Louis Armstrong’s new ‘Cool Yule’ holiday album debuts in the top 10 across the Billboard charts

Louis Armstrong‘s new seasonal compilation album Louis wishes you a cool Christmas debuts in the top 10 across several Billboard chart (dated 26 Nov.), incl Top holiday album.

Louis wishes you a cool Christmas bows at No. 9 on Top Holiday Albums and launches in the top 10 on Jazz albums (No. 4), Traditional jazz albums (No. 4), Top album sales (No. 7), Top current album sales (No. 6) and Vinyl albums (No. 7). It also starts at No. 122 on Billboard 200and has become his highest charting album since Hi Dolly spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1964.

The new 11-track set is promoted as Armstrong’s “first Christmas album ever“, although the late artist (who died in 1971) has previously released a series of holiday compilations, along with other tracks that include most of the album’s tracks (such as Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella & Louis Christmas). Louis wishes you a cool Christmas was released through streaming services and digital retailers on Oct. 28, and bowed on CD and vinyl on Nov. 11.

Especially Louis wishes you a cool Christmas includes a previously unreleased recording by Armstrong, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas”), recorded shortly before his death. It is his first newly released track in over 20 years.

Louis wishes you a cool Christmas earned 9,500 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Luminate. Of that total, traditional album sales include 7,500 – Armstrong’s biggest sales week for any album in over 20 years. He last had a major sales week in February 2001, when the best compilation Ken Burns Jazz – The Definitive Louis Armstrong sold 8,000 copies (#142 on the Top Album Sales list as of February 17, 2001).

Another spot on the Top Holiday Albums list, Michael Bublé’s Christmas stays at the top of the chart for a 38th week without a move. Well-known seasonal albums like Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (rises 3-2), Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (4-3), Nat King Cole’s The Christmas carol (5-4) and Pentatonix’s The best of Pentatonix Christmas (6-5) rounds out the top five on the list.

The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the week’s 50 most popular seasonal albums in the United States based on multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. The units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. The seasonal Top Holiday Albums returned for another festive season with October. 22-dated list and continues as part of Billboards weekly chart menu until it disappears in January 2023.

Jazz Albums, Traditional Jazz Albums, and Billboard 200 rank the week’s most popular overall jazz, traditional jazz, and albums across all genres, respectively, by equivalent album units. Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales and Vinyl Albums show the week’s best selling total albums, current albums (not catalog or older titles) and vinyl albums.

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