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Everyday Is Christmas (album)

Everyday Is Christmas
SiaEverydayIsChristmas.jpg
Studio album by Sia
Released 17 November 2017
Recorded May 2017
Studio
Genre
Length 35:07
Label
Producer Greg Kurstin
Sia chronology
This Is Acting
(2016)
Everyday Is Christmas
(2017)
Singles from Everyday Is Christmas
  1. "Santa's Coming for Us"
    Released: 30 October 2017

Everyday Is Christmas is the eighth studio album and first Christmas album by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, released by Atlantic Records and Monkey Puzzle on 17 November 2017. The album is her debut album with Atlantic. The album features original songs co-written and produced with Greg Kurstin. The lead single, "Santa's Coming for Us", was released on 30 October 2017, and "Snowman" was released as a promotional single on November 9.

Contents

Recording and releaseEdit

Sia confirmed the release of her first Christmas album on 1 August 2017. The album was her first release through Atlantic Records and features original songs co-written and co-produced by longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin,[2] who worked on Sia's previous three studio albums: We Are Born (2010), 1000 Forms of Fear (2014) and This Is Acting (2016).[3][4] Kurstin also produced the entire album.[5] Everyday Is Christmas was released through Sia's own record label, Monkey Puzzle, and via Inertia in Australia.[6] Sia's frequent dance collaborator, Maddie Ziegler, is featured on the cover.[7]

Recording sessions for the album took place over two weeks in May 2017 and left Sia and Kurstin "laughing at the end of each day". In September, Kurstin said of working on the album with Sia: "I don't know how she comes up with song lyric and melody ideas so quickly. ... [S]he wrote these new Christmas stories. ... I'm still sort of new at this Christmas thing. ... [It] took me back to when we used to get into jazz chord changes. There's some really fun uptempo Christmas jams, and then there's also some Sia ballads."[8]

CompositionEdit

 
Greg Kurstin (pictured in 2017) co-wrote and produced the album.

The standard version of the album features ten original songs co-written and co-produced by Sia and Kurstin.[9][10] A Japanese edition exists as well, published by Warner Music Japan, that contain an exclusive bonus track titled "My Old Santa Claus".

PromotionEdit

The lead single, "Santa's Coming for Us", was released on 30 October, along with the pre-order of the album.[11] A music video of the song was released on 22 November, which stars Kristen Bell hosting a Christmas party.[12] The song reached a peak position of number 9 on Billboard's Holiday Digital Song Sales chart,[13] number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart,[14] and 51 on the Holiday Top 100.[15] It peaked at 39 in the United Kingdom and It debuted at 70 in Scotland.[16]

"Snowman", released on 9 November, reached a peak position of 3 in the Holiday Digital Song Sales chart.[17] Additional songs also charted on the Holiday Digital Song Sales chart, with "Candy Cane Lane" peaking at 13 and "Everyday Is Christmas" peaking at 28.[18] Sia appeared on Ellen (with Maddie Ziegler)[19] and on The Voice to perform "Snowman".[citation needed]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[20]
Review scores
SourceRating
ABC News     [21]
AllMusic     [22]
Cryptic Rock     [23]
The Guardian     [1]
The Post     [24]
Rolling Stone Australia     [25]
Pitchfork5.8/10[26]
Slant Magazine     

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59 based on 6 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, selling 19,000 album-equivalent units, while 15,000 of those were pure album sales.[27]

Track listingEdit

Track listing adapted from Billboard[28]

All tracks written by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin.

No.TitleLength
1."Santa's Coming for Us"3:26
2."Candy Cane Lane"3:32
3."Snowman"2:45
4."Snowflake"4:02
5."Ho Ho Ho"3:25
6."Puppies Are Forever"3:43
7."Sunshine"3:25
8."Underneath the Mistletoe"3:50
9."Everyday Is Christmas"3:23
10."Underneath the Christmas Lights"3:36
Total length:35:07

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Everyday Is Christmas.

  • Sia – songwriting, vocals (all tracks), concept, art direction
  • Greg Kurstin – songwriting, production (all tracks), bass (all tracks), drums (tracks 1–9), keyboards (tracks 1–9), piano (tracks 1–5, 8–10), guitar (tracks 1, 2, 5–7, 9), percussion (tracks 2, 6, 7), organ (track 2), vibraphone (track 2), pump organ (track 5), Mellotron (6, 9, 10), celeste (tracks 4, 7, 8), whistling (track 7), baritone guitar (track 8), glockenspiel (track 8), engineering
  • David Ralicke – trumpet, trombone, baritone sax, bass sax (tracks 1, 5), tenor sax (track 1), Mellophone, Euphonium, soprano sax (track 5)
  • Alex Pasco – engineering
  • Julian Burg – engineering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – mix engineering
  • RJ Shaughnessy – photography
  • Tonya Brewer – glam
  • Samantha Burkhart – wardrobe
  • Leigh Poindexter – art direction
  • Virgilio Tzaj – design

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[31] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[32] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 29
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 8
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[35] 23
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[36] 10
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[37] 22
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[38] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[39] 41
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[40] 38
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[41] 18
Irish Albums (IRMA)[42] 44
Italian Albums (FIMI)[43] 56
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[44] 69
Japanese International Albums (Oricon)[45] 19
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[46] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[47] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[48] 40
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[49] 80
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[50] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[51] 30
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[52] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[53] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[54] 39
US Billboard 200[55] 27
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[56] 3

ReferencesEdit

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