Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart makes its seasonal return to our charts menu, as Carrie Underwood’s first holiday set, My Gift, debuts at No. 1. The album was released on Sept. 25 via Capitol Nashville and earned 43,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Underwood leads a top 10 filled with familiar favorites during the holiday season, including Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas TV soundtrack, Michael Bublé’s Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas.
The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Oct. 10-dated chart (where My Gift unwraps at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 6. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
The Top Holiday Albums chart will continue to be published on a weekly basis through early January of 2021, when it will then dash away until the next holiday season. The tally generally returns each October.
Underwood’s My Gift is the first holiday album released in 2020 to also debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, where it launches at No. 8, marking the performer’s eighth total and consecutive top 10 effort.
My Gift features Underwood’s renditions of such standards as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The set also boasts a duet with John Legend on a new original tune “Hallelujah,” and a featured turn by Underwood’s son Isaiah Fisher on “Little Drummer Boy.”
1977: The Year in 50 Classic Rock albums
By the latter half of the ’70s, rock had fragmented and flown off into several different directions; many fans debated whether this sub-genre or that was even rock. Some shunned the newly emerging punk and new wave artists while others welcomed the usurpers, happy to have some stripped-down sounds and fresh faces—the Clash, Talking Heads, Ramones, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols, etc.—placing the old guard on notice. Some preferred the expansive prog-rock, others embraced the increasingly harder heavy metal bands and others stood by their old heroes, many of whom were still producing quality work. Indeed, well-established names like Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt released some of their finest work in 1977—and enjoyed some of the year’s greatest successes. by Best Classic Bands Staff
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