UPDATE: Just kidding, guys. It turns out we actually will be getting a Glee Christmas album this year after all! But considering that the label's CEO said we weren't getting a Christmas album, how, exactly, does that work? Well, Glee releases mini-albums (EPs) that include the songs from every episode. Naturally, they're doing this for December 5’s Glee Season 5, Episode 8: "Previously Unaired Christmas." But instead of labeling it as songs from the episode, it's being packaged as Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 4.
However, this year's installment is only an EP, not a full album. It will only include the songs from this year's Christmas episode. No additional songs like in past years. Still, this is good news! We'd much rather get a baby Christmas album than no Christmas album at all!
Original article: When you rummage through your Christmas stocking this year, there sadly will be one present you may have been expecting that just won’t be there: Glee’s annual Christmas album.
Columbia Records chairman and CEO Rob Stringer tells Billboard that there will be no Glee Christmas CD in 2013.
“This is the first time in three years we don’t have a Glee Christmas album. But I think we sold 1.87 albums of the Glee Christmas editions,” he says.
Glee’s holiday albums have been a staple for the past three years. Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album was released in November 2010, about the same time that Blaine (Darren Criss) joined the show in Season 2. The album shot to the top of the Billboard charts, and also peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Included among the tracks was Kurt and Blaine’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet, which is still one of our favorite Glee songs ever.
In 2011, Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album: Volume 2 debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. By 2012, Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album: Volume 3 had a softer debut, landing at number 20, and fell to number 54 in its second week. No doubt the lack of sales played a part in the decision to not make a fourth album, but we can’t help but wonder if the unexpected death of Cory Monteith (Finn) may have factored in, as well. We can’t imagine that that the cast is feeling much holiday spirit right now.
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