Christmas is the twenty-seventh studio album by American singer Cher. It was released on October 20, 2023, through Warner Records. It is her first album featuring original material in ten years, following Closer to the Truth (2013). It Is her first Christmas album.
Cher first announced a plan to record a Christmas album in 2018. However, no progress was made at this time, and she did not comment again on this album until hinting at its production in July 2023, when she announced that she was already working on material for it. On Twitter, she shared that she never wanted to do a festive album but it came out "as good as any record" she has made. In an interview with Good Morning Britain in September, Cher expressed her pride over the record, saying that it is "a Cher Christmas album. It's not your mother's Christmas album". On September 7, Cher unveiled the album's artwork, accompanied by a caption asking the reader if they wanted to share Christmas with her. The cover depicts a simple shot of the singer surrounded by Christmas ornaments. She is seen wearing a white shirt and bedazzled blue jeans. Target exclusive versions of the album consists of 4 different colored versions of Cher's name. An alternative cover with Cher in pink version of her outfit on the standard album and kicking a splash of water was released exclusively to Cher's official store, while Amazon versions had another exclusive alternative cover with Cher in a silver bejeweled dress surrounded by water and icebergs.
The project features guest appearances by Darlene Love, Michael Bublé, Tyga, Cyndi Lauper, and Stevie Wonder. Cher shared her excitement over the fact that there are "millions of people" on it and that she never released an album with duets. According to her, the decision to include guest artists was "last-minute".
Four songs from the album are original works: "DJ Play a Christmas Song", "Angels in the Snow", "Drop Top Sleigh Ride, and "I Like Christmas".
On October 6, 2023, Cher released "DJ Play a Christmas Song" as the lead single from the album. On the week ending October 21, 2023, the song entered the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart at number 3, reaching the number 1 position six weeks later (on the week ending December 2, 2023). On the week ending November 18, 2023, the song entered the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at number 22, attaining the number 1 position three weeks later (on the week ending December 9, 2023). In the United Kingdom, the song reached number 6 on the UK Singles Sales Chart and number 3 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart. In Canada, the album track "What Christmas Means to Me" with Stevie Wonder gained airplay, charting on the Canadian AC chart, peaking at number 7.
Christmas debuted at number 32 on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the Top Holiday Albums chart with 21,000 album-equivalent units, from which 20,000 comprised album sales.
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 42 on the UK Albums Chart. In the week of December 8, 2023, it rose to number 8.
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