Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Tops the First Billboard Holiday 100 of the Christmas Season

Mariah Carey has reclaimed her Christmas crown…

Billboard’s Holiday 100 has returned to the charts menu, ranking the top seasonal songs of all eras, with the 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress ruling the roost.

Mariah Carey

Claiming its familiar perch atop the Holiday 100, Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” rules the ranking for a 41st week of the chart’s 46 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 26 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

The Holiday 100 uses the same formula as the Billboard Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay and sales data.

The only other Holiday 100 No. 1s to date: Justin Bieber‘s “Mistletoe,” for a week in the 2011-12 holiday season; Pentatonix‘s “Little Drummer Boy” (one, 2013-14) and “Mary, Did You Know?” (two, 2014-15); and Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me” (one, 2014-15).

Carey’s 1994 carol crowns two of the three Holiday 100 component charts (with all tallies dated December 5): Holiday Airplay (21.5 million audience impressions, up 37%, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data) and Holiday Streaming Songs (17.6 million U.S. streams, up 51%). On Holiday Digital Song Sales, it ranks at No. 4 (4,000 sold, up 26%).

Rounding out the Holiday 100’s top five is a quartet of multi-generational favorites: Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” at No. 2, as it tops Digital Song Sales for the first time (7,000 sold); Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 3); Andy Williams‘ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (No. 4); and Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” (No. 5).

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix Group Mates Announce “Best of” Christmas Album & Tour

Kirstin Maldonado is preparing for the greatest Christmas…

The 27-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer and her Pentatonix group mates have announced their latest holiday-themed greatest hits album, The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, due October 25 via RCA Records

Pentatonix

The festive record will feature four new songs in addition to the Grammy-winning a cappella group’s best-selling tracks from its last four holiday albums.

Pentatonix renditions of yuletide carols have been celebrated on the Hot 100 over the last few years: “Little Drummer Boy” played on at No. 13 in 2013, their Christmas version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” held down the fort at No. 23 in 2017, and “Mary, Did You Know?” delivered at No. 26 in 2014. The latter two hits were certified platinum.

Additionallu, the quintet will also embark on A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, presented by SiriusXM. Pentatonix will kick off the tour with two shows at New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Gardenon November 30 and December 1 before heading to 14 other stops around the country.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time here.

Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas Tour 2019
Nov. 30 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 1 — New York, NY @ HULU Theater at Madison Square Garden
Dec. 5 — Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
Dec. 7 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 8 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 10 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 11 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Dec. 12 — Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center*
Dec. 14 — Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Dec. 18 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 19 — Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 21 — Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
Dec. 22 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 23 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie
 
*Tickets go on sale at 12pm local time.

Kirstin Maldonado & Her Pentatonix Group Mates Join Voices with Jennifer Hudson on “How Great Thou Art” Cover

Kirstin Maldonado is getting into the holiday spirit with an assist from an Oscar winner…

The 25-year-old half-Mexican and part-Spanish American singer/songwriter and her Pentatonix group mates have joined voices with Jennifer Hudson on their soulful cover of “How Great Thou Art.”

Kirstin Maldonado & Pentatonix

The performance of the song was uploaded to Pentatonix’s official YouTube channel this week ahead of their NBC holiday special A Very Pentatonix Christmas airing on Monday, November 27.

Hudson voice flawlessly meshes with Maldonado and her group mates before Hudson soars into her own notes for the verse “Then sings my soul,” with Pentatonix later breaking out the beatboxing.

 

This is Pentatonix’s latest venture into Christmas music. Three of their four charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 are Christmas covers: “Little Drummer Boy,” “Hallelujah” and “Mary, Did You Know?”

The full Pentatonix Christmas holiday special will begin airing at 10:00 pm EST on November 27.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Returns to No. 1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100

Mariah Carey is the Queen of Christmas…

The 44-year-old half-Venezuelan actress has dashed her way back to the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which moves up from 2-1.

Mariah Carey

Since the Holiday 100 launched in December 2011, “Christmas” is the only song that has reigned in each season.

It tallies its 14th week at the summit, of 18 total weeks that the chart has been tabulated.

“Christmas” reclaims the Holiday 100 summit despite not leading any of the chart’s main component rankings. It places at No. 2 on Holiday Digital Songs, with 37,000 downloads sold (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen Music; No. 3 on Holiday Airplay (25.3 million in radio audience, up 18 percent); and No. 4 on Holiday Streaming Songs (2.1 million U.S. streams, up 19 percent).

Still, its balanced points spread is enough to dethrone Pentatonix‘s “Mary, Did You Know?” after two weeks atop the Holiday 100. (The only songs to lead the list other than “Christmas” and “Mary”: Pentatonix’s “Little Drummer Boy,” on December 21, 2013, and Justin Bieber‘s “Mistletoe,” on January 7, 2012.)

“To me, it’s kind of a cosmic occurrence that happens once every five billion years,” Walter Afanasieff, who co-wrote “Christmas” with Carey in 1994, told Billboard in October of the song’s perennial success. “We feel lucky, because it was the last major song to enter that Christmas canon. Then the door slammed shut. [Although] I’m sure there’s going to be another one; there has to be.”

“Christmas,” says Afanasieff, “just keeps growing and growing. I believe [it] will be the most successful, popular Christmas song of all time.”

Maldonado’s Pentatonix Makes History on the Billboard Holiday Charts

Kirstie Maldonado is making holiday history while spreading Christmas cheer…

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish singer and her fellow Pentatonix group members, who earned their first-ever Grammy nomination on Friday, have become the first act to top both of Billboard’s seasonal charts simultaneously.

Pentatonix

Pentatonix’s “Mary, Did You Know?” tops the Billboard Holiday 100 chart this week. The Christmas song actually earned top debut honors on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Meanwhile, the group – the winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off – command the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart for a sixth week with That’s Christmas to Me (227,000 sold, up 129 percent, according to Nielsen Music). It’s led the chart since its November 8 debut.

Additionally, That’s Christmas to Me is the first album by a group to notch as many as six straight weeks at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums since Hanson‘s Snowed In likewise blanketed the list for six weeks in 1997-98.

“Mary” marks Pentatonix’s second Holiday 100 No. 1: “Little Drummer Boy” topped the Dec. 21, 2013, chart.

Maldonado’s Pentatonix Debuts on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

Kirstie Maldonado is making sweet music on social media…

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist’s a cappella quintet Pentatonixthe winner of NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011 – has landed on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 24.

Pentatonix

Pentatonix’s surge onto the chart is a reaction to its consistently-growing online fan base, which has been kept engaged by the group’s steady stream of releases to their YouTube channel.

The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.

Two weeks ago, Pentatonix released a video for their version of “Cruisin for a Bruisin,” a track from the Disney Channel original movie Teen Beach Movie.

The group appeared together on the Disney Channel on Sunday, November 17, during a special airing of the movie to help promote the show.

The effort, combined with a video for their version of “Little Drummer Boy,” released November 25, was the spark for their jump onto the Social 50.

The Disney Channel appearance is reflected in a 104% rise in conversation about the group the following week, which led to them adding 308,000 new fans to their online audience on Facebook and Twitter (up 39% from the previous week). The popularity of their subsequent video releases caused traffic on their channel to jump 77% over the previous week.