|Released||December 13, 2013|
|Studio||Brandon’s Way Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)|
|Ariana Grande chronology|
Japanese reissue cover
|Singles from Christmas Kisses|
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,and on December 17, 2013 in the United States, 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. The EP went on to sell over 405,000 copies worldwide as of 2016.
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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.
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"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.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. In the first week of December, Grande released another original Christmas song "Snow in California" and was later followed by a cover of the 1953 classic "Santa Baby", which features Grande's former Victorious co-star Liz Gillies.
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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.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.
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On December 5, the Japanese special edition was released on Japanese iTunes.It was released physically on December 3, two days before the digital release. 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).
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Preceding the release of her Christmas EP, she gave a series of performances, including at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,NBC New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting broadcast, the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles' Staples Center and Z100's Jingle Ball event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She also sang at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve , with Big Sean and Mac Miller.
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|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||73|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||59|
|South Korea International Chart (Gaon)||5|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||92|
|US Billboard Hot 100||96|
|US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard )||26|
|US Holiday 100 ( Billboard )||32|
|US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard )||1|
|US Holiday Streaming Songs ( Billboard )||22|
|Netherlands (Singles Top 100)||89|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||132|
|Ukraine (FDR Music Charts)||1|
|US Holiday 100 ( Billboard )||15|
|US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard )||2|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||93|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||151|
|US Holiday 100 ( Billboard )||33|
|US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard )||4|
|Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)||16|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||53|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||155|
|US Holiday 100 ( Billboard )||36|
|US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard )||5|
|Christmas Kisses– Standard edition|
|1.||"Last Christmas"||George Michael||3:23|
|2.||"Love Is Everything"||3:33|
|3.||"Snow in California"||3:27|
|4.||"Santa Baby" (featuring Liz Gillies)||2:51|
|Christmas Kisses– Japanese special reissue edition (bonus track)|
|5.||"Santa Tell Me"||3:24|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||25|
|United Kingdom||December 13, 2013||Standard||Digital download||Universal Music|
|United States||December 17, 2013||Republic|
|Japan||December 3, 2014||Special||CD||Universal Music|
|December 5, 2014||Digital download|
Lescott Kevin Lyttle Coombs, better known as Kevin Lyttle, is a Vincentian soca artist, who had a worldwide hit with "Turn Me On" in 2004, recorded with the dancehall artist Spragga Benz.
"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in December 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since its original release.
The discography of American alternative rock band Switchfoot consists of eleven studio albums, four live albums, three compilation albums, five video albums, ten extended plays, forty-three singles, nine promotional singles and thirty-nine music videos. The band, originally called Chin Up, consists of singer/guitarist and primary songwriter Jon Foreman, bassist Tim Foreman, drummer Chad Butler, lead guitarist Drew Shirley and synthesizer/keyboardist/guitarist Jerome Fontamillas.
Norwegian singer and songwriter Annie has two released studio albums, five mix albums, three extended plays, 20 singles, two promotional singles and eight music videos.
British rock band Mumford & Sons have released four studio albums, two live albums, eleven extended plays, sixteen singles and eleven music videos.
The discography of Laura Marling, an English folk musician, consists of six studio albums, one live album, six extended plays and sixteen singles. She has also featured on singles by two other artists and released an EP in collaboration with Mumford and Sons and Indian collective Dharohar Project in 2010.
American record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter Skrillex has released one studio album, five extended plays, 40 singles, and 23 music videos.
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The discography of English rock band Beady Eye consists of two studio albums, one extended play, eleven singles and ten music videos. Formed in 2009, as one of two bands formed following the split of Oasis in 2009. The other is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. The band consists of vocalist Liam Gallagher, guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell, bassist Jay Mehler and drummer Chris Sharrock – with the exception of Mehler, all had previously been involved with the English rock band Oasis.
American singer Ariana Grande has released five studio albums, one compilation album, one remix album, four extended plays (EPs), forty-two singles, seven promotional singles and thirty-seven music videos. After signing with Republic Records, she released her debut single "Put Your Hearts Up" in December 2011.
"Baby I" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). It was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio Dixon and Patrick "J. Que" Smith and produced by the first two. The song was released by Republic Records on July 22, 2013, as the second single from the album. The song was initially written with the singer Beyoncé in mind, but she rejected it. "Baby I" is a pop and R&B song with drums, horns and a syncopated beat. It also contains an uptempo '90s-inspired beat. Lyrically, the song is about not being able to fully express your feelings towards someone you love. The song was well received by music critics who complimented the song's "throwback" sound while others praised Grande's vocals comparing to the singer Mariah Carey.
"Break Free" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande featuring Russian-German music producer Zedd. Written by Savan Kotecha and its producers Zedd and Max Martin, it premiered on July 2, 2014 on Total Ariana Live, MTV's revival of Total Request Live. The song was made available by digital download later that day and was serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio on July 8, 2014 as the second single from Grande's sophomore studio album My Everything (2014). Musically, the song explores EDM and electro genres, a musical departure for Grande, whose discography is primarily composed of pop and R&B.
My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande, released on August 25, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. In the album's production, Ariana worked with a host of producers – including Max Martin, Shellback, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Zedd, and David Guetta. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. As of April 2018, the album has sold 735,000 copies in the United States.
"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album.
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Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The song "Focus" was the intended lead single. However, later the album's name was changed to Dangerous Woman and "Focus" was removed from the album's standard track listing. Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers.
"Imagine" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. The song was written by Grande, Jameel Roberts and Priscilla Renea alongside its producers Pop Wansel and Happy Perez. It was released on December 14, 2018, as the first promotional single from her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). Lyrically, the song speaks about Grande's denial of failed relationships.