Duck Dynasty’s recently released Christmas album, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, featuring several top country stars, is reaching No 1 in Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Duck The Halls debuted on October 29 and sold nearly 70,000 albums in its first week.
Now, three weeks in, it is the biggest debut country holiday album in the last decade, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Phil, Si, Willie, Jase, Korie, Missy, Sadie and the rest of the Robertson family show off their singing talents in the CD, include a few classics such as I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Silent Night as well as originals like Have a Hairy Christmas and a Happy Happy Happy New Year and Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas, which Willie wrote with Dallas Davidson.
Although none of them had vocal experience except for Missy Robertson, Willie said they weren’t concerned.
“We’ve all sung in church our whole lives,” the Duck Commander CEO said, “and we do lots of karaoke.”
“There are funny parts, serious parts, a little prayer, some of our antics,” he said.
“It’s got us all over it.”
The Robertson family has invited special guests George Strait, Alison Krauss, Luke Bryan and Josh Turner to join them on the 13-track album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon.
Duck The Halls debuted on October 29 and sold nearly 70,000 albums in its first week
Duck The Halls is available for purchase on Target, Barnes & Noble and Christianbook.com.
The Duck Dynasty Christmas Special will air on A&E December 11, at 9/10 C.
Duck The Halls song list:
1. Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas (Willie Robertson) Written by Willie Robertson and Dallas Davidson
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Missy Robertson) Written by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram
3. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Si Robertson) Words by Theodor S. Geisel and Music by Albert Hague
4. Christmas Cookies (Phil Robertson and George Strait with Miss Kay) Written by Aaron Barker
5. Away In A Manger (Sadie Robertson with Alison Krauss, Luke 2: 8-14 Scripture Reading by Mia) Arranged by Buddy Cannon, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Korie Robertson and Missy Robertson
6. Hairy Christmas (Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan with Phil, Uncle Si, Jase, Jep) Written by Chancie Neal, Jimmy Melton and Michael Mobley
7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Missy and Jase Robertson) Written by Frank Loesser
8. Duck The Halls (Robertson Family) Arranged by Buddy Cannon, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Korie Robertson and Missy Robertson
9. Camouflage And Christmas Lights (Reed Robertson) Written by Michael Logen and Andrew Dorff
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Sadie Robertson and Robertson kids with Uncle Si) Written by Johnny Marks
11. Night Before Christmas (Si Robertson) Written by Willie Robertson
12. Why I Love Christmas (Missy Robertson with Josh Turner) Written by Josh Turner
13. Silent Night (Robertson family) Arranged by Buddy Cannon, Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, Korie Robertson and Missy Robertson
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Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas album, which was released this week, features the bearded Louisiana clan singing traditional Christmas carols and duck-themed songs in the latest addition to their stable of merchandise.
The album, in which the family showcase their work on the squawking duck calls that have made their Duck Commander company leaders in the hunting industry, will also be a test of how the unlikely TV stars can compete head-to-head against Christmas albums by country music’s perennial million-sellers Kelly Clarkson and Trace Adkins.
Willie Robertson, Duck Commander’s chief executive, is not counting on music being a full-time gig for the Duck Dynasty crew, who have also parlayed the A&E Network’s series into a merchandise lines sold at big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Sears.
“We’re not aspiring to be country music stars,” Willie Robertson said in an interview about the album, which was produced by Nashville hitmaker Buddy Cannon.
“When we first went in the studio with Buddy we didn’t know what was going to happen, but we are very proud of the album,” he said.
Critics ascribe its success to fact that the Robertsons are seen as a regular family, and viewers can compare their quirks and eccentricities to their own family members.
Duck the Halls features the bearded Louisiana clan singing traditional Christmas carols and duck-themed songs in the latest addition to their stable of merchandise
Duck Dynasty reality show has also spawned diverse merchandise, from sporting goods and apparel to the unusual antibacterial bandages and camouflage reclining furniture. A&E’s online store has more than 300 Duck Dynasty products.
The Robertson family also got a little help on the album from country stars such as Luke Bryan, George Strait and Alison Krauss, who lent their voices to some tracks.
The album includes a few novelties from the long-bearded, camouflage-wearing hunting enthusiasts from West Monroe, Louisiana, along with traditionals, including I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
“It is definitely from our perspective of a down-home middle-America Christmas,” Willie Robertson said.
“There is some funny stuff and then there is some serious stuff.”
Willie Robertson even had a hand in writing a few of the songs, including Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas with top Nashville songwriter Dallas Davidson.
Led by Phil Robertson, his sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, wife Miss Kay and brother Si, sing and toot their duck calls on songs like Duck the Halls and Camouflage and Christmas Lights.
Although a strong starting position on the Billboard 200 album chart next week would cement the national appeal of the family’s personas, do not expect them to be quacking about the album after November 23.
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