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Christmas Kisses is Ariana Grande's first Christmas EP. It was released as a festive collection of classic Christmas covers.[1] On December 3, 2014, the Japanese special edition was released for CD and two days later for digital download. It peaked at number twenty-five on the Oricon chart. The Japanese edition included a new track, "Santa Tell Me", which was released on November 24, 2014 as the fifth and final single from the EP.[2] The EP went on to sell over 405,000 copies worldwide as of 2016.

Background Edit

On November 6, 2013, Grande announced via Twitter she would be releasing new music each week leading up to Christmas, beginning with a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas": "I'm releasing new music for Christmas. New song every week as a countdown to the holidays starting November 19. Beyond excited to share them w/ U! The 1st song #LastChristmas out November 19. I can't wait for u to hear our spin on it. There will be originals as well! Hope u love the music."[3] "Last Christmas" was released as the first song, opening up to positive reviews and was critically acclaimed for it's "R&B spin" on the Christmas classic. On the final week of November, Grande released an original Christmas song, titled "Love Is Everything", and it was also revealed Grande would release the Christmas Kisses EP later in the month. On the first week of December, Grande released another original Christmas song, "Snow In California", and was later followed by a cover of the Christmas classic "Santa Baby", which features Elizabeth Gillies. All of the single covers have the same artwork but in different colors. In 2014, Grande released "Santa Tell Me" as the first Christmas single and it was added onto the 2014 re-release of the EP.

Promotion Edit

Preceding the release of her Christmas EP, she gave a series of performances, including at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,[4][5] NBC New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting broadcast,[6][7] the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles' Staples Center and Z100's Jingle Ball event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[8] She also sang at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, with Big Sean and Mac Miller.[9]

Trivia Edit

  • Grande released each song week by week starting on November 19, 2013.[10]
  • "Santa Tell Me" was the last recorded song from the EP.

Track listing Edit

Standard Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Last Christmas"George Michael3:24
2."Love Is Everything"Ariana Grande, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio Dixon3:33
3."Snow In California"Grande, Matt Squire, Thomas Lee Brown, Victoria McCants3:27
4."Santa Baby" (featuring Liz Gillies)Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer2:51
Japanese special reissue edition (bonus track)[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Santa Tell Me"Grande, Savan Kotecha & Ilya Salmanzadeh3:24

Cut tracks Edit

References Edit

Christmas Kisses
December 17, 2013 • 13:15 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Last ChristmasLove Is EverythingSanta BabySanta Tell MeSnow In California
Unreleased I Don't Want To Be Alone for Christmas
Artists
Ariana GrandeElizabeth Gillies