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Wintersong is the sixth album and first Christmas album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released in October 2006. It was produced by longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand and includes contributions from Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies.[5] The album also includes a duet with Jazz musician Diana Krall.[6] In 2015, all songs from Wintersong plus five more tracks were released as The Classic Christmas Album.

Wintersong
SarahMcLachlanWintersong.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 October 2006
Recorded1994, 2006
GenreChristmas music
Length45:43
LabelNettwerk (Canada)
Arista (US)
ProducerPierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan chronology
Mirrorball: The Complete Concert
(2006)
Wintersong
(2006)
Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff Volume 2
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Blogcritics(?)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars [4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"John Lennon, Yoko Ono3:28
2."What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)"William Chatterton Dix3:31
3."River"Joni Mitchell4:02
4."Wintersong"Sarah McLachlan3:31
5."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Walter Kent, Kim Gannon3:15
6."O Little Town of Bethlehem"Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner3:51
7."The First Noel / Mary Mary"Traditional5:00
8."Silent Night"Josef Mohr, Franz X. Gruber3:48
9."Song for a Winter's Night"Gordon Lightfoot3:48
10."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane3:44
11."In the Bleak Mid-Winter"Christina Rossetti, Gustav Holst3:46
12."Christmas Time is Here" (featuring Diana Krall)Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelsen3:59

A "sampler" CD exists, featuring similar artwork on a cardboard sleeve, which omits "Happy Xmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Song for a Winter's Night", and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

SinglesEdit

"River" was released as a single from that album in September 2006.[7] The song was performed in mid-October on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and reached #71 in the Billboard Hot 100.[8] McLachlan's video for "River" premiered on Yahoo! music, on 1 November 2006. Silent Night from this album was used in an ASPCA commercial

ChartsEdit

Year Single Chart Peak position[8]
2006 River Billboard Hot 100 71
2006 Pop 100 70
Hot Digital Songs 66
2007 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5

SalesEdit

Wintersong debuted on the Billboard 200 album sales chart at number 42, selling about 20,000 copies in its first week.[9] The album later peaked at number 7 on the chart.[10]

Wintersong was also the best-selling holiday album of 2006 in the United States according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with total sales of 759,000 copies that year.[11]

On 13 December 2007, Wintersong was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies in the U.S.[12] In Canada, it has sold over 200,000 copies, and has been certified Double Platinum.[13]

On the week of 17 December 2011, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 195.[14]

PersonnelEdit

  • Sarah McLachlan: Vocals, Piano, Harp, Dobro[15]
  • Pierre Marchand: Keyboards, Programming, Synth Bass, Quartet Manipulations, Vienna Keyboard Strings
  • Jim Creeggan: Double Bass
  • Colin Cripps: Guitar, Dobro
  • Diana Krall: Piano on "Christmas Time Is Here".
  • Ashwin Sood: Drums, Percussion
  • Luke Doucet: Guitar
  • Bill Dillon: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
  • Bob Doige: Sleigh Bells
  • Daryl Johnson: Bass
  • Vince Mai: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Brian Minato: Bass
  • David Kershaw: Keyboards
  • David Sinclair: Guitar

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] 3× Platinum 315,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,100,000[23]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blogcritics review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Slant Magazine review
  5. ^ Katie Hasty (6 August 2006). "McLachlan Salutes Holiday Season On New CD". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2006.
  6. ^ Wintersong SarahMcLachlan.com Retrieved 18 May 2007
  7. ^ News SarahMcLachlan.com Retrieved 18 May 2007
  8. ^ a b Sarah McLachlan Billboard.com Retrieved 18 May 2007
  9. ^ Katie Hasty, "Diddy Scores First No. 1 Album In Nine Years", Billboard.com, 25 October 2006.
  10. ^ Artist chart history for Sarah McLachlan (albums), Billboard.com.
  11. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  12. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database - Gold & Platinum Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 16 December 2010.
  13. ^ CRIA Gold & Platinum certifications for January 2007 Archived 26 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
  14. ^ "Music Albums", Billboard.com, 8 December 2011.
  15. ^ AllMusic Allmusic.com Retrieved 18 May 2007
  16. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Nielsen Music 2006 Year End Music Industry Report for Canada". Nielsen SoundScan. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  20. ^ Paul Grein. "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 11 December 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  21. ^ "2007: Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  23. ^ Keith Caulfield. "Sarah McLachlan Talks 'Challenge' of Making New Holiday Album & Secrets of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Billboard. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Sarah Mc Lachlan – Wintersong". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 October 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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