Classic rock legend Eric Clapton has claimed his first-ever Billboard Holiday Albums chart-topper with Happy Xmas, Billboard reports. The album marks Clapton’s first-ever holiday collection which also debuted at No. 168 on the Billboard 200 chart (for the week dated Oct. 27).
Clapton is not the only artist to make a debut holiday album chart appearance this week. The Monkees first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, makes its debut chart entry at No. 3, just under Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas soundtrack which falls from No. 1 to No. 2. Michael McDonald’s brand-new holiday album, Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection debuts at No. 4 and Michael Bublé’s 2011 Billboard 200 chart-topper Christmas, rounds out the Holiday Albums Top 5 at No. 5.
Clapton lends his signature blues-rock touch to beloved Christmas classic songs on Happy Xmas. Standouts include Christmas classics “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” (which he dedicates to Avicii’s memory), “Silent Night” and an original holiday song “For Love On Christmas Day.” Overall, Happy Xmas is a beautiful set from Clapton, who is a 17-time Grammy-winning artist who has made an indelible imprint on the face of music history. The album follows his 2016 album I Still Do, which topped multiple charts in the U.S. including Billboard’s Top Blues Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.
You can hear Clapton talk a little bit about the album, of which he says, “I’m really proud of,” in the short album trailer embedded above. Happy Xmas is currently available to stream and purchase across multiple digital platforms. Stay tuned to AXS for Eric Clapton updates.