Michael Bublé Headlines NBC Christmas Special Tonight
Michael Bublé returns with another star-studded holiday Christmas special airing tonight, December 10th from 10-11 pm ET on NBC. The multi-Grammy Award winning singer is joined by guest stars Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, and fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen, as well as Elmo, on songs including "Jingle Bell Rock," "Let it Snow," "All I want for Christmas is You" and "Winter Wonderland." With a little magic, Michael performs a special duet with Bing Crosby of the classic "White Christmas."
"I'm so excited to be back on NBC for another big Christmas Special which we got to tape in my hometown of Vancouver," said Bublé. "We had great fun with our guests and I think the show really captures the joyous spirit of the holidays."
Christmas has always been Michael Bublé's favorite holiday and it's been a long held dream of his to create the "ultimate" album that reflected the joy that the season brought to him and his family. But 2011 took the celebration to bigger heights than the multi Grammy winning Canadian superstar could have ever dreamt. His favorite classics, lovingly recorded, resulted in the multi-platinum "Michael Bublé Christmas," the second biggest selling album of 2011 with sales that exceeded 6.5 million copies worldwide. The hearts of fans throughout the world embraced Michael Bublé's "Christmas" and he reigned supreme at the top of the charts in the US, the UK, Australian, Canada and many other countries for weeks. "Christmas" was produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica.
Bublé recently appeared on NBC's "The Voice" as a mentor on Blake Shelton's team. He is also working in the recording studio with Bob Rock on a new studio album which is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Prior to last year's release Bublé completed his sold out "Crazy Love" Tour which played in 80 North American cities and was seen by over a million people. His "Crazy Love" CD won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his No. 1 Bublé penned single, "Haven't Met You Yet." Bublé is also the recipient of 10 Juno Awards including a Juno Album of the Year for his "It's Time" CD. His record sales internationally have exceeded 35 million copies.
"Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays" is produced by Brad Lachman Productions ("Christmas in Rockefeller Center," "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade") and Electus ("Fashion Star," "Mob Wives.")
"Michael Bublé is an incredible artist and we are thrilled to be bringing his adored holiday special back with NBC," said Ben Silverman, Chairman and Founder of Electus.
ABOUT THE GUESTS:
Rod Stewart - Rod Stewart is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Living Legend(R) and has been a world-class megastar for more than five decades. His latest album, "Merry Christmas, Baby," was released October 30th via Verve Music Group. This is Stewart's first Christmas album of his career and was produced and arranged by the legendary David Foster. "Merry Christmas, Baby," an album of standards and traditional songs, finds Stewart joined by an incredible array of superstar artists, including Michael Bublé on "Winter Wonderland," Mary J. Blige on "We Three Kings," and CeeLo Green on the title track, "Merry Christmas, Baby" featuring New Orleans' favorite son, Trombone Shorty. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a mesmerizing 'virtual' duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti. With the October 23rd release of his critically- acclaimed memoir, "Rod: The Autobiography" he added New York Times Bestselling author to his long list of achievements. In January 2013, Stewart returns to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to continue his residency; joining a short list of elite musical superstars with the international drawing power to headline the Coliseum.
Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, and with seven consecutive No. 1 singles, four of which are off his 2012 Grammy Awards nominated album, "Red River Blue", Shelton is the voice of country music. Shelton's current release, "Cheers it's Christmas," features several duet performances with multiple Grammy Award winning artists such as Michael Bublé, long-time friend (deleted comma) Reba, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and a very special duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, which they wrote together. Shelton's 2011 album "Red River Blue" debuted at No. 1 on Soundscan's Top Current Albums chart and Soundscan Top Country Albums chart with the Associated Press calling the album "the best album of his career." Shelton's infectious multi-week No.1 hit, "Honey Bee" holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist. The single held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country chart for four weeks in a row with over 40 million in audience. No country artist has held this record in almost seven years. Shelton now has eleven No. 1 hits and has not had a single peak outside the Top Ten since 2007.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Multi-platinum Canadian singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen has taken America by storm after bursting onto the scene in the US with her hit single "Call Me Maybe." Unforgettably catchy, the hit song which she co-wrote, quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for nine consecutive weeks claiming the longest Hot 100 No. 1 run of 2012. Certified quintuple-platinum in Jepsen's native Canada the track is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 37 countries. Jepsen has now joined forces with Owl City on their new single "Good Time" which has already reached the Top 5 on iTunes. Carly Rae Jepsen released her debut album "Kiss" on September 18th and hits the road this fall with Justin Bieber on the multi-platinum Pop/R&B sensation's 2012 headlining tour of North America.
ABOUT NBC ENTERTAINMENT:
NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network's primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC's quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC's roster of popular scripted series includes the Emmy Award-winning comedies "The Office" and "30 Rock," as well as the critically acclaimed "Parks and Recreation" and "Community," and new popular comedies "The New Normal," "Go On," "Animal Practice" and "Guys With Kids." NBC's drama slate is highlighted by the buzz-worthy new series "Revolution" and "Chicago Fire," veteran award-winning shows "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Parenthood," and the acclaimed recent additions "Smash" and "Grimm." Unscripted series for NBC include the vocal competition hit "The Voice" as well as "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice" and the perennial #1 most-watched summer series, "America's Got Talent." In late-night, NBC regularly delivers #1 broadcast results with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Saturday Night Live." NBC Daytime's "Days of our Lives" consistently ranks among daytime's top programs in the valuable women 18-34 category. The five-time, Emmy Award-winning NBC.com streams full episodes and provides original content for NBC entertainment shows online and through apps for mobile and tablet devices. NBC recently launched NBC Kids, a new Saturday morning programming block designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children. Programmed by the kids' experts at Sprout, the nation's first 24-hour preschool television channel, this new three-hour block will feature educational series that promote active, healthy lifestyles for younger children.
ABOUT ELECTUS: 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.