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ReJoyce: The Christmas Album is the fourth studio album by American pop singer Jessica Simpson. It was released by Columbia Records on November 23, 2004. The album features cover versions of popular Christmas songs and includes a duet with her sister, Ashlee Simpson, on the song "Little Drummer Boy". Additionally, it also includes a duet with Nick Lachey, Simpson's husband at the time, on "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The cover of Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" was notable, as Simpson has said that Amy Grant is one of her favorite recording artists and her role model.[1] Two singles were released from the album: "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and "What Christmas Means to Me" (although no accompanying video was produced). Song "O Holy Night" had an accompanying music video.

ReJoyce: The Christmas Album
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 2004
Recorded2004
Studio
Genre
Length38:53
LabelColumbia
Producer
Jessica Simpson chronology
In This Skin
(2003)
ReJoyce: The Christmas Album
(2004)
A Public Affair
(2006)

ReJoyce: The Christmas Album was released after Simpson's most successful studio album of her career In This Skin (2003). The album has sold two million copies in the United States, as of February 23, 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in January 2005.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyD+[3]

The album garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewin editor of Allmusic, said: ReJoyce: The Christmas Album, never approaches the old-fashioned manners implied in the title and instead wallows in the big, brassy, over-the-top spectacle of show biz. Rejoyce is a Christmas album that sounds like it was recorded at a Las Vegas revue. It's filled with showstoppers and grandstanding, relying on the tried-and-true seasonal classics while offering a couple of new songs almost as an afterthought. It's bright and incessantly cheerful, always seeming loud even during its quietest moments because the music itself is bold and brassy. While she sounds a little too breathy on occasion, Simpson acquits herself well on the record, and the entire enterprise will surely please her fans, particularly those who like her persona just a little bit better than her singing.

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number sixteen with sales of 152,000 copies sold in its first week.[4] The album later climbed up to number fourteen.[5] As of February 23, 2009, the album has sold a total of 669,000 copies[6] in the United States and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[7]

Track listingEdit

  • All tracks were produced by Billy Mann, except for "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" which was produced by Mann and Chris Rojas.
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"2:01
2."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"4:02
3."Baby, It's Cold Outside" (duet with Nick Lachey)Frank Loesser2:47
4."O Holy Night"Adolphe Adam4:10
5."The Little Drummer Boy" (duet with Ashlee Simpson)3:39
6."I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"Tommie Connor3:07
7."What Child Is This"Traditional3:55
8."What Christmas Means to Me"
  • George Gordy
  • Allen Story
  • Anna Gordy Gaye
3:00
9."Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"5:38
10."It's Christmas Time Again"
  • Mann
  • Lachey
  • Rojas
  • Jessica Simpson
3:12
11."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (featuring Tye Tribbett and GA)Felix Mendelssohn3:12
Total length:38:53

A Special Limited Edition Christmas CollectionEdit

A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection
EP by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2004
Recorded2004
Genre
Length25:53
LabelColumbia
ProducerBilly Mann

Simpson's first extended play (EP), titled A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection, was packaged with the ReJoyce: The Christmas Album deluxe edition that was made available exclusively on her official music store.[8]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"2:01
2."The Little Drummer Boy" (duet with Ashlee Simpson)3:39
3."O Holy Night"Adolphe Adam4:10
4."What Christmas Means to Me"
  • George Gordy
  • Allen Story
  • Anna Gordy Gaye
3:00
5."Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"5:38
6."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"Felix Mendelssohn3:12
7."Angels" (Acoustic version)4:05
Total length:25:53

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2004–12) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 14
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[10] 30
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[11] 2

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak
positions
US Billboard AC
2004 "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" 20[12]
"What Christmas Means to Me" 8[13]

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 669,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jessica Simpson in Dolly Parton Duet?". Fox News. January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "ReJoyce: The Christmas Album - Jessica Simpson". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (2004-12-17). "Hot And Coal". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
  4. ^ "Sorry, Jessica: Billboard's #1 Belongs to Bob Dylan". MTV. September 6, 2006. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jessica Simpson – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jessica Simpson.
  6. ^ "Billboard.com – Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Jessica Simpson - Rejoyce: The Christmas Album". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jessica Simpson - A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection - Amazon.com Music". Amazon Music. September 14, 2004. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jessica Simpson Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Jessica Simpson Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Jessica Simpson Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Jessica Simpson – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Jessica Simpson.
  13. ^ "Jessica Simpson – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Jessica Simpson.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Jessica Simpson". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 6, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.