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Raspy Rod Stewart Breaks Records With 30,000 CDs Sold On HSN

November 1, 2012

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.”

Rocker Rod Stewart Returns To HSN For Live Performance Of Christmas Album

September 14, 2012

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.