A big thanks to John Hughes of Rhino Records (and the executive producer of Christmas Party) for giving The Monkees Live Almanac an early preview of tomorrow's Billboard rankings for the brand new Monkees holiday album as it enters its second week on the charts:
Christmas Party debuted at #3 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart and lands at #5 in its second week. The Holiday Albums chart ranks the most popular holiday albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums).
Billboard's Top Album Sales chart measures the week's top-selling albums across all genres, ranked by pure sales data only (no streaming included). This week, Christmas Party moves down to #73 after debuting at #66.
"Overall Albums" is a Nielsen SoundScan chart that is not published on Billboard.com and is different from the Billboard 200 in that it includes older catalog albums as well. The "Pop" chart is another SoundScan chart that is not published by Billboard.
Thanks again, John!
UPDATE 1/5/2019: Christmas Party continued to chart for another 3 weeks on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart:
Micky Dolenz speaks with Australian TV about "Christmas Party," 50th anniversary of "Head," and more
A big thanks to (who else?!) Ben Belmares for sharing his scans of the Target version of The Monkees' new holiday album, Christmas Party.
Last week, the Japanese label Oldays Records reissued The Monkees' classic fourth album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. on compact disc with bonus tracks. Read more about this release and take a look inside the package at Monkee45s:
The Monkees' first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, has debuted at #3 on the October 27, 2018 Billboard Holiday Albums chart, which ranks the most popular holiday albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums). Coming in at #1 on the Holiday Albums chart this week is Eric Clapton's Happy Xmas (which was released on the same day as Christmas Party).
Clapton's effort also charted at #168 on the Billboard 200, which ranks the most popular albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums), but The Monkees were missing from that particular chart.
Christmas Party also landed at #66 on the Top Album Sales chart, which measures the week's top-selling albums across all genres, ranked by pure sales data only (no streaming included).
Don't forget to vote in the Live Almanac's latest poll and choose your 5 favorite songs from Christmas Party!
John Hughes speaks to Micky & Michael about "Christmas Party," future touring plans, and more on Rhino podcast
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Monkees' feature film Head with a special screening in Hollywood on November 1 at the Egyptian Theatre. Monkees archivist Andrew Sandoval will host a Q & A session with Micky and Michael after the screening.
More details are available below, courtesy of The Monkees' official Facebook page.
"We are pleased to announce that The Monkees in association with RHINO will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the motion picture, HEAD, with a special screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday 11/1/18 - 7:30pm.
"Michael Nesmith & Micky Dolenz will appear in person to answer questions following the screening, which will be from an original 35mm print. Andrew Sandoval will conduct the Q&A and you are welcome to contribute your questions in advance online. That way everyone can join in!
"There will also be merchandise available inside the theatre - which is directly opposite the original venue that HEAD premiered in November 1968. You may also visit The Monkees star, which is on the walk of fame opposite the theatre. Please join us for this incredible event!"
Tickets are now available
Michael & Micky will also be holding a special meet & greet
UPDATE 10/25/2018: According to Andrew Sandoval, the 50th anniversary screening of Head is now sold out:
A look inside the vinyl edition of "Live at The Troubadour" by Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux
This August, the ever-prolific 7a Records issued Live at The Troubadour by Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux as a limited edition 2LP gatefold on 180g opaque gold vinyl. The set also happens to feature a special bonus performance of the song "Rio." A compact disc version was also released.
And now, thanks (as always) to Ben Belmares, you can take a look at the LP version of Live at The Troubadour below. Thanks, Ben!
Before you do, don't forget to order your copy of Live at The Troubadour on Amazon US or Amazon UK!
Christmas Party, the first holiday album by The Monkees, was issued by Rhino Records on October 12, and a bonus tracks version will be offered exclusively by Target on October 19.
Take a moment to vote in the Live Almanac's new poll and select your five favorite tracks from the album:
Los Angeles Times: This year’s essential Christmas albums ranked, from ‘Shatner Claus’ to the irresistible JD McPherson
Georgia Straight: With the Christmas season officially upon us, it's time to separate the sonic gold from the tinsel-quality trash
The News & Observer: When you’re ready to give Mariah a break, put these new songs on your Christmas playlist
Inlander: What do the Monkees, RuPaul and William Shatner have in common? They all have new Christmas albums, and we reviewed them
Philadelphia Inquirer: And so this is a Christmas music playlist, with Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Tyler the Creator, The Monkees & more
Variety: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Spotify: 15 New Holiday Albums Reviewed, From John Legend to William Shatner
(UPDATED 12/21/2018: Additional reviews will be added as they become available)
Micky Dolenz speaks to Rolling Stone about "Christmas Party," Michael Nesmith’s heart surgery, touring, and Peter Tork
"Unwrap You At Christmas" is now available for download and streaming! Written for The Monkees by XTC's Andy Partridge, the song features a lead vocal from Micky Dolenz and is the first official preview of the group's holiday album, Christmas Party, set for release this Friday.
"Unwrap You At Christmas" can be downloaded on Amazon and iTunes and is also streaming on Spotify. Listen to it on YouTube below!
On October 12, Rhino Records will release Christmas Party, the first-ever collection of Christmas music by The Monkees. The album will feature newly recorded versions of classic Christmas songs including "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Song," and "Wonderful Christmastime" along with brand new songs written for the group by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo ("What Would Santa Do"), Andy Partridge of XTC ("Unwrap You At Christmas"), as well as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 ("Christmas Party"). Adam Schlesinger, who produced the LP (and 2016's Good Times!), collaborated with novelist Michael Chabon on "House of Broken Gingerbread." Covers of Wizzard's yuletide classic "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Big Star's "Jesus Christ" will also be heard on the album.
Christmas Party includes new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, plus the late Davy Jones’ voice - taken from vintage recordings - also appears on two songs. It will be available for purchase on compact disc and as a digital download this Friday. A vinyl edition is in the works but will not be issued until 2019.
Retail giant Target will carry an exclusive bonus tracks edition of Christmas Party beginning on October 19 (a week after the release of the standard edition), and it's currently available for pre-ordering. Target's compact disc will feature two additional songs: "Riu Chiu" and "Christmas Is My Time of Year."
While we wait for the video of the first single, "Unwrap You at Christmas," to arrive, take a moment to catch up on all things Christmas Party in the archives of the Live Almanac!
Here The Monkees pose at Mike's home in the Hollywood Hills in December 1968. They are in a tree house built for Mike's son, Christian.
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