Christmas Kisses (EP)

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Christmas Kisses
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ReleasedDecember 13, 2013 (2013-12-13)
Recorded2012
StudioBrandon’s Way Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length13:15(standard)
16:29 (special)
Label Republic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
Yours Truly
(2013)
Christmas Kisses
(2013)
My Everything
(2014)
Alternative cover
Ariana Grande - Christmas Kisses (2014 Japanese special edition).png
Japanese reissue cover
Singles from Christmas Kisses
  1. "Last Christmas"
    Released: November 19, 2013
  2. "Love Is Everything"
    Released: November 26, 2013
  3. "Snow in California"
    Released: December 3, 2013
  4. "Santa Baby"
    Released: December 10, 2013
  5. "Santa Tell Me"
    Released: November 24, 2014

Christmas Kisses is the first extended play (EP) and first Christmas EP by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on December 13, 2013 in most countries, [1] and on December 17, 2013 in the United States, [2] as a collection of two covers of classic Christmas songs, and two original songs. On December 3, 2014, the Japanese special edition was released for CD and two days later for digital download. It peaked at number twenty-five on the Oricon chart. The Japanese edition included a new track, "Santa Tell Me", which was released on November 24, 2014 as the fifth and final single from the EP. [3] The EP went on to sell over 405,000 copies worldwide as of 2016.

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. 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.

Christmas music Music associated with Christmas

Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music normally performed or heard around the Christmas season. Music associated with Christmas may be purely instrumental, or in the case of many carols or songs may employ lyrics whose subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ, to gift-giving and merrymaking, to cultural figures such as Santa Claus, among other topics. Performances of Christmas music at public concerts, in churches, at shopping malls, on city streets, and in private gatherings is an integral staple of the Christmas holiday in many cultures across the world.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010 to 2013, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat from 2013 to 2014. 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.

Contents

Background and release

On 6 November 2013, Grande announced via Twitter she would be releasing new music each week leading up to Christmas, beginning with a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas": "I'm releasing new music for Christmas! New song every week as a countdown to the holidays starting Nov19. Beyond excited to share them w/ U! The 1st song #LastChristmas out Nov 19. I can't wait for u to hear our spin on it. There will be originals as well! Hope u love the music." [4]

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Wham! English pop duo

Wham! were an English pop duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, formed in London in 1981.

"Last Christmas" was released as the lead single, opening up to positive reviews and was critically acclaimed for its "R&B and Soul spin" on the Christmas classic. [5] On the final week of November, Grande released an original Christmas song, titled "Love Is Everything", and it was also revealed Grande would be releasing Christmas Kisses later that month. [6] In the first week of December, Grande released another original Christmas song "Snow in California" [7] and was later followed by a cover of the 1953 classic "Santa Baby", which features Grande's former Victorious co-star Liz Gillies. [8]

Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's place in a showcase while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris, Robbie Shapiro, Rex Powers, Jade West, Cat Valentine, and Beck Oliver. The series premiered after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won for Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards and 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, beating out iCarly. Victorious earned four Emmy nominations.

In November 2014, Grande announced she would release the special edition of the EP exclusively in Japan. The special edition included a new track "Santa Tell Me", released on November 24, 2014, as the fifth and final single from Christmas Kisses. [9] The song was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha and Ilya Salmanzadeh and peaked at number forty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number sixty-eight on the UK Singles Chart. [10] [11]

Santa Tell Me Christmas song by Ariana Grande

"Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. It was written by Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha. The song was released worldwide on November 24, 2014, via iTunes, and was included on the Japanese exclusive reissue of Grande's EP Christmas Kisses. Musically, "Santa Tell Me" is a Christmas song with R&B influences.

Savan Harish Kotecha is a multiple Grammy and Golden Globe nominated American songwriter and record producer from Austin, Texas. Kotecha is of Indian descent.

Ilya Salmanzadeh, known mononymously as ILYA, is a Swedish Persian songwriter, producer and singer. He rose to prominence after co-writing and producing Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "First Love".

On December 5, the Japanese special edition was released on Japanese iTunes. [3] It was released physically on December 3, two days before the digital release. [12] It peaked at number twenty-five on the Oricon Albums Chart, becoming her third album to peak on that chart, following Yours Truly (2013) and My Everything (2014). [13]

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The Oricon Albums Chart is the Japanese music industry standard albums popularity chart issued daily, weekly, monthly and yearly by Oricon. Established on October 5, 1987, the chart rankings are based on physical albums' sales. Oricon did not include download sales up until its establishment of the Digital Albums Chart on November 19, 2016.

<i>Yours Truly</i> (Ariana Grande album) 2013 studio album by Ariana Grande

Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other greatest idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. On the album, Grande co-wrote six out of the twelve tracks. Contribution by Harmony Samuels, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Patrick "J. Que" Smith and Victorious co-star Leon Thomas III, as well as others, handling the production on the album. Grande recorded a number of songs on this album over a three-year period. The collaborations are with Big Sean, Mika and Mac Miller, in addition to The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, who features on the song "Almost is Never Enough" which was also included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Occasionally, the album dips into other genres such as adult contemporary music and dance music.

Promotion

Preceding the release of her Christmas EP, she gave a series of performances, including at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, [14] [15] NBC New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting broadcast, [16] [17] the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles' Staples Center and Z100's Jingle Ball event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. [18] She also sang at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve , with Big Sean and Mac Miller. [19]

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, New York, USA

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WNBC television station from New York City

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree public Christmas tree of note at the Rockefeller Center on the Manhattan Island in New York City, New York, USA

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a large Christmas tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center, in Midtown Manhattan. The tree is erected in mid November and lit in a public ceremony in late November or early December. Since 1997, the lighting has been broadcast live, to hundreds of millions, on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast on a Wednesday after Thanksgiving. The broadcast features live entertainment and a tree lighting ceremony, where the tree is lit by the current Mayor of New York City and special guests. An estimated 125 million people visit the attraction each year.

Singles

"Last Christmas"

Chart (2013–19)Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100) [20] 73
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [21] 59
South Korea International Chart (Gaon) [22] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [23] 92
US Billboard Hot 100 [24] 96
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [25] 26
US Holiday 100 ( Billboard ) [26] 32
US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [27] 1
US Holiday Streaming Songs ( Billboard ) [28] 22

"Love Is Everything"

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Netherlands (Singles Top 100) [29] 89
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [30] 132
Ukraine (FDR Music Charts) [31] 1
US Holiday 100 ( Billboard ) [32] 15
US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [27] 2

"Snow in California"

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [33] 93
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [34] 151
US Holiday 100 ( Billboard ) [35] 33
US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [27] 4

"Santa Baby"

Chart (2013–19)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [36] 77
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan) [37] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [38] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [39] 155
US Holiday 100 ( Billboard ) [40] 36
US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [27] 5

Track listing

Christmas Kisses– Standard edition [41]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Last Christmas" George Michael 3:23
2."Love Is Everything"
3:33
3."Snow in California"
  • Grande
  • Riddick-Tynes
  • Thomas
  • Edmonds
  • Dixon
3:27
4."Santa Baby" (featuring Liz Gillies)
  • Joan Javits
  • Philip Springer
  • Tony Springer
2:51
Total length:13:15

Charts

Chart (2014)Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [42] 25

Release history

RegionDateEditionFormatLabelRef.
United KingdomDecember 13, 2013Standard Digital download Universal Music [41]
United StatesDecember 17, 2013 Republic [43]
JapanDecember 3, 2014Special CD Universal Music [12]
December 5, 2014Digital download [3]

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