Under the Mistletoe

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Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe.jpg
Studio album by Justin Bieber
Released November 1, 2011[1]
Recorded 2011
Genre
Length 37:51
50:38 (deluxe edition)
Label Island
Producer
Justin Bieber chronology
Never Say Never: The Remixes
(2011)Never Say Never: The Remixes2011
Under the Mistletoe
(2011)
Believe
(2012)Believe2012
Singles from Under the Mistletoe
  1. "Mistletoe"
    Released: October 17, 2011
  2. "All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)"
    Released: November 30, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 54/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
The New York Times (mixed)[6]
Sputnikmusic 1/5 stars[7]

Under the Mistletoe is the first Christmas album and second studio album by Canadian recording artist Justin Bieber. It was released on November 1, 2011, by Island Records.

Background[edit]

On August 25, 2011, Bieber announced that he would be releasing his first Christmas album and second studio album later in 2011.[8] Manager Scooter Braun and vocal producer Kuk Harrell confirmed a week later that Bieber had collaborated with Sean Kingston and Taylor Swift and had also worked with producers The Messengers.[9] Later that month, it was announced that Boyz II Men, Usher, and The Band Perry were also collaborating with Bieber on the album.[10] On September 30, 2011, Bieber released the official album cover and album name on Facebook,[10] on October 4, 2011, Mariah Carey revealed that she and Bieber recorded her song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as a duet for the new album. Justin's version of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" from the motion picture Arthur Christmas, as samples the song I Want You Back by the Jackson 5.[11]

Singles[edit]

The album's first single "Mistletoe", was written and produced with The Messengers, and it was released on October 17, 2011.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, shipping 210,000 units during its opening week.[13] Under the Mistletoe is Justin Bieber's third number-one album and third platinum selling album following Never Say Never: The Remixes earlier in the year. It was also the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at number-one.[13] Bieber also became the first solo artist to have three number-one albums before his 18th birthday,[13] for all of 2011, the album totaled 1,245,000 copies in US sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and was the eleventh best-selling album of the year.[14] As of December 2015, the album had sold 1,510,000 copies in the United States,[15] the album also debuted within the top 10 in Spain, Australia, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas"
  • Stewart
  • Pearce
3:12
2. "Mistletoe" The Messengers 3:02
3. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (featuring Usher)
3:35
4. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • Stewart
  • Pearce
3:36
5. "Fa La La" (featuring Boyz II Men)
  • Harvey
  • Josh Cross
3:05
6. "All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)" (duet with Mariah Carey)
4:00
7. "Drummer Boy" (featuring Busta Rhymes)
  • Harrell
  • Sean K
3:45
8. "Christmas Eve"
  • Thompson
  • Boogie Wizzard
  • Brown*
3:43
9. "All I Want Is You"
  • Bieber
  • Brandon Hamilton
Bieber 3:36
10. "Home This Christmas" (featuring The Band Perry)
  • Nasri
  • Turpin
3:24
11. "Silent Night" Harrell 2:49
Total length: 37:51
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Christmas Love"
  • Atweh
  • Messinger
  • Bieber
The Messengers 3:26
13. "Fa La La" (A Capella) (featuring Boyz II Men)
  • Shropshire
  • Bieber
  • Harvey
  • Harvey
  • Cross
2:55
14. "Pray"
  • Atweh
  • Messinger
  • Omar Martinez
  • Bieber
The Messengers 3:32
15. "Someday at Christmas"
  • Ronald Miller
  • Bryan Wells
Jay Riehl 2:53
Total length: 50:38
Deluxe Edition DVD Contains Exclusive Content[16]
No. Title Length
16. "In The Studio Making the Album"  
17. "Making of the "Mistletoe" Video"  
18. "Pray" (Music video)  
Note (*) denotes a co-producer
Sample Credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Liner Notes[19]

  • Justin Bieber - vocals (tracks 3, 9, 11, lead on tracks 1-2, 4-6, 8, 10, singing on 7), rap vocals (7), live drums (7), music producer (7, 9)
  • Nasri Atweh - music producer (track 10), musical arrangements (10), additional background vocals (2)
  • The Band Perry - vocals (track 10)
  • Brandon Bee - drums (track 10), bass played by (10)
  • Jonathan Berry - guitar (track 10)
  • Durell Bottoms - assistant recording engineer (track 5)
  • Boyz II Men - vocals (track 5)
  • Chris Brown - background vocals (track 8), music producer (8)
  • Busta Rhymes - rap vocals (track 7)
  • Mariah Carey - lead vocals (track 6), music producer (6)
  • Tim Carmon - piano (track 3), keyboards (11)
  • Martin Cooke - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • Josh Cross - music producer (track 5)
  • Melonie Daniels - background vocals (track 6)
  • Brad Dechter - musical arrangement (track 6), orchestral arrangement (6)
  • Greg DePante - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • Nicolas Essig - assistant recording engineer (track 5)
  • Iain Findlay - assistant recording engineer (track 8)
  • Angie Fisher - background vocals (track 6)
  • Jesus Garnica - assistant audio mixing (tracks 1, 4-5, 7-8)
  • Jerohn Garrett - drums (track 6)
  • Brian Garten - recording engineer (track 6)
  • Sharlotte Gibson - background vocals (track 6)
  • Josh Gudwin - recording engineer (All tracks)
  • Kuk Harrell - vocal producer (All tracks), music producer (track 11), background vocals (1, 4)
  • Bernard Harvey - music producer (track 5)
  • Bryan Jackson - background vocals (track 4)
  • Randy Jackson - music producer (track 6)
  • Jaycen Joshua - audio mixing (tracks 1, 4-5, 7-8)
  • Sean K. - music producer (tracks 3, 7), music programming (3)
  • Thomas Kanarek - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • Mitch Kinney - assistant recording engineer (tracks 2, 5, 8)
  • Miguel Lara - assistant recording engineer (tracks 1-5, 7-11)
  • Damien Lewis - assistant audio mixing (tracks 2-3, 6), additional recording engineer (tracks 9-11)
  • Peter Mack - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • Sherry McGhee - background vocals (track 6)
  • The Messengers - music producers (track 2), instrumental arrangement (2), vocal arrangement (2)
  • Adam Messinger - all instruments played by (track 2)
  • Luis Navarro - assistant recording engineer (tracks 1, 4)
  • George Nozuka - additional background vocals (track 10)
  • Chris "Tek" O'Ryan - recording engineer (All tracks)
  • Charlie Paakkari - assistant recording engineer (track 6)
  • Aaron Pearce - music producer (tracks 1, 4), music programming (1, 4)
  • Doc Powell - guitar (track 6)
  • Daniela Rivera - assistant audio mixing (tracks 2-3), additional recording engineer (9-11)
  • Marc Shaiman - musical arrangement (track 6), orchestral arrangement (6)
  • Jason Sherwood - assistant recording engineer (track 3)
  • Adonis Shropshire - additional background vocals (track 5)
  • Brian Springer - recording engineer (track 8)
  • C. "Tricky" Stewart - music producer (tracks 1, 4), music programming (1, 4)
  • Tom Strahle - guitar (track 9)
  • S'Von - piano (track 10)
  • Phil Tan - audio mixing (tracks 2-3, 6, 9-11)
  • Antwan Thompson - music producer (track 8)
  • Lloyd "Sonny" Thompson - bass played by (track 6)
  • Michael Thompson - guitar (tracks 1, 3-4)
  • Micah Tolentino - background vocals (track 6)
  • Nick Turpin - music producer (track 10), musical arrangement (10), additional background vocals (10)
  • Usher - vocals (track 3)
  • Stephen Villa - assistant recording engineer (tracks 1, 4)
  • Jerrol "Boogie" Wizzard - music producer (track 8)
  • James "Big Jim" Wright - music producer (track 6), keyboards (6)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Colombia (ASINCOL)[37] Gold 5,000x
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[38] 2× Platinum 80,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[39] Platinum 20,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[40] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[41] Gold 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[42] Platinum+Gold 90,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[43] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[44] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[45] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[48] Platinum 1,510,000[15]
Venezuela (APFV)[49] Gold 5,000x

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s)
Indonesia[16] November 8, 2011 CD, DVD Universal Music Standard, deluxe

See also[edit]

Justin Bieber discography

References[edit]

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