The Christmas Present

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The Christmas Present
Robbie Williams - The Christmas Present.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
RecordedJune–September 2019
StudioLos Angeles, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
London, England
Vancouver, Canada[1]
Genre
Length91:00
LabelColumbia
Producer
Robbie Williams chronology
Under the Radar Volume 3
(2019)
The Christmas Present
(2019)

The Christmas Present is the 12th studio album by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, and his first studio album since 2016's The Heavy Entertainment Show. It was released on 22 November 2019, and features guest appearances from Tyson Fury, Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Helene Fischer and Bryan Adams. Williams will perform a pair of concerts dubbed the "Robbie Williams Christmas Party" at the SSE Arena on 16 and 17 December 2019 in promotion of the album.[2]

Background[edit]

Williams began recording the album in June 2019, just before the final leg of his Wynn Las Vegas residency, and concluded in Vancouver in October 2019. Williams joked that he was going to call the album Achtung Bublé, in reference to Michael Bublé's "monopoly" on the Christmas music market, which he said "must end now".[2]

The song "Bad Sharon", featuring Tyson Fury on guest vocals, was called a "favourite" to be the UK Christmas number one.[3]

Williams initially aspired to cover Fairytale Of New York as a duet with Britney Spears which the latter declined.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic52/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
NME3/5 stars[7]

The Christmas Present received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 52 based on 4 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Christmas Present opened at number two on the UK Albums Chart, behind Coldplay's Everyday Life. The album sold 67,000 copies in the UK during its first week, the same amount as Williams' previous album The Heavy Entertainment Show (2016).[8] Despite not getting to number one on the charts, Williams' had the fastest selling cassette release in over two decades. The Christmas Present sold over 10,000 cassettes in its first seven days of release. During midweek of its second week, Williams' album has climbed to number one, outselling Rod Stewart's album by 5,000 copies, and will be Robbie's 13th number one, tying Elvis Presley for the most UK number one albums.[9] In its second week, Williams' climbed to #1, selling 57,000 copies. Robbie now ties Elvis for the most #1's in a solo career, and has 17 number one albums when you include his Take That career.

The Christmas Present opened at number two on the Australian music chart, behind Coldplay's Everyday Life. The following week, Williams' climbed to number one. Present became Williams' first number one album in 10 years in Australia, his previous number one album was 2009's Reality Killed the Video Star.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: Christmas Past[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Winter Wonderland"Felix Bernard, Richard B. SmithGuy Chambers, Robbie Williams2:20
2."Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade Cover)" (featuring Jamie Cullum)Noddy Holder, Jim LeaChambers3:33
3."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"Jule Styne, Sammy CahnChambers, Williams1:58
4."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"Chambers, Williams3:13
5."Coco's Christmas Lullaby"Robbie Williams, Kelvin Andrews, Richard Scott, Danny SpencerChambers, Williams2:55
6."Rudolph"Williams, Andrews, Scott, SpencerChambers, Williams3:38
7."Yeah! It's Christmas"Williams, Andrews, Scott, Scott RalphChambers, Williams2:49
8."It's a Wonderful Life" (featuring Poppa Pete)Williams, Andrews, Scott, SpencerChambers, Williams2:53
9."Let's Not Go Shopping"Williams, Andrews, Scott, SpencerChambers, Williams3:09
10."Santa Baby" (featuring Helene Fischer)Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony SpringerChambers, Williams3:28
11."Best Christmas Ever"Williams, Guy ChambersChambers, Williams3:46
12."One Last Christmas"Williams, Flynn Francis, Konrad OlsenChambers, Williams3:34
13."Coco's Christmas Lullaby Reprise"Williams, Andrews, Scott, Spencer 1:18
Disc two: Christmas Future
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Time for Change"Williams, Chambers, Karl Brazil, Tom LongworthChambers3:36
2."Idlewild"Williams, Brazil, Timothy MetcalfeChambers4:09
3."Darkest Night"Williams, Brazil, Owen ParkerChambers, Williams3:20
4."Fairytales" (featuring Rod Stewart)Williams, Brazil, John Garrison, Martin TerefeChambers, Williams3:34
5."Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" (featuring Bryan Adams)Chambers, Williams2:41
6."Bad Sharon" (featuring Tyson Fury)Williams, Brazil, Benjamin Roy CastleChambers, Williams3:40
7."Happy Birthday Jesus Christ"Williams, Flynn Francis, Konrad Olsen, Philipp SteinkeChambers, Williams3:16
8."New Year's Day"Williams, Brazil, Roy CastleChambers, Williams3:42
9."Snowflakes"Williams, Francis, Olsen, SteinkeChambers, Williams3:42
10."Home"Williams, Brazil, Parker, Sam SureChambers, Williams4:11
11."Soul Transmission"Williams, Andrews, SpencerSoul Mekanik & Daft Dog4:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 21
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[15] 18
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[16] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 6
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 53
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[21] 9
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 7
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[24] 2
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[25] 11
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 17
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 30
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Jones, Rich (18 October 2019). "Tyson Fury and Robbie Williams favourites to land Christmas No.1". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/22/britney-spears-turned-fairytale-new-york-duet-robbie-williams-11200702/
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