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The Real Reason Carrie Underwood Released Her Christmas Album As Early as She Did

When country music superstar Carrie Underwood announced in the summer of 2020 that she planned on releasing her first-ever Christmas album, her fans went wild with excitement.

Considering that most Christmas albums release in late October, the Sept. 25 drop of Underwood’s My Gift was super early.

Here’s why the American Idol champ decided to gift her fans when she did.

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Underwood’s 1st holiday music album

Underwood announced in July 2020 of her plans to release her very first holiday music album, titled My Gift. While she’s performed holiday tunes in the past, My Gift marks her first complete album in the genre.

In the album’s trailer in July 2020 the mother of two revealed how she decided this was the year to release a holiday song collection.

“This year,” she said, “it was just kind of on my heart to do

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Carrie Underwood on Chart-Topping ‘My Gift’: ‘It’s Been in My Heart to Do a Christmas Album For Years’

On the 56-year-old Top Country Albums chart, My Gift marks the 2005 American Idol winner’s record eighth consecutive career-opening No. 1. She passes Miranda Lambert, whose history on the survey encompasses seven leaders, most recently 2019’s Wildcard.

My Gift follows Underwood’s last LP, Cry Pretty, which arrived with 266,000 units in September 2018. Her run started with 2005’s Some Hearts, followed by Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009), Blown Away (2012), Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (2014) and Storyteller (2015).

My Gift was produced by Greg Wells and includes eight traditional and three original songs. John Legend duets on new composition “Hallelujah” and Underwood’s five-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, is featured on “Little Drummer Boy.” Isaiah makes his own Billboard chart debut, as “Little Drummer Boy” enters Christian Digital Song Sales at No. 8 and the multi-metric Hot Christian Songs chart at No. 45.

The LP also arrives at

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Carrie Underwood’s ‘My Gift’ Debuts At #1 on Multiple Charts

“My Gift” marks the eighth straight album Carrie has debuted #1 on the Billboard Country chart. 

Carrie Underwood's 'My Gift' Debuts At #1 on Multiple Charts

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood’s first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, debuts #1 on the Billboard Country, Christian and Holiday charts this week. My Gift marks the eighth straight album Carrie has debuted #1 on the Billboard Country chart. My Gift also debuted #1 on the UK country chart (her fifth #1 on the chart) and #1 on the Canadian country chart.

My Gift features a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as several new originals. Two of the original songs are written by Underwood, frequent collaborator Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something In The Water”), and her Cry Pretty co-producer, David Garcia. In addition to a very special appearance by Underwood’s 5-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, on the holiday classic that inspired the album

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Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums Chart Makes Seasonal Return, Carrie Underwood’s ‘My Gift’ Debuts at No. 1

Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart makes its seasonal return to our charts menu, as Carrie Underwood’s first holiday set, My Gift, debuts at No. 1. The album was released on Sept. 25 via Capitol Nashville and earned 43,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Underwood leads a top 10 filled with familiar favorites during the holiday season, including Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas TV soundtrack, Michael Bublé’s Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas.

The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or

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Carrie Underwood announces HBO Christmas special ‘My Gift’

Carrie Underwood ushered in a much needed early holiday season, releasing her debut Christmas album My Gift, last Friday. The country superstar is pairing her merry release with seasonal TV special on HBO Max.



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“I’m thrilled to announce that we will be bringing my new album #MyGift to life with a Christmas special on @HBOMax this holiday season!,” Carrie Tweeted to fans, last week.

The exclusive holiday special features Underwood performing from The Gift, alongside a live orchestra and choir. HBO says the fans can expect “a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday.” No word yet on a release date for the special.

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