Forget about the 12 days of Christmas. It's all about the 2 months of Christmas with the Justin Bieber holiday album.
A week after we were graced with Bieber's charming original Christmas song, "Mistletoe" he's already released the second single. This new single is a remake of the "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and features Usher.
This Christmas Classic was made popular by Nat King Cole but the duo's new take on the song is very soulful and very R&B. Justin trills with his falsetto register and proves that mistletoe can indeed be stretched out into 10 syllables. Calm down Mariah Carey, err I mean Justin Bieber. The song also features electric guitar, thereby making it modern.
You'll probably prefer the original to this new hip-hoppy Christmas mix, but it's nice to hear Usher and Justin's harmonies.
"This right here is an incredibly record to be remembered for years to come," Usher told Ryan Seacrest, "It's a record that has always been one of my favorites, and I'm happy that I was able to share it with Justin."
Bieber also has a track on the album called "Christmas Eve" that was co-written by Chris Brown and according to Bieber's manager the song is "baby makin'' music." I'm sorry, but is it weird that I never want to hear "Christmas" and "baby makin'' music" in the same sentence? If you wanna get biblical about it, I guess Christmas WAS the time for baby Jesus makin' music, but other than that I just got a weird image of a fat old dude in a red suit asking people to sit on his lap while baby making music plays in the background. Ugggh, shudders...it's going to take awhile to shake that image.
Other collaborations on the album include Mariah Carey on her song "All I Want For Christmas," Busta Rhymes, Boyz II Men, and country artists, The Band Perry.
Usher dishes to Seacrest, "The album is full of surprises, Justin's 'Under The Mistletoe' is going to be incredible!"
Since Usher discovered Justin Bieber and plucked him out of youtube obscurity he loves to talk up the kid, "It's amazing to see the success of his career, and not only how seriously he takes it but also just how much he loves his fans. He is also really growing as an artist, and finding himself, which is the most important part. You can get lost in this, but he is growing."