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Christmas on the Top of the Charts

The most popular album (record; collection of songs) of 2011 in the United States was the British singer Adele’s “21.” You’ve probably heard of Adele and her impressive (amazing; awesome) voice.

You probably did not know that the second most popular record of 2011 was not by Justin Bieber or Beyonce or some rapper. No, the second best-selling album of last year was  Michael Bublé‘s “Christmas.”

Never heard of Bublé? He’s what we call a crooner, someone who sings songs in the style of the great pop singers of the 1940s and ’50s, singers like Frank Sinatra.

Bublé has discovered what many other singers have learned: Christmas music is almost guaranteed (certain) to sell, and sell big (a lot), every year. Every November and December, Christmas songs sung by pop singers hit the top of the charts. (“The charts” refers to the list of the best-selling songs or albums of a certain period of time. To hit the top of the charts means to sell more songs or albums than anyone else for that week, month, or year.)

In fact, if you are a popular singer and want to make a lot of money, putting out (releasing; making available for sale) a Christmas album is a very smart business decision, no matter (regardless) of what kind of singer you are. Country music stars, old rockers (singer of rock music), crooners like Bublé – almost everyone who records a Christmas album makes money.

Sometimes the songs on the albums are original ones. Sometimes they are traditional carols (Christmas songs that have been around for many hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years). It doesn’t really matter.

I’m thinking of releasing my own Christmas album next year, maybe singing Bruce Springsteen‘s rendition (version; performance) of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or Rod Stewart’s “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Look for it on iTunes in 2013.

~Jeff

Image Credit: Christmas Minstral Playing Pipe and Tabor, Wikipedia PD

15 Responses to “Christmas on the Top of the Charts”

  1. emiliano Says:

    Why not Jeff?.

    With the great voice that you have and the good singer you are it´s sure you could make a lot of money.
    But, we are not interested in your career as a singer because if you earn such a lot of money it could
    be possible you may change your profession from a podcaster teacher, the best, to a good known singer
    who make a lot of mone recording Christmas album, so no please Jeff not do such a thing.

    By the way I know quite well Michael Buble an I like his voice a lot, even I have some cds and a concert of him an it
    is really nice to listen to him as you may understand all the lyrics, his English is very good.
    I don´t not know so good to Adele but I have listened some of her songs and she is really nice, good voice and
    good tunes.

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS JEFF, LUCY, WARREN, ESL TEAM, AND ALL THE FRIEND BLOGERS.

    emiliano

  2. Peter Says:

    Thanks for the tips for your upcoming songs Jeff:))
    I will look them up for sure.
    You said Christmas songs sell big at this time of the year. But, never mentioned why it is ?
    Is it because at Christmas time people get all Christmassy,so they pay pretty penny with all christmass-related stuff!!
    Or ,there is a rational reason behind it.
    Why do they sell big?
    Why are they huge on the chart ,at this time of the year ?
    It could not be just for the sake’s of Christmas time.
    Any one venture an answer.

    Yours

  3. Adriana Chacon Says:

    Merry Christmas, Jeff! I’ll wait for his Christmas album! Hope to hear songs from their Christmas in department stores next year, when I’m buying my presents.

  4. Øyvor Steinsheim Says:

    Hi!

    As for me, I get in a good mood when listening to Christmas songs.. actually..I purchased a couple of albums today, for my
    grandchildren, I want to teach them the traditional Norwegian x-mas songs..and I haven`t got Jeff`s exellent voice..

    Merry Christmas Lucy, Jeff and all members..or as we say it here: God Jul! Godt Nyttår!

  5. Dan Says:

    Hello Guys.

    That ‘s correct Jeff.
    I also like Peter do not get why but that is how things apparently are.
    Personally, I have never bought an album of that type and now that I am thinking about it never went through my mind either.

    My explanation of why that happens is that probably people are more inclined toward spending money during this period of the year.
    In short Christmas in a big money cow to milk.

    Thanks.

  6. Peter Says:

    Yep !
    Dan ,my friend
    You are probably right!!!
    At this time of the year,people tend to spend more money in particular on things that is related to Christmass ,so Christmass carols and songs could be a cash cow. That could be a reason for it.
    But ,there must be more to it.
    It is all psychological.

  7. Sergio Rodrigues Says:

    Whether you decide to record the album or not, I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013.

    Sergio Rodrigues
    Brasilia – Brazil

  8. Tania Says:

    Hi! Plymouth Rock… I know nothing about this Rock.
    But telling us about he Pilgrims’story and their Mayflower ship I have started to remember from the History lessons.
    I remember very well the ship name. Mayflower…a very nice name for a ship.
    Maybe because we have a hard winter this year , I am impressed by their story.
    They arrived off the cost of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November 1620.
    The Pilgrims’first winter was very hard and many people died from the cold. Still, the colony survived.
    In early 1621, an American Indian came to Plymouth and taught them how to survive in the wilderness, where to hunt deer.

  9. Tania Says:

    Hi!
    The Pilgrims had a good harvest that fall. To give thanks , they invited some Indians to a great feast.
    The celebration, which lasted three days, was the first Thanksgiving.
    I now understand the real meaning of Thanksgiving and why Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the U.S. celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
    The Pilgrims’story of seeking religious freedom has become a central theme of the history and culture of the United States.
    We learn a lot from the History lessons.
    Thank you.

  10. Tania Says:

    Hi! Thank you for the Sam Sheppard murder trial, 1954.
    “The Fugitive” is one of my favourite movie without knowing it is a real case. I like and Harrison Ford and Tom Lee Jones so , I saw this movie twice or three times.
    A great pleasure listening to this true story.
    Thank you.

  11. Tania Says:

    Hi! Thank you for the explanation of the word “transcendent”.
    We adopted the same word “transcendent”. I think from the Kant’s philosophy.
    A good thing to repeat. And at a certain age we perceive new meanings more profound.
    Thank you.

  12. Tania Says:

    Dear Santa,
    Here’s your sleigh!

    Very well,
    Let’s fly away!

    Christmas is fun,
    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  13. Tania Says:

    Dear Santa, watch your step,
    Everybody is in bed!

    Now, take the toys!
    Please, don’t make any noise.

    Santa Claus,
    You’re really here!

  14. Tania Says:

    Dear Santa, we thank you.
    And you know…we love you!

    Santa Claus brings us a gift with every ESLPOD lesson. ESLPOD team is our Santa Claus for those who believe in Santa Claus.

    We thank you. And you know…we love you.

  15. George Louis Says:

    hahaha Jeff, If you record a Christmas album, I will be the first to get one. You can do a Christmas version for that song ”This is Jeff Mc, coming to youuu fromm beautifuuuuul Los Angeles, Californiaa ? ? ???” haha :)
    Thanks Jeff. I hope you and Lucy are having an awesome Christmas. I wish you all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!