Here is the official announcement about Mariah Carey coming to HSN — news that we broke over the weekend.
HSN Partners with One of the Greatest Singers of our Time – Mariah Carey – for Exclusive On-Air Launch of her New Holiday Album ‘Merry Christmas II You’
–TUNE IN ON OCTOBER 20th — New album to be bundled with 30-minute DVD featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Carey recording second Christmas album, candid interviews and never-before-seen personal photos and festive Christmas videos —
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept 27, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — HSN, a leading multichannel retailer, has partnered with one of the greatest singers of our time – Mariah Carey – for the exclusive launch on October 20 of her highly anticipated holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, ahead of its worldwide release on November 2 on the Island Def Jam Music Group.
The album will be bundled with a 30-minute DVD featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Mariah Carey recording her second Christmas album, candid interviews with the artist discussing her inspiration behind the album and reminiscing about the holidays and favorite traditions, footage of her album photo shoot with acclaimed photographer David LaChapelle, interviews with Mariah Carey’s mother Patricia Carey and composer Marc Shaiman, and pictures from Mariah’s personal photo holiday collection.
Consumers will be able to pre-order the album/DVD package beginning September 27 on hsn.com/mariahcarey.
“This album is a labor of love – a gift to those who share my excitement about the Christmas season and want to fill this special time of year with heartwarming, festive and uplifting music,” said Mariah Carey. “This is the sequel to ‘Merry Christmas’ from me II you. On the DVD, you’ll see some exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the making of this album, which are yours exclusively courtesy of HSN. Hope you love the album and the DVD! Merry Christmas! Love Mariah.”
Merry Christmas II You contains original material and holiday classics, including a re-record of Mariah Carey’s original self-penned #1 Christmas classic “All I Want for Christmas is You,” as well as her new single “Oh Santa,” an undeniable holiday smash destined to top the Christmas charts for years to come.
The new album will also feature holiday classics, including “The First Noel,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Mariah Carey has teamed with superstar producers. Music mogul LA Reid provided guidance and expertise.
Mariah Carey also worked with longtime friend and musical director-producer extraordinaire Randy Jackson to create this new sequel to her first Christmas album. In addition, she collaborated with uber producer Jermaine Dupri (with whom she wrote “Always Be My Baby” and “We Belong Together” among others); Marc Shaiman, the award-winning musical genius, writer and arranger who did the magical orchestration for the entire album; and the critically acclaimed James Poyser of The Roots, who also worked with Mariah Carey on her massive album “The Emancipation of Mimi.”
Merry Christmas II You and the exclusive DVD will be sold on HSN as part of an exclusive value pack for $14.95.
MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU is Mariah Carey’s 13th studio album, and follows up her worldwide multi-million-selling Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (released September 2009), her multi-platinum E=MC(2) (2008), and worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005).
The Emancipation Of Mimi generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month chart stay.
Soundscan’s biggest-selling album of 2005, Mimi featured “We Belong Together” (Grammy winner for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and “Don’t Forget About Us,” Mariah’s 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley’s 17 #1’s.
Three years later, Mariah surpassed Elvis when “Touch My Body” (from E=MC(2)) became her 18th #1 Hot 100 hit. “Touch My Body” spent two weeks at the top, Mariah’s 78th and 79th cumulative career weeks at #1, which tied Elvis’ long-standing all-time high of 79 weeks at #1, as calculated by Billboard.
Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 52 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles’ all-time high of 20 #1 hits.
The success of E=MC(2) brought total sales of Mariah’s albums, singles and videos to more than 200 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.