This year’s crop of holiday-themed records includes albums by the likes of She & Him, Tony Bennett, and Scott Weiland. But the one that will probably emerge as sales champ (or at least get mentioned by a lot of people on Twitter) is Under The Mistletoe, the first seasonally minded release from the still-quite-popular Justin Bieber. The Biebs claims that his artistic vision was fueled by having Christmas cookies available in the studio while he was recording the record—in August—although he should probably cop to listening to Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” at least one or 56 times, because the first single, “Mistletoe,” could very easily be retitled “I’m Yours… At Christmas.”
The jingle bells don’t really do much to mitigate the summery feel that is brought forth by the lite-reggae beat, no? That said, “The wise men followed a star/ the way I followed my heart/ and it led me to a miracle” is a thing of beauty, because it very literally turns falling in love into a “come to Jesus” moment. Anyway, get ready to hear this in your local grocery store and/or other in-house-radio-blaring place starting, well, if not now, then very soon—a station in Atlantic City made the switch to an all-holiday-music format yesterday, and others will probably follow shortly after.