This week the Top 10 on the U.S. album chart included three takes on "White Christmas." It's that time of year, when classic titles such as "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra catalog return to the charts, and younger artists jump straight into the Top 10 with their bids at writing the next holiday classic.
Trends come and go, but if there is one sure thing in the music business, it's this: Holiday albums sell. Rod Stewart has a hit with his "Merry Christmas, Baby," an album that's gone as high as No. 3 and has sold more than 475,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Crooner Michael Bublé has a standard in the making with his 2011 album "Christmas." It was the second-bestselling U.S. album of 2011, behind only Adele's "21," and it has sold more than 2.6 million copes. How does that compare with Bublé's nonseasonal work? His 2009 album, "Crazy Love," has sold 2.2 million copies.
Country star Blake Shelton has a Top 10 hit with "Cheers, It's Christmas," a title that has sold more than 202,000 copies in nine weeks. That's already a quarter of what his July 2011 album, "Red River Blue," has sold in a year and a half.