wrapped in Red's lead single, "Underneath the Tree", was released to radio airplay on November 5, 2013.[60] Praised in its initial release, music critics approvingly compared the song to "All I Want for Christmas is You" and blazoned it as a future Christmas standard. Reviewing for Slant Magazine, Sal Cinquemani wrote that track is likely to become Clarkson's very own contemporary standard;[61] while The Independent's Hugh Montgomery applauded it as "a winner on all fronts."[62] After debuting on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart at number 34, it became holiday top ten hit by peaking at number eight on the chart.[63] It also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for four consecutive weeks, becoming Clarkson's third track and the fifteenth holiday song to top the chart.[63][64] "Underneath the Tree" also charted on the main Billboard Hot 100 chart at number seventy-eight and became a top forty hit internationally: including the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart, the Dutch Top 40 chart, and the Official UK Singles Chart.[65][66][67][68] USA Today reported that "Underneath the Tree" was American radio's most-played new holiday song of 2013, while Edison Media Research reported that the single was the first holiday song to receive a considerable support on mainstream contemporary hit radio in almost 20 years.[69][70]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[71]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
ABC News 3/5 stars[72]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[14]
Country Weekly 5/5 stars[73]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[74]
HitFix A[15]
Newsday A-[75]
NPR (favorable)[26]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[61]

Wrapped in Red is Clarkson's most critically successful album. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 6 reviews, and scoring higher than any other album by Clarkson.[71] AllMusic's senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it a three-and-a-half stars. He described its uptempo arrangements, as well as Clarkson's vocal performance, as "bold and brassy" and its mid-tempo arrangements as "even more alluring".[4] He also noted the track selection "favors the bold," but that "she fares well in this setting, always sounding like the strongest element in the mix"[4] Towards the end of his review, he wrote that "Perhaps the concept and execution are conventional, but even in this utterly expected setting, Clarkson retains her fiery, individual spirit, and that's what makes Wrapped in Red appealing: to the letter, it delivers what it promises."[4] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine also gave it a similar rating. He noted that the album "largely offers a respite from the pop-rock template she's been relentlessly pursuing since Breakaway, with less shouting and more of the varied range and texture on full display that helped coronate her the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol. For better or worse, a decade of recording and touring has roughed up the edges of her voice, lending a lived-in quality that imbues lyrics about love and longing with an authenticity that might have otherwise been missing had she recorded these songs just a few years earlier."[61]

NPR's Ken Tucker described the album as a "glossy but heartfelt work" and approvingly compared its contrasting philosophy to Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, both of which he described as "will put you in a holiday mood".[26] Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe gave a favorable review, particularly lauding "Underneath the Tree", and described Clarkson's rendering the Christmas standards as "fairly straight". She added, "She starts gently on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" before belting out the money notes. She ambles assuredly through the soulful favorite "Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)" and hangs by the piano for a torchy “White Christmas."[14] Newsday's music columnist Glenn Gamboa wrote that "Clarkson handles it all expertly — hitting remarkably high notes on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and swinging jazzily on "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Dunn. The new songs make Wrapped in Red a real gift, as the title track and "Underneath the Tree" channel the Phil Spector Christmas albums; and "4 Carats" somehow blends "Stronger" and "Santa Baby".[75] Reviewing for HitFix, Melinda Newman gave the album an "A" rating, praising Clarkson's vocal performances and noting that she and Kurstin "have clearly studied legendary Christmas albums of yore—most notably Spector's A Christmas Gift For You and Andy Williams' Merry Christmas—to lovingly recreate Christmas standards, as well as craft new ones in the image of those sets."[15] Chris Klimek of Slate declared Wrapped in Red as the best of 2013's new Christmas records, noting for its vintage sound.[21] He also observed that its five original tracks, most notably "Wrapped in Red" and "Underneath the Tree", have reasonable odds of remaining in the yuletide rotation five years from now.[21] In his review for The New York Times, Jon Caramanica wrote that Clarkson is very likely the only singer working in pop with a real possibility of creating a modern holiday classic along the lines of Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." and remarked that her takes on familiar songs, however accomplished, are "also faithful in the way that someone mindful of pop history would be."[24]

Commercial performance[edit]

Wrapped in Red became a commercial success in the United States. Prior it its release, music commercial analysts predicted that the album would likely sell at least 60,000 copies in its first week of release in the region, and foresaw it to be the front-runner as the bestselling holiday release of the season.[76][77] On the week ending November 16, 2013, it debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 3 with 70,000 copies sold in all retailers, a 93,000 decrease from Stronger's first week sales of 163,000 copies in 2011.[78][79][80] Nielsen Music analyst Dave Bakula attributed its low performance to the falling market share of the holiday music in general, which saw 3.8 percent decrease in 2012.[81] The album's chart debut on the Billboard 200 earned Clarkson her sixth consecutive top three studio album as well as the highest debut for a Christmas record by a female artist since Susan Boyle's first Christmas album The Gift debuted at the top of the chart in 2010.[77][79] Wrappped in Red also debuted three other different charts, most notably at the top of the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart.[79] On the week ending November 30, 2013, by charting at number six on the Billboard 200, the album became the lone Sony release inside the chart's top ten, with the others being Universal Music Group releases.[82]

Despite its modest debut week, Wrapped in Red began to gain traction at the beginning of the holiday season, selling up to 131,000 copies during the Thanksgiving week.[83] It experienced its best sales week after benefiting from NBC's premiere broadcast of Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, selling up to 136,000 copies on its seventh week of release.[84] For nine consecutive weeks, it stayed in the top ten of the Billboard 200, the most by any studio album by Clarkson.[85] On December 5, 2013, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it her sixth platinum studio album.[86] Wrapped in Red subsequently became the bestselling Christmas release of 2013 by selling over 763,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making her the first American female artist to have the number-one Christmas album of the Soundscan era.[87] Twelve of the album cuts from Wrapped in Red also entered the Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart during its first week of release—led by "Silent Night", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", and "Underneath the Tree" at numbers one, two, and four, respectively.[79] Other songs also appeared in various Billboard charts throughout the holiday season: songs such as "Blue Christmas" and "Please Come Home for Christmas" charted in the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at numbers 5 and 6, respectively;[63] whereas "My Favorite Things", "Run Run Rudolph", "Please Come Home for Christmas", "Silent Night" and "Wrapped in Red" peaked on the Billboard Canada AC chart at numbers eight, seven, 14, 22, and 49, respectively.[88] Tracks such as "My Favorite Things" charted on the Billboard Mexico Inglés Airplay chart at number 49;[89] while "Silent Night" charted in both the Billboard Holiday 100 and the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, peaking at numbers 86 and 51, respectively.[63] Amazon.com listed Wrapped in Red as their second bestselling album during the holiday season, and listed it as their sixth bestselling title of 2013.[90][91]

Internationally, Wrapped in Red had a relatively limited commercial performance. In Canada, the album debuted on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart at number 6 on the week ending November 16, 2013, making it her fifth top ten debut on the Nielsen-tracked chart.[92] It peaked on the chart at number 5 on the week ending December 28, 2013.[93] Wrapped in Red became the second bestselling Christmas album of 2013 in Canada with 67,000 copies sold in the region, behind A Christmas Gift to You by Johnny Reid.[94] In Australia, the album debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number 82 on the week ending November 4, 2013,[95] and peaked at number 29 on the week ending December 30, 2013.[96] In Switzerland, it debuted on the Schweizer Hitparade at number 97 on the week ending November 10, 2013.[97] In the United Kingdom, Wrapped in Red charted on the Official UK Albums Chart at number 65 on the week ending December 14, 2013.[98] Despite its limited performance, Sony Corporation listed the album as their fifth bestselling release worldwide during the holiday season, which included albums, album cut tracks, and singles sales.[99][100]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin, with vocal production on "Every Christmas" made by Jason Halbert.[11]

Wrapped in Red – Standard edition[11][101]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wrapped in Red"  
3:36
2. "Underneath the Tree"  
  • Clarkson
  • Kurstin
3:49
3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   3:39
4. "Run Run Rudolph"  
2:27
5. "Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)"  
3:19
6. "Every Christmas"  
  • Clarkson
  • Eubanks
3:46
7. "Blue Christmas"  
  • Billy Hayes
  • Jay Johnson
2:52
8. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Ronnie Dunn) Frank Loesser 3:01
9. "Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)"  
  • Clarkson
  • Arrison
  • Eubanks
3:22
10. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:02
11. "My Favorite Things"   2:49
12. "4 Carats"  
3:28
13. "Just for Now"   Imogen Heap 3:30
14. "Silent Night" (featuring Reba and Trisha Yearwood) Traditional 4:09
Total length:
46:54
Note

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits lifted from the album's liner notes.[11]

Instruments
Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[117] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[118] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, label, formats, and catalog number
Region Date Label Format(s) Catalog number
Australia[37] October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) Sony Music Entertainment Deluxe edition CD and digital download 88883776232
Europe[36][119][120]
Denmark[121] October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28)
France[122]
Brazil[123] October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Canada[124]
Italy[125]
United States[35][126] RCA Records Standard edition CD and digital download 88837374125
Target exclusive edition CD 88883776232
Japan[102] November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) Sony Music Japan Deluxe edition CD and digital download SICP-3919
Canada[127] November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25) Sony Music Entertainment Standard edition red LP 888430006812
Europe[128]
United States[38] RCA Records
United Kingdom[129] December 2, 2013 (2013-12-02) Deluxe edition CD and digital download 88883776232
New Zealand[130] December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06) Sony Music Entertainment

See also[edit]

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