Raspy rocker Rod Stewart still has it.
Stewart’s return to HSN last week broke music sales records at the home shopping network, selling nearly 30,000 copies of his first-ever holiday CD, “Merry Christmas, Baby,” before its official release this week.
Stewart surpassed the previous sales record he set at HSN in 2010 with his exclusive debut of “Fly Me To The Moon: Volume V,” selling 26,000 CDs on the day of launch. He continues to be the biggest-selling music artist on HSN.
With missed it last Friday, but Stewart apparently performed on “a beautifully decorated, holiday-themed set that even included snow fall during Rod’s lively performance of ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’,” according to HSN’s press release Wednesday.
A 20-piece orchestra led by 16-time Grammy Award®-winning composer, arranger and music producer David Foster accompanied Stewart as he performed holiday tunes and entertained viewers on HSN TV, HSN.com, Facebook, HSN Mobile and via Skype.
“Rod is the ultimate entertainer and we congratulate him on another record-breaking debut on HSN,” Andy Sheldon, HSN’s executive vice president of television, live events and creative, said in a canned statement. “The natural camaraderie between Rod and David made for a fun-filled and festive live concert event that was enjoyed by all.”
There was also a second canned statement.
“It’s been a true team effort between Rod Stewart, David Foster, Stiefel Entertainment, HSN and Verve Records to help successfully kick off the worldwide launch of ‘Merry Christmas, Baby,'” said Mike Rittberg, vice president of artist development and promotion for Verve Records. “We are thrilled with the results.”