Baby-boomer rocker Rod Stewart is back, at HSN.
Stewart will do his second live performance on HSN when he returns on Oct. 26 to debut his first-ever holiday CD, “Merry Christmas, Baby” before it officially drops on Oct. 30.
In 2010, Rod Stewart shattered HSN music records with his exclusive debut of “Fly Me To The Moon: Volume V,” selling more than 25,000 units during his one-hour performance. He’s still one of the largest-selling music artist on HSN.
“We are thrilled to have Rod return to HSN to launch his first holiday CD with us,” Andy Sheldon, HSN’s executive vice president of Television, Live Events and Creative said in a canned statement.
“Rod knows how to engage an audience with his incredible voice and irresistible charm and we look forward to another successful appearance when he takes the stage with David Foster in October. ‘HSN Live’ has become a highly respected launch platform within the music industry and we are excited about the high caliber of artists that want to debut their latest projects.”
Surprisingly, there was no canned quote from Stewart. But there was one from his record label.
“We are excited to bring Rod Stewart back to the HSN audience,” said Mike Rittberg, vice president if Artist Development & Promotion for Verve Music Group. “They’ve been a great partner for Rod in the past and this is a great opportunity to showcase Rod’s talent and this amazing new CD for millions of fans.”
HSN customers will have the opportunity to pre-order an exclusive 2-disc bundle for $14.95, which includes the new release, “Merry Christmas, Baby” and a “Best Of” CD that features Stewart’s greatest hits, including “Maggie May,” “Reason to Believe” and “Twistin the Night Away.”
“Merry Christmas” has holiday classics, including duets with Michael Buble on “Winter Wonderland”; Mary J. Blige on “We Three Kings”; and Cee-Lo Green for the title tune “Merry Christmas, Baby.” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a “virtual” duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti.
The balance of the tunes include “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”; “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Silent Night” and “Auld Lang Syne.”
The album’s one original track, “Red-Suited Super Man,” is composed by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster and features Trombone Shorty.
Prior to the HSN Live Concert Series event, a special pre-show will stream live on HSN’s Facebook page at 7:30 p.m., offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes access as Stewart prepares to take the stage.
Facebook viewers will be able to watch exclusive content on HSN’s Rod Stewart Facebook tab and on HSN.com, to learn more about the inspiration behind “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
Immediately following his HSN concert, Stewart will perform a special encore for Facebook fans which will also include an exclusive post-show chat.