Christmas Kisses (EP)

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Christmas Kisses
Ariana Grande – Christmas Kisses.png
EP by Ariana Grande
Released December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13)
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 13:15 (standard)
16:29 (special)
Label Republic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
Yours Truly
(2013)
Christmas Kisses
(2013)
My Everything
(2014)
Alternative cover
Japanese reissue cover
Japanese reissue cover
Singles from Christmas Kisses
  1. "Last Christmas"
    Released: November 19, 2013
  2. "Love Is Everything"
    Released: November 26, 2013
  3. "Snow in California"
    Released: December 3, 2013
  4. "Santa Baby"
    Released: December 10, 2013
  5. "Santa Tell Me"
    Released: November 24, 2014

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,[1] and on December 17, 2013 in the United States,[2] 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.[3] The EP went on to sell over 405,000 copies worldwide as of 2016.

Background and release[edit]

On 6 November 2013, Grande announced via Twitter she would be releasing new music each week leading up to Christmas, beginning with a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas": "I'm releasing new music for Christmas! New song every week as a countdown to the holidays starting Nov19. Beyond excited to share them w/ U! The 1st song #LastChristmas out Nov 19. I can't wait for u to hear our spin on it. There will be originals as well! Hope u love the music."[4]

"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.[5] 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.[6] In the first week of December, Grande released another original Christmas song "Snow in California"[7] and was later followed by a cover of the 1953 classic "Santa Baby", which features Grande's former Victorious co-star Liz Gillies.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11]

On December 5, the Japanese special edition was released on Japanese iTunes.[3] It was released physically on December 3, two days before the digital release.[12] 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).[13]

Promotion[edit]

Preceding the release of her Christmas EP, she gave a series of performances, including at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,[14][15] NBC New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting broadcast,[16][17] the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles' Staples Center and Z100's Jingle Ball event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[18] She also sang at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, with Big Sean and Mac Miller.[19]

Singles[edit]

"Last Christmas"[edit]

Chart (2013–17) Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[20] 73
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 59
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[22] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 96
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[25] 26
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[26] 32
US Holiday Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[27] 1
US Holiday Streaming Songs (Billboard)[28] 22

"Love Is Everything"[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Netherlands (Singles Top 100)[29] 89
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 132
Ukraine (FDR Music Charts)[31] 1
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[32] 15
US Holiday Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[27] 2

"Snow in California"[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[33] 93
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 151
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[35] 33
US Holiday Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[27] 4

"Santa Baby"[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 155
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[32] 36
US Holiday Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[27] 5

Track listing[edit]

Christmas Kisses – Standard edition[37]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Last Christmas"George Michael3:23
2."Love Is Everything"
3:33
3."Snow in California"
3:27
4."Santa Baby" (featuring Liz Gillies)
  • Joan Javits
  • Philip Springer
  • Tony Springer
2:51
Total length:13:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[38] 25

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom December 13, 2013 Standard Digital download Universal Music [37]
United States December 17, 2013 Republic [39]
Japan December 3, 2014 Special CD Universal Music [12]
December 5, 2014 Digital download [3]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Ariana Grande releases new Christmas song 'Snow in California' – listen". Digital Spy. 2013-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Ariana Grande covers 'Santa Baby' – listen". Digital Spy. 2013-12-10. 
  9. ^ Jacques Peterson. "Ariana Grande Announces New Christmas Single 'Santa Tell Me'". popdust.com. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
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  13. ^ アリアナ・グランデのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ Showiz, Bang. "Ariana Grande leads Thanksgiving Day parade". contactmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ Harrison, Lily. "Ariana Grande, Jimmy Fallon and Austin Mahone Perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade—See the Pics!". Eonline. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "VIDEO: Ariana Grande Performs 'Love is Everything' on NBC". Broadway. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ Thomas, Rebecca. "Ariana Grande And Mariah Carey Have A Diva Duel On Rockefeller 'Christmas' Special". MTV. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ Cruz, Emilie (December 14, 2013). "Miley, Selena, Ariana Grande 'Sleigh' The Crowd At Z100 Jingle Ball – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' Wins Monday Night, Draws Most Viewers Since 2000". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
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  28. ^ "Ariana Grande – Chart History: Holiday Streaming Songs". Billboard. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  29. ^ dutchcharts.nl, "Discografie Ariana Grande Archived August 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.", Accessed May 22, 2016.
  30. ^ zobbel.de, "Chart Log UK: New Entries". Accessed may 22, 2016.
  31. ^ fdr.com.ua, "FDR Pop Singles Chart". Accessed May 22, 2016.
  32. ^ a b "Ariana Grande – Chart History: Holiday 100". Billboard. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
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  36. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update – 21.12.2013 (wk50)". zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
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  38. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2014-12-15" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  39. ^ "Christmas Kisses by Ariana Grande". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 17, 2013.