Cee Lo's Magic Moment

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Cee Lo's Magic Moment
Magic Moment.jpg
Studio album by Cee Lo Green
Released October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre Christmas, R&B, soul, funk
Length 51:55
Label Warner Bros., Elektra
Producer Adam Anders, Peer Åström,
Cee Lo Green chronology
The Lady Killer
(2010)
Cee Lo's Magic Moment
(2012)
Heart Blanche
(2015)

Cee Lo's Magic Moment is the first Christmas studio album and overall fourth studio album released by American recording artist Cee Lo Green on October 29, 2012 in the United Kingdom. It was released to the US on October 30 by Elektra Records. Green's versions of "Mary, Did You Know?" and "What Christmas Means to Me" peaked at numbers 22 and 23 on the December 22, 2012 R&B Songs chart in the United States.[1] The album has sold 181,000 copies in the United States in 2012.[2] It is Cee Lo Green's first solo album to not contain a Parental Advisory label.

Background[edit]

The album features a variety of Green's interpretations of classic Christmas and seasonal songs. The album features collaborations with Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Straight No Chaser, Trombone Shorty and The Muppets.[3] Stewart and The Muppets joined Green for a performance of the festive set at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 10, 2012. The special was filmed and premiered on Warner Music Group's YouTube channel on November 26.[4]

A music video was produced for "All I Need Is Love", which featured Cee-Lo, the Muppets and Craig Robinson, as well as Muppet performers Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[8]
NME 5/10[9]
Pitchfork 5.9/10[10]
PopMatters 3/10 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]

Cee Lo's Magic Moment received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63 based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at No. 67 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on its first week of release,[13] selling around 6,000 copies. It peaked at No. 25 on the chart.[14] It also peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[15] and No. 6 on the Holiday Albums chart.[16] It was ranked No. 153 on the 2013 Year End Billboard 200 chart.[17] As of October 2015, the album has sold 225,000 copies in the US.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Cee Lo's Magic Moment
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What Christmas Means to Me"   Anna Gordy Gaye, George Gordy, Allen Story 3:17
2. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Christina Aguilera) Frank Loesser 4:03
3. "This Christmas"   Nadine McKinnor, Donny Hathaway 3:21
4. "The Christmas Song"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells 3:50
5. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:10
6. "All I Need Is Love" (featuring Disney's The Muppets) Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Piero Umiliani 3:47
7. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (featuring Straight No Chaser) Albert Hague, Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel 3:17
8. "Please Come Home for Christmas"   Charles Brown, Gene Redd 3:10
9. "Run Rudolph Run"   Johnny Marks, Marvin Brodie 3:27
10. "All I Want for Christmas"   Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff 4:11
11. "Mary, Did You Know?"   Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry 3:54
12. "River"   Joni Mitchell 4:01
13. "Merry Christmas, Baby" (featuring Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty) Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore 3:51
14. "Silent Night"   Joseph Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber 4:35
Total length: 51:55

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 25
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[20] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[21] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom[22] October 29, 2012 CD, digital download Warner Bros.
United States[23] October 30, 2012 Elektra

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/298842/cee+lo+green/chart?f=1230
  2. ^ Paul Grein (January 3, 2013). "Chart Watch Extra: Top Albums of 2012". Chart Watch. Yahoo Music. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Published Tuesday, Sep 11 2012, 17:29 BST (2012-09-11). "'The Voice's Cee Lo Green to release Christmas album 'Magic Moment' - The Voice News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  4. ^ Published Friday, Sep 21 2012, 12:10 BST (2012-09-21). "Christina Aguilera to feature on new Cee Lo Green Christmas album - Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for Cee Lo's Magic Moment by Cee Lo Green". Metacritic. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  6. ^ Andy Kellman (2012-10-30). "Cee Lo Green, Cee Lo's Magic Moment - Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Cee-Lo Green: Cee-Lo's Magic Moment – review". The Guardian. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Cee Lo Green - 'Cee Lo's Magic Moment'". NME. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Cee-Lo Green Cee Lo's Magic Moment". Pitchfork. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Cee-Lo Green Cee-Lo's Magic Moment". PopMatters. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  12. ^ "CeeLo Green: Cee Lo's Magic Moment; Album Review". Slant Magazine. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  13. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. November 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. December 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums". Billboard. December 22, 2012. (subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ "Holiday Albums". Billboard. December 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year End 2014". Billboard. 
  18. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Cee Lo Green – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Cee Lo Green.
  20. ^ "Cee Lo Green – Chart history" Billboard Top Holiday Albums for Cee Lo Green.
  21. ^ "Cee Lo Green – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Cee Lo Green.
  22. ^ "Ceelo'S Magic Moment: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  23. ^ Cee Lo's Magic Moment. "Cee Lo's Magic Moment: Cee Lo Green: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.