8 Days of Christmas

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8 Days of Christmas
Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
RecordedJuly 2000; July–September 2001
Genre
Length41:00
LabelColumbia
Producer
Destiny's Child chronology
Love: Destiny
(2001)
8 Days of Christmas
(2001)
This Is the Remix
(2002)
Singles from 8 Days of Christmas
  1. "8 Days of Christmas"
    Released: December 16, 2001
  2. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    Released: January 3, 2002

8 Days of Christmas is the fourth and penultimate studio album and first and only Christmas album by American R&B girl group Destiny's Child, released on October 30, 2001 by Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

The album contains twelve tracks featuring traditional Christmas songs and three original songs. Most of them are re-arranged with up-tempo beats in a contemporary R&B style. The album was recorded in Summer 2001 in the United States, but Kelly Rowland stated during the "8 Days of Christmas" video premiere on BET's 106 & Park in Fall 2001 that parts of the album were also recorded in Japan during Destiny's Child's overseas promo tour. In the same interview, Beyoncé Knowles revealed, "Actually we wrote the song two years ago, when we went in the studio to do some Christmas something. That's what started the idea of doing a Christmas album."[1] The song "8 Days of Christmas" first appeared on the double-disc reissue of The Writing's on the Wall in November 2000.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Peoplemixed[4]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[5]

8 Days of Christmas received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic, gave the album 2.5 out 5 stars. In his review, he felt that it did not offer anything different from any other Christmas album, and that it had the same formula as every other Christmas album, making it very predictable.[2] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+. He felt that the album had a rough start, stating that song lyrics such as, "a pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring" were too materialistic, leaving a bad taste in your mouth, however, he stated that originals like "Winter Christmas", and "This Christmas" helped the album quickly recover.[6] People's Magazine gave the album a mixed review, stating that some songs of the album fell short, but despite that, there were a few gifts on the album, such as "Carol of the Bells". They came to conclusion that while it was good, it was not destined for success.[4] Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars. She said that the album sounded like a, "Survivor II:Winter Ghetto-chic," and that the album brought little justice to the original songs.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

8 Days of Christmas made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number 59.[7] On the chart issue dated December 22, 2001, it reached its peak at number 34. On December 3, 2001, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) denoting shipments of 500,000 copies.[8]

Track listing[edit]

8 Days of Christmas[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[10]Length
1."8 Days of Christmas"
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Errol "Poppi" McCalla Jr.
3:31
2."Winter Paradise[a]"
  • B. Knowles
  • Moore
  • Fusari
3:36
3."A 'DC' Christmas Medley[a]"
  • B. Knowles
  • Falonte Moore
  • Rob Fusari
3:59
4."Silent Night" (featuring Beyoncé)B. Knowles3:41
5."Little Drummer Boy[a]" (featuring Solange)
  • B. Knowles
  • Alonzo Jackson
3:36
6."Do You Hear What I Hear[c]" (featuring Kelly Rowland)
  • Alan Floyd
  • Wirlie Morris
3:47
7."White Christmas[a]"Irving Berlin
  • B. Knowles
  • Damon Elliott
1:42
8."Platinum Bells[a]"
  • B. Knowles
  • Damon Elliott
1:26
9."O' Holy Night[b]" (featuring Michelle Williams)Adolphe AdamErron Williams4:24
10."Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day[a]"
  • B. Knowles
  • Focus...
  • Ric Wake
  • Jennifer Patierno (Coordinator)
  • Marc Russell (Coordinator)
3:41
11."This Christmas[a]"
  • B. Knowles
  • Rob Fusari
  • Bill Lee (Co.)
  • Calvin Gaines (Co.)
3:38
12."Opera of the Bells[a]"B. Knowles4:34

Notes

Personnel[edit]

  • Destiny's Child - vocals performed by (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-8, 10-12)
  • Asif Ali - recording engineer (track 5)
  • Pablo Arraya - recording engineer (track 6)
  • Beyoncé - group member (tracks 1-5, 7-8, 10-12), musical arrangement (4), vocals (performed by) (4)
  • Derrick Coleman - additional background vocals (sung by) (track 9)
  • Dylan Dresdow - recording engineer (track 9)
  • Alan Floyd - musical arrangement (track 6)
  • David Guerrero - assistant audio mixing (tracks 1, 4-10, 12)
  • Jaime Guidewicz - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • James Hoover - recording engineer (tracks 2-3)
  • Solange Knowles - guest vocals (performed by) (track 5)
  • Tony Maserati - audio mixing (tracks 2-3, 11)
  • Errol "Poppi" McCalla - music programming
  • Bill Meyers - string arrangements, string conductor
  • Michael Morales - acoustic guitar (track 4)
  • Ramon Morales - recording engineer (tracks 11-12)
  • Tom Morris - recording engineer (tracks 7-8)
  • John Naslen - recording engineer (track 1)
  • Flip Osman - assistant audio mixing (tracks 2-3, 11)
  • Dave "Hard Drive" Pensado - audio mixing (tracks 1, 4-10, 12)
  • Marius Perron - recording engineer (track 4)
  • Juan Ramirez - assistant recording engineer (track 5)
  • Sharay Reed - bass guitar (track 9)
  • Byron Rickerson - recording engineer (track 9)
  • Frank Romano - guitar (track 3)
  • Kelly Rowland - group member (tracks 1-3, 5-8, 10-12), vocals (6)
  • Motonori Sasaki - assistant recording engineer (track 11)
  • Stephen Stephanie - assistant recording engineer (track 1)
  • Larry Strum - recording engineer (track 9)
  • Brian Summer - assistant recording engineer (track 9)
  • David Swope - recording engineer (track 6)
  • Allan Tucker - recording engineer (track 9)
  • Kevin Turner - acoustic guitar (track 9)
  • Robert Valdez - assistant recording engineer (track 7-8)
  • Michelle Williams - group member (tracks 1-3, 5, 7-12), lead vocals (9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 65
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[22] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 60
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 24
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 134
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 80
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[27] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 117
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[29] 19
US Billboard 200[30] 34
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[31] 27
US Holiday Albums (Billboard)[32] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30) CD
Australia November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)
Europe[35] November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12)
United States October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18) DualDisc

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