Merry Christmas, Baby (album)

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Merry Christmas, Baby
Cover of Rod Stewart's 2012 album 'Merry Christmas, Baby'.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 October 2012
GenreChristmas, soul, Jazz
Length46:04
LabelVerve
ProducerDavid Foster, Rod Stewart, Kevin Savigar
Rod Stewart chronology
Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V
(2010)
Merry Christmas, Baby
(2012)
Time
(2013)

Merry Christmas, Baby, is the first Christmas album by Rod Stewart, released on 30 October 2012.[1] The album has proved to be a top 10 success in many countries including the UK, US, Canada and Australia. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2012 with over 1,000,000 copies sold in the US.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic53/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[4]
BBC Music(positive)[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
The Independent3/5 stars[7]
NME3/10[8]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[9]

Merry Christmas, Baby received mixed 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 53, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 6 reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

Merry Christmas, Baby debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, with first week sales of 117,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan,[10] and spent a total of eight weeks in the top 10.[11] With total U.S. sales of 858,000 copies in 2012 according to SoundScan, Merry Christmas, Baby was the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of the year.[12] The album was also the year's fifteenth best-selling album in the U.S. according to Billboard and the ninth best-selling physical album in the U.S. according to the Nielsen Company's 2012 Music Industry Report.[13][14]

In the UK, the album debuted at No. 2 on the Official Albums Chart and has so far spent six weeks in the top 10.[15] Its total UK sales for 2012 are 421,000 copies.[16]

In Canada, the album spent eight weeks in the top ten of the Canadian Albums Chart, with three consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot. It was the ninth best-selling album in Canada in 2012 according to year-end sales data from Nielsen SoundScan Canada with sales of 135,000.[17]

Worldwide, the album achieved total 2012 sales of 2.6 million according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, making it the seventh best-selling album of the year.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane4:31
2."Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie2:48
3."Winter Wonderland" (featuring Michael Bublé)Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith2:26
4."White Christmas"Irving Berlin3:49
5."Merry Christmas, Baby" (featuring CeeLo Green & Trombone Shorty)Johnny Moore, Lou Baxter3:53
6."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (featuring Dave Koz)Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne2:51
7."What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (featuring Ella Fitzgerald & Chris Botti)Frank Loesser3:43
8."Blue Christmas"Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson3:30
9."Red-Suited Super Man" (featuring Trombone Shorty)Rod Stewart, David Foster, Amy Foster3:11
10."When You Wish upon a Star"Leigh Harline, Ned Washington3:47
11."We Three Kings" (featuring Mary J. Blige)John Henry Hopkins, Jr.3:27
12."Silent Night"Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr4:24
13."Auld Lang Syne"Traditional, Robert Burns3:45
Total length:46:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals, arrangements (11, 12, 13)
  • Jochem van der Saag – synthesizer (1-12), programming (1-12)
  • David Foster – acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10), string arrangements (1, 3, 4, 9-13), horn arrangements (2, 5, 6, 8, 9), keyboards (5, 9, 11, 12), arrangements (11, 12, 13)
  • Kevin Savigar – keyboards (13), programming (13), arrangements (13)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (1, 2, 3, 5-9, 11, 12), guitar solo (4, 10)
  • Emerson Swinford – guitar (13)
  • Chuck Berghofer – bass (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Peter Erskine – drums (1, 2, 7, 10)
  • Matt O'Connor – percussion (2, 3, 5, 6, 9), additional percussion (11)
  • Jeff Driskel – saxophone (2, 6, 7)
  • Dan Oestreicher – baritone saxophone (5, 9)
  • Tim McFatter – tenor saxophone (5, 9)
  • Dave Koz – sax solo (6)
  • Jimmy Roberts – sax solo (9)
  • Bob McChesney – trombone (2, 6)
  • Trombone Shorty – trombone (5, 9), trumpet (5, 9)
  • Chris Botti – trumpet solo (7)
  • J'Anna Jacoby – violin (13)
  • William Ross – string arrangements (1, 4, 10-13)
  • Chris Walden – orchestra conductor (1, 3, 4, 8-13), trumpet (2, 6, 7), horn arrangements (2, 6, 7), string arrangements (3, 8, 9), trombone (7)
  • Isobel Griffiths – orchestra contractor (1, 3, 4, 8-13)
  • Michael Bublé – lead vocals (3)
  • CeeLo Green – lead vocals (5)
  • Bridget Cady – backing vocals (5, 9)
  • Kimberly Johnson – backing vocals (5, 9), choir contractor (13)
  • Dieyelle Reed – backing vocals (5, 9)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – lead vocals (7)
  • Mary J. Blige – lead vocals (11)
  • Page LA Children's Choir – choir (12)
  • Bobbi Page – vocal contractor (12)
  • Choir (13) – Mabvuto Carpenter, Angela Fisher, Kimberly Johnson, Krystal Johnson, Dieyelle Reed and Will Wheaton
  • Gospel Choir – Keith Allen, Bridget Cady, Bryan Terrell Clark, David Daughtry, Melanie Fontana, Holly Palmer, Dieyelle Reed, Brandon Winbush and Lucy Woodward; Contracted by Angela Fisher

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Rod Stewart (Tracks 1-13); David Foster (Tracks 1-12); Kevin Savigar (Track 13).
  • A&R – Jay Landers
  • A&R Coordinator – Katherine Frangetis-Tempesta
  • Recorded by Don Murray, Jochem van der Saag and Jorge Vito.
  • Additional Recording – Jack Miele
  • Engineers – Jochem van der Saag and Jorge Vito
  • Recorded at Chartmaker Studios, Henson Recording Studios, The Village Recorder, Satinwood Studio and Studio City Sound (Los Angeles, CA); Garage Studios (Palm Beach, FL); Echo Beach Studios (Jupiter, FL); Fudge Recording Studio (New Orleans, LA).
  • Orchestra recorded by Jonathan Allen and Steve Price at Abbey Road Studios (London, England) and Angel Recording Studios (Islington, England).
  • Choir recorded by Tom Weir at Studio City Sound.
  • Mixed by Jochem van der Saag at Blue Studios (Malibu, CA).
  • Mastered by Vlado Meller at Vlado Meller Mastering (Charleston, SC).
  • Art Direction and Design – Jullian Pepole Studio
  • Photography – Penny Lancaster
  • Management – Arnold Stiefel

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In February 2013, the album was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in the International Album of the Year category.[52]

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