“I don’t want it to become, or seem in the slightest, like a kind of surface-level commercial cashing,” Darren Criss talking about his first holiday album, titled A Very Darren Crissmas. “It was like, against what I wanted to do.”
So what makes a Darren Criss Christmas album so special? Crissmas-y?
“It has to be very, very, very me,” the entertainer told Billboard Pop music store Podcast (listen to his full 40-minute interview, below). “This requires a few things. It has to be musically centered left-choices, things that people are completely unaware of. It will seem bold but hopefully (with) a lot of ills. Just a lot of things that I subscribe to.
“And try to reduce that to make it the best honed version of what I just said was a goal and an obsession for the past year. And that’s why it’s called A Very Darren Crissmas. Other than the obvious pun on my surname, it’s a very personal thing to me – with whom on it, how I record the content, how I produce the content, how – the whole. ”
Among the left-center songs that Criss includes on the album – his first for Decca Records – is a winter rendition of John MayerThe 2001 song of “St. Patrick’s Day, ‘an optimistic arrangement of Joni MitchellThe 1971 classical piano ballad “River” and a cover of the 1954 song “Welcome Home” (from the musical Fanny).
The series also boasts a collaboration with Adam Lambert (a swinging version of a favorite holiday”[Everybody’s Waitin’ for] The man with the bag”), Lizzy McAlpine (on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”), Lainey Wilson (original Criss twangy tune “Drunk On Christmas”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Somewhere in My Memory,” Academy Award-nominated song from the 1990 film Home alone).
A deluxe edition of the album includes an original, penned by Criss, the merry and festive “Christmas Dance”.
Just around the corner from Criss are two concerts – one on December 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York, which will also be streamed, and a New Year’s Eve performance on December 31 with the Symphony Orchestra San Francisco at the Davies Concert Hall in San Francisco. (You can find more information about both shows at Criss’ Official website.)
Also on the show, hosts Katie and Keith discuss chart news about Adele continues to dominate both the Billboard 200 Albums and Billboard Hot 100 Songs (with 30 and “Easy on Me” respectively), how SZAThe viral hit of “I Hate U” broke straight into the top 10 on the Hot 100, and half of the week’s top 10 on the Hot 100 were holiday tunes.
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