NBC RINGS IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER MICHAEL BUBLÉ IN HIS FIRST HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, "A MICHAEL BUBLÉ CHRISTMAS," ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH FROM 8-9 PM ET
Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters, Naturally 7 and others will join Bublé as he sings holiday classics
NEW YORK - November 15, 2011 - Michael Bublé will host his first holiday Christmas show in a star studded special airing on Tuesday, December 6th from 8-9 pm ET. The multi-Grammy Award winning Canadian will sing songs from his new Christmas album including such classics as "White Christmas, "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Feliz Navidad," and "Jingle Bells," and will be joined by guest stars Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler, Thalia, Oscar the Grouch, The Puppini Sisters and Naturally 7. The special will also include comedy shorts featuring Michael and NBC stars Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock") and Ed Helms ("The Office").
"I'm truly excited to be sharing my favorite time of year with millions of people" said Bublé. "Doing this Christmas special is a long-time dream of mine."
"We are very excited to partner with Michael Buble on his first holiday special," said Doug Vaughan, SVP of Special Programs and Late Night for NBC. "We invite our viewers to ring in this holiday season with this incredibly talented performer."
"A Michael Buble Christmas" is produced by Brad Lachman Productions ("Christmas in Rockefeller Center," "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade"), and Electus ("Fashion Star," "Mob Wives").
"We could not be more excited to partner with NBC and Michael Bublé to bring this all-star Christmas special to audiences this holiday season," said Ben Silverman, Founder of Electus.
Bublé's lifelong dream of creating an album to honor his favorite holiday was realized with the recently released CD "Christmas" which entered the Billboard Top 200 charts at No. 3. The multi-Grammy Award winning artist's previous CD "Crazy Love" sold seven million copies worldwide and won two Grammy Awards in 2011 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his No. 1 self-penned single, "Haven't Met You Yet". Bublé also wrote two previous Number One singles, "Everything" and "Home". The Vancouver native's recent "Crazy Love" Tour sold out 80 cities and was seen by over a million people in the US alone. A superstar in his native Canada as well, Bublé is the recipient of 10 Juno Awards including a Juno Album of The Year for "It's Time." In less than a decade, Michael Bublé's international record sales have topped 30 million. Bublé arrived on the music scene nine years ago with the release of his self-titled debut cd which was followed up by the multi-platinum "It's Time". He also performed at the 2010 Olympics Ceremony which was seen by an audience of over one billion people.
ABOUT THE GUESTS:
Justin Bieber - Justin's latest album, "Under the Mistletoe" is his third #1 album debut in just 18 months! It follows "My World 2.0" (April, 2010) and "Never Say Never: The Remixes" (February, 2011). "Never Say Never: The Remixes" was the accompaniment to Justin's concert documentary film "Never Say Never" which went on to become the highest grossing concert film in US history. "Under the Mistletoe," Justin's first Christmas album, features duets with Mariah Carey (on her # 1 holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas is You"); Usher on "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"); Boyz II Men on "Fa La La"; Busta Rhymes on "Drummer Boy"; and The Band Perry on "Home This Christmas." Justin has sold over 11 million albums worldwide to date, and has amassed over 2.2 billion video views on YouTube, over 36 million Facebook fans and has more than 13 million Twitter followers.
Kellie Pickler - Kellie's first two albums quickly established her as both a singer and songwriter to be reckoned with co-writing her hits "Red High Heels," I Wonder" and the Top 10 hit "Best Days of Your Life" which sold more than one million single downloads. Each album showed growth not only as an artist but also as a woman. It starts with talent, drive and star quality, that undefinable but clearly identifiable trait she possess in abundance. She combines beauty, wit, humor and guilelessness in a way that attracted fans from her first days in the national spotlight, and she has proven over and over that there is a great deal of substance under the blond-haired, light-hearted exterior. Kellie returns with "Tough" her first new single in more than a year, and Her third album, "100 Proof" is set for release on January 24.
Thalia - A dynamic singer, gifted actress and inspired businesswoman, Thalia Sodi, better known to her countless fans as just Thalia, is an international superstar. This beloved Latina's career has spun almost three decades, which began when she was just 9 years old. She has sold over 40 million records worldwide. She has had 15 top 10 singles, 6 of which went to number one. Thalia has received numerous awards and accolades including, 2 Latin Billboard awards and several Premios Juventud awards. She is considered Mexico's most famous telenovela actress with legions of followers from the Americas to Europe to Asia and the Far East. She has been named one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful (Mas Bellos) a record eight times. Thalia is a spokesperson for the March of Dimes and is a supporter of such non-profit organizations as The Robin Hood Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and most recently Casita Maria, an afterschool program and facility serving primarily Hispanic children of the South Bronx.
Oscar the Grouch - "Sesame Street's," Oscar the Grouch, despises all things nice and sweet. He loves collecting junk, standing in line, arguing, rainy days, and anchovy milk shakes.
The Puppini Sisters - The Puppini Sisters - real names Stephanie O'Brien, Marcella Puppini and Kate Mullins - have always had a fascination with the idols and history of early Hollywood, but the rearrangements and vivacity that the classically trained performers have brought to the album ensures each classic number is being heard here as if for the very first time. The glamour and lights of Hollywood's golden age are celebrated with the Puppini Sisters' new album, which was released on November 7 via Verve. "Hollywood" is a gloriously evocative record that pays homage to the music of the silver screen in the Puppini Sisters' inimitably stylish manner that has been dazzling audiences worldwide since the release of their debut album, 2006's "Betcha Bottom Dollar."
Naturally 7 - Naturally 7 has a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play". With the unique ability to blend their rich harmonies and replicate the sound of instruments, Naturally 7 have gone from quiet success in Europe to the world stage. Their music incorporates a range of styles from R&B to pop, gospel to jazz. The groundbreaking "Ready II Fly" CD featuring the now famous Paris subway YouTube hit, "Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" led to the much-coveted opening slot for Michael Bublé for the past 3 years. They have been invited to perform at the prestigious Royal Variety Performance, the TED conference, BET Honors and at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Week celebrations. Naturally 7 has also teamed up with Quincy Jones and Ludacris for Quincy's CD, "Soul Bossa Nostra". The group has released 6 CD's including "Wall of Sound", "Vocal Play" and "Christmas: A Love Story".
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Headed by Ben Silverman, in partnership with IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), the company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be a true partner in campaigns and content creation. Electus/Engine Distribution, Electus' global distribution arm, will retain all international distribution rights. For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.
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