Christmas & Chill

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Christmas & Chill
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ReleasedDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)
RecordedDecember 2015
Genre
Length13:08
Label Republic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
The Remix
(2015)
Christmas & Chill
(2015)
Dangerous Woman
(2016)
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Japanese reissue cover

Christmas & Chill is the second holiday EP by American singer Ariana Grande. Republic Records released it on December 18, 2015, [1] as a follow-up to her 2013 holiday EP Christmas Kisses and her 2014 Christmas single "Santa Tell Me". The EP features six original holiday tracks composed and produced mainly by Grande and co-writers, all of which have an R&B, soul and trap sound.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Republic Records record label, division of Universal Music Group

Republic Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before reverting to its original name in 2012.

Contents

The project received favorable reviews by critics. It debuted at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart and at number 3 on the Billboard Holiday Albums [2]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

The Billboard Holiday Albums Chart is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular holiday albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly on Christmas seasons by Billboard magazine.

On November 18, 2016, Christmas & Chill was released on CD in Japan. [3] [4] The EP sold 35,000 copies in its first week in the United States [5] and 180,000 worldwide. [6]

Recording and music

According to Tommy Brown, the EP was recorded in 4 days at Grande's home studio. [7] Songwriting credits are shared by Grande with Tommy Brown, Michael Foster, Steven Franks, Victoria Monet, Travis Sayles, Ryan Matthew Tedder and Peter Lee Johnson. [8] For Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos, the EP consists of "romantic Christmas ballads over trap beats", commenting that "the one song to stand out from the more R&B-leaning EP is the folky 'Winter Things', where the acoustic track sounds a bit like Jason Mraz, as Grande sings 'My baby's in town and we're gonna do some winter things'." [9]

Thomas Lee "Tommy" Brown, also known as Tommy Brown or TB Hits, is an American recording artist, musician, multiplatinum record producer and songwriter. Tommy currently lives in LA and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has received awards from ASCAP, and was Grammy nominated. He has scored multiple chart topping albums while working with Ariana Grande on her debut #1 album Yours Truly, and her second #1 album My Everything, lastly, Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman charting #2 on Billboard 200. Brown has also collected production credits for three songs on Grammy-award-winning artist Meghan Trainor's second album, Thank You. Brown's upcoming releases are DJ Khaled's next single "Forgive Me Father" feat Trainor & Wale, and Macy Gray's single "Sugar Daddy" feat Andre 3000. Tommy Brown is also a music producer. He has produced for many prominent artists including Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas, T.I, Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Pia Mia, Macy Gray, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Victoria Monet, Meek Mill, Ludacris, Ray J and Gorilla Zoe. He learned from production greats Roy "Royalty" Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild, while working alongside them and eventually creating a team of his own and producing with them.

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Jason Mraz American singer-songwriter

Jason Thomas Mraz is an American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence in the San Diego coffee shop scene in 2000. In 2002 he released his debut studio album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, which contained the hit single "The Remedy ". With the release of his second album, Mr. A-Z, in 2005, Mraz achieved major commercial success. The album peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 100,000 copies in the US. In 2008 Mraz released his third studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was an international commercial success primarily due to the hit "I'm Yours". The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving him his first top ten single, and spent a then-record 76 weeks on the Hot 100. His fourth album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, his highest-charting album to date.

Critical reception

Jaleesa M. Jones in USA Today called it "a festive ode to winter romance." [10] Emma Garland from Noisey said the album "basically sounds like a Cassie album ... but with sleigh bells and lyrics like 'tis the season for some love giving!' It's basically the perfect festive romp." [11] Two years after its release, MTV's Sydney Gore and Brian Anthony Hernandez revisited the EP, calling it "a new holiday classic" and "a catalyst of original Christmas carols for the so-called doomed millennial generation. ...[T]his EP has the power to melt any trace of snow that's piling up on your front porch. ... There's a playful, eflish energy about ["True Love"] that makes you want to hang mistletoe everywhere to secure a smooch with that special someone." [12]

<i>USA Today</i> American national daily newspaper

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company. The newspaper has a generally centrist audience. Founded by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982, it operates from Gannett's corporate headquarters on Jones Branch Drive, in McLean, Virginia. It is printed at 37 sites across the United States and at five additional sites internationally. Its dynamic design influenced the style of local, regional, and national newspapers worldwide, through its use of concise reports, colorized images, informational graphics, and inclusion of popular culture stories, among other distinct features.

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Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"
  • Mr. Franks
  • Ariana Grande
  • Magi
  • Sayles
  • Brown
1:05
2."Wit It This Christmas"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Peter Lee Johnson
  • Mr. Franks
  • Ariana Grande
  • Magi
  • Sayles
  • Brown
2:41
3."December"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Mr. Franks
  • Ariana Grande
  • Magi
  • Sayles
  • Brown
1:56
4."Not Just on Christmas"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Johnson
  • Sayles
  • Ariana Grande
  • Brown
2:02
5."True Love"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Johnson
  • Mr. Franks
  • Ariana Grande
  • Magi
  • Sayles
  • Brown
2:46
6."Winter Things"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Johnson
  • Sayles
  • Brown
  • Ariana Grande
2:38
Total length:13:08

Charts

Chart (2015–18)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [13] 49
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [14] 43
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [15] 30
US Billboard 200 [16] 34
US Holiday Albums ( Billboard ) [17] 3

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