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Mariah Carey’s holiday album hits top 10 for first time in 23 years

Columbia RecordsThis month, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” became the highest-charting holiday hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 50 years.  But the album that includes that song isn’t doing too badly, either.

As Billboard notes, Mariah’s holiday album Merry Christmas, originally released in November of 1994, has reached the top 10 for the first time since January of 1995.  It currently sits at #8 on the chart, having jumped up from #14 on a 33% sales increase.  The album’s return to the top 10 is due to the mass streaming of the various songs on the album.

When it was first released, Merry Christmas spent six weeks in the top 10, peaking at #3.

Mariah’s album isn’t the only holiday collection in the top 10, either.

Michael Buble‘s 2011 album is #3, and Nat King Cole‘s album The Christmas Song is #7.  The latter is the late, legendary crooner’s first top 10 album since 1965.  Like Mariah’s album, it’s reached that peak due to streaming of its songs, which include the classic title track, plus “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and “Caroling, Caroling.”

Nat King Cole, father of Natalie Cole, died in 1965.

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