A Legendary Christmas

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A Legendary Christmas
John Legend A Legendary Christmas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
GenreChristmas
Length49:44
LabelColumbia[1]
Producer
John Legend chronology
Darkness and Light
(2016)
A Legendary Christmas
(2018)
Singles from A Legendary Christmas
  1. "Bring Me Love"
    Released: October 11, 2018
  2. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
    Released: October 11, 2018

A Legendary Christmas is the sixth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer John Legend, it was released on October 26, 2018.[4][2] Featuring artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder, the album will be promoted by a tour of the same name from November to December 2018.[5][6]

Background[edit]

The album is Legend's first holiday album, which he announced on October 1, 2018, via social media.[7][8] His tweet wrote "This winter, get ready for A Legendary Christmas! I have a brand new Christmas album coming out accompanied by #ALegendaryChristmas Tour!".[9][1] Prior to the album's announcement, Legend had just become the first African-American male to win an EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.[10] Legend has previously said of his intention to create a Christmas album, he said "I just made a new Christmas album. I've wanted to do this for a long time." On October 11, 2018, Legend premiered two lead singles from the album, "Bring Me Love" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" simultaneously on VEVO.[11][12][13]

Composition[edit]

Wonder features on the first song, "What Christmas Means to Me", in which he plays the harmonica, while Spalding sings on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".[1] Featuring fourteen songs, the album is composed of eight that are "Christmas classics" and six that are original tracks by Legend.[1] The album is executive-produced by neo-soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq.[1][14]

Commercial performance[edit]

In John Legend's home country of the United States, A Legendary Christmas debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 with 20,000 album-equivalent units, which included 19,000 pure album sales.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Vulture.[2] All tracks produced by Raphael Saadiq.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."What Christmas Means to Me" (featuring Stevie Wonder)
2:41
2."Silver Bells"3:16
3."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (featuring Esperanza Spalding)3:43
4."No Place Like Home"3:57
5."Bring Me Love"3:19
6."Merry Christmas Baby/Give Love on Christmas Day"3:50
7."Christmas Time Is Here"3:20
8."Waiting for Christmas"2:35
9."Purple Snowflakes"
2:49
10."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"4:15
11."Please Come Home for Christmas"
4:08
12."Wrap Me Up in Your Love"
3:45
13."By Christmas Eve"
3:51
14."Merry Merry Christmas"
4:15
Total length:49:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 88
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 132
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 51
Scottish Albums (OCC)[19] 76
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 50
US Billboard 200[21] 26
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[22] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "John Legend to release 'A Legendary Christmas' album". CBS News. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Haylock, Zoe (October 1, 2018). "John Legend Announces Christmas Album, A Legendary Christmas". Vulture. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  3. ^ O'Sullivan, Annie (October 5, 2018). "John Legend Announces Christmas Album and Tour, Including Tri-State Stops". NBC New York. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "John Legend Announces Christmas Album, Tour". Rap-Up. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "John Legend Announces Christmas Album & Tour Dates". Billboard. January 28, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "John Legend announces first Christmas album, Utah concert | Concert Announcements". Herald Extra. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "John Legend Announces 'A Legendary Christmas' Album & Accompanying Tour | iHeartRadio". iHeart. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Schatz, Lake (October 1, 2018). "John Legend Announces First Christmas Album, Tour | Music News". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Merry Christmas From John Legend". Jezebel. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  10. ^ "John Legend to release A Legendary Christmas album this month". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "John Legend New Christmas Album and Tour". People. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  12. ^ "John Legend announces his first-ever Christmas album and tour titled A Legendary Christmas". Times Now. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  13. ^ Ryan Reed (October 1, 2018). "John Legend Taps Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spalding for Christmas LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "John Legend Christmas Album Tour". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith (November 10, 2018). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: John Legend & Pentatonix Debut in Top 40 With New 'Christmas' Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #497". auspOp. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Legend – A Legendary Christmas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 8, 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  21. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2018.