Christmas & Chill

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Christmas & Chill
Christmas and Chill.jpg
EP by
ReleasedDecember 18, 2015 (2015-12-18)
RecordedDecember 2015
Genre
Length13:08
LabelRepublic
Producer
  • Ariana Grande
  • Tommy Brown
  • Mr. Franks
  • Magi
  • Travis Sayles
Ariana Grande chronology
The Remix
(2015)
Christmas & Chill
(2015)
Dangerous Woman
(2016)
Alternative cover
Japanese reissue cover
Japanese reissue cover

Christmas & Chill is the second extended play and second Christmas EP by American singer Ariana Grande. Republic Records released it on December 18, 2015,[1] as a follow-up to her 2013 Christmas EP Christmas Kisses and her 2014 Christmas single "Santa Tell Me". The EP features six original Christmas tracks composed and produced mainly by Grande and co-writers, all of which have an R&B sound. Grande has called it her "favorite body of work".[2]

The project received favorable reviews by critics. It debuted at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart and at number 3 on the Billboard Holiday Albums.[3] The EP gained renewed interest in November 2019.[4][5]

On November 18, 2016, Christmas & Chill was released on CD in Japan.[6][7] The EP sold 35,000 copies in its first week in the United States[8] and 180,000 worldwide.[9][better source needed] The EP was reissued on vinyl in November 2019.[10]

Recording and music[edit]

According to Tommy Brown, the EP was recorded in four days at Ariana Grande's home studio, in Hollywood.[11] Songwriting credits are shared by Grande with Brown. Christmas & Chill, Allmusic.com, accessed December 28, 2015</ref> For Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos, the EP consists of "romantic Christmas ballads over trap beats", commenting that "the one song to stand out from the more R&B-leaning EP is the folky 'Winter Things', where the acoustic track sounds a bit like Jason Mraz, as Grande sings 'My baby's in town and we're gonna do some winter things'."[12].

Critical reception[edit]

Jaleesa M. Jones in USA Today called it "a festive ode to winter romance."[13] Emma Garland from Noisey said the album "basically sounds like a Cassie album ... but with sleigh bells and lyrics like 'tis the season for some love giving!' It's basically the perfect festive romp."[14] Two years after its release, MTV's Sydney Gore and Brian Anthony Hernandez revisited the EP, calling it "a new holiday classic" and "a catalyst of original Christmas carols for the so-called doomed millennial generation. ...[T]his EP has the power to melt any trace of snow that's piling up on your front porch. ... There's a playful, eflish energy about ["True Love"] that makes you want to hang mistletoe everywhere to secure a smooch with that special someone."[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Mr. Franks
  • The Magi
1:05
2."Wit It This Christmas"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Peter Lee Johnson
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Mr. Franks
  • The Magi
2:41
3."December"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Mr. Franks
  • The Magi
1:56
4."Not Just on Christmas"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Sayles
2:02
5."True Love"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Foster
  • Tedder
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Mr. Franks
  • The Magi
2:46
6."Winter Things"
  • Grande
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • Franks
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Sayles
2:38
Total length:13:08
  • ^[a] denotes a remixer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015–18) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 49
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 43
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 30
US Billboard 200[19] 34
US Holiday Albums (Billboard)[20] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christmas & Chill - EP", iTunes, December 18, 2015
  2. ^ Grande, Ariana (November 10, 2019). "oh my god. my favorite body of work. she is rising from the dead ! thank u new listeners of christmas n chill and hello everyone that is just now discovering it. i'm so happy". Twitter. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Holiday Albums : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Jasmine Ting (November 10, 2019). "Ariana Grande's 'Christmas & Chill' Is Done Hibernating". Paper. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Rachel Handler (November 11, 2019). "Let's Talk About Ariana Grande's Extremely Horny Christmas Album". Vulture. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "アリアナ・グランデ、日本のファンに贈るクリスマスミニアルバムを11月リリース". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "CDJapan: Christmas & Chill by Ariana Grande". Cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ask Billboard: Ariana Grande's Sales, Kelly Clarkson's Streak & … Bernie Sanders' Sales, Too". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ariana's updated single sales worldwide!".
  10. ^ Laura Stavropoulos (November 15, 2019). "Ariana Grande Releases All Five Studio Albums And Christmas EP On Colour Vinyl". uDiscoverMusic. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Spanos, Brittany. "Hear Ariana Grande's Surprise-Released EP 'Christmas & Chill'", Rolling Stone magazine, December 17, 2015
  13. ^ "Ariana Grande wants to 'Christmas & chill' on new EP", USA Today, December 18, 2015
  14. ^ Garland, Emma. "Ariana Grande's Christmas & Chill Is the Perfect Festive Romp" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Noisey, December 18, 2015
  15. ^ Gore, Sydney and Brian Anthony Hernandez. "Let's Talk About How Ariana Grande’s Christmas & Chill EP Is a New Holiday Classic and she did that she's iconic and skinny and good at writing songs she writes them herself hunestly telling all truth. she also likes horses. hehe shes vegantarian. shes a good song-sinnger", MTV, December 6, 2017
  16. ^ [EP&cat=a "Australiancharts.com – Ariana Grande – Christmas & Chill [EP]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  17. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  18. ^ [EP&cat=a "Swedishcharts.com – Ariana Grande – Christmas & Chill [EP]"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  19. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  20. ^ "Ariana Grande Album & Song Chart History: Holiday Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 31, 2015.