Under the Mistletoe

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Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe.jpg
Studio album by Justin Bieber
Released November 1, 2011[1]
Recorded 2011
Genre Teen pop, R&B, holiday
Length 37:51
50:38 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Island
Producer Scooter Braun (exec.), Kuk Harrell, The Messengers, Usher (also exec.), C. "Tricky" Stewart, Sean K, Aaron Pearce, Bernard Harvey, Justin Bieber, Nick Turpin, Josh Cross, James "Big Jim" Wright, Mariah Carey, Jay Riehl, Randy Jackson, Antwan Thompson, Boogie Wizzard, Chris Brown
Justin Bieber chronology
Never Say Never: The Remixes
Under the Mistletoe
Singles from Under the Mistletoe
  1. "Mistletoe"
    Released: October 17, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 54/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
The New York Times (mixed)[6]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[7]

Under the Mistletoe is the first Christmas album and second studio album by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. It was released on November 1, 2011, by Island Records.


On August 25, 2011, Bieber announced that he would be releasing his first Christmas album and second studio album later in 2011.[8] Manager Scooter Braun and vocal producer Kuk Harrell confirmed a week later that Bieber had collaborated with Sean Kingston and Taylor Swift and had also worked with producers The Messengers.[9] Later that month, it was announced that Boyz II Men, Usher, and The Band Perry were also collaborating with Bieber on the album.[10] On September 30, 2011, Bieber released the official album cover and album name on Facebook.[10] On October 4, 2011, Mariah Carey revealed that she and Bieber recorded her song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as a duet for the new album. Justin's version of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" samples the song I Want You Back by the Jackson 5.[11]


The album's first single "Mistletoe", was written and produced with The Messengers, and it was released on October 17, 2011.[12]

Chart performance and sales[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, shipping 210,000 units during its opening week.[13] Under the Mistletoe is Justin Bieber's third number-one album, third platinum selling album, and it was the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at number-one.[13] Bieber also became the first solo artist to have three number-one albums before his 18th birthday.[13] For all of 2011, the album totaled 1,245,000 copies in US sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and was the eleventh best-selling album of the year.[14] As of December 2015, the album had sold 1,510,000 copies in the United States.[15] The album also debuted within the top 10 in Spain, Australia, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas"   Christopher Stewart, Aaron Pearce, Tim Miner, Justin Bieber Stewart, Pearce 3:12
2. "Mistletoe"   Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Bieber The Messengers 3:02
3. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (featuring Usher) Mel Tormé, Robert Wells Kuk Harrell, Sean K 3:35
4. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"   John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie Stewart, Pearce 3:36
5. "Fa La La" (featuring Boyz II Men) Adonis Shropshire, Bieber, Bernard Harvey Harvey, Josh Cross 3:05
6. "All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)" (duet with Mariah Carey) Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, Randy Jackson, Harrell 4:00
7. "Drummer Boy" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone, with additional raps written by Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes Harrell, Sean K 3:45
8. "Christmas Eve"   Chris Brown, Bieber, Antwan Thompson, Jerrol Wizzard, Kevin McCall Thompson, Boogie Wizzard, Brown* 3:43
9. "All I Want Is You"   Bieber, Brandon Hamilton Bieber 3:36
10. "Home This Christmas" (featuring The Band Perry) Atweh, Nick Turpin, George Nozuka, Melanie Fontana, Bieber Nasri, Turpin 3:24
11. "Silent Night"   Josef Mohr, Hans Xaver Gruber Harrell 2:49
Total length:
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Christmas Love"   Atweh, Messinger, Bieber The Messengers 3:26
13. "Fa La La" (A Capella) (featuring Boyz II Men) Shropshire, Bieber, Harvey Harvey, Cross 2:55
14. "Pray"   Atweh, Messinger, Omar Martinez, Bieber The Messengers 3:32
15. "Someday at Christmas"   Ronald Miller, Bryan Wells Jay Riehl 2:53
Total length:
Deluxe Edition DVD Contains Exclusive Content[16]
No. Title Length
16. "In The Studio Making the Album"    
17. "Making of the "Mistletoe" Video"    
18. "Pray" (Music video)  

Note: (*) denotes a co-producer

Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Colombia (ASINCOL)[33] Gold 5,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[34] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[35] Platinum 20,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[36] Platinum 15,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[37] Platinum+Gold 90,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[38] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[39] Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[40] Gold 20,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] Platinum 1,510,000[15]
Venezuela (APFV)[42] Gold 5,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s)
Indonesia[16] November 8, 2011 CD, DVD Universal Music Standard, deluxe


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