Sia, Pentatonix & Mariah Carey Light Up Holiday Album & Song Charts
Sia debuts & Pentatonix rules Top Holiday Albums. Plus, the Holiday 100 songs chart makes its annual return, led by Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
Sia starts on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart (dated Dec. 9) with her first seasonal effort, Everyday Is Christmas. The set bows at No. 3 with 19,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 15,000 were in traditional album sales.
At No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums is an act that has profited greatly from Christmas in the past few years: Pentatonix. The a cappella group, which has placed four titles in the tally's top 10 in the past five years, holds at No. 1 with its 2016 release, A Pentatonix Christmas (47,000 units, up 131 percent).
As previously reported, on the all-genre Billboard 200, A Pentatonix Christmas, which topped the list for two weeks in January 2017, jumps 17-5. The album is sure to grow again on the Dec. 16-dated list, following the Nov. 27 broadcast of the act's new NBC TV special A Very Pentatonix Christmas, along with a likely boost from sale pricing for the album in the iTunes Store.
The other titles in the Top Holiday Albums top five this week: Michael Buble's Christmas (No. 2); Pentatonix's That's Christmas to Me (No. 4); and Lindsey Stirling's Warmer in the Winter (No. 5).
Meanwhile, the Billboard charts department went up to the attic and brought back down the Holiday 100 songs chart (and plugged it in; yay, it still works!) The survey, which like the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 blends streaming, airplay and sales data, but only for seasonal songs of all eras, makes its annual return with the hit that has led almost exclusively since the list's 2011 launch: Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
The song, from Carey's 1994 LP Merry Christmas (at No. 8 on Top Holiday Albums with 11,000 units, up 55 percent), crowns the Holiday 100 for a record-extending 26th cumulative week; no other song has spent more than two weeks at No. 1. The track tops Holiday Streaming Songs (10.4 million U.S. streams) and Holiday Digital Song Sales (11,000 sold) and ranks at No. 4 on Holiday Airplay (23 million in audience).
Rounding out the Holiday 100's top five, at Nos. 2-5, respectively: Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"; Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock"; Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas"; and Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."