Josh Groban's faithful fans are growing by the millions with copies of his Christmas album ‘Noel’ flying out of record stores in unprecedented numbers. The runaway success of Groban's magnificent collection of holiday classics will be Groban's fourth multi-platinum album in a row.
‘Noel’ has sold more than a million copies in the last two weeks and enjoyed a Number One spot on the album charts in America after eight weeks on the pop charts. ‘Noel’ is also the first Christmas album to reach No. 1 in 13 years with industry buzzing that it may be one of the biggest-selling albums of 2007 and the biggest Christmas CD of all time.
The album is also the No. 1 Digital album, the #1 record at Amazon and the No. 1 record at Barnes & Noble.
According to Chuck Gorman, vice president of music for Barnes & Noble, "Josh Groban's 'NOEL' has already sold more copies than any holiday CD in our history. The numbers are staggering."
With upcoming TV appearances - "Rachael Ray" on Dec. 20th, a re-airing of "Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things" show on December 24th, "Larry King" and "Good Morning America" both also on December 24th and the "Disney Christmas Special" December 25th - Groban's sales are expected to continue at this pace through the end of the year and may reach a record-breaking four million units.
"Josh Groban's talents continue to grow along with the quality of his work as an artist. His last album 'Awake' and the new one 'Noel' are both masterpieces. The entire Warner family is so proud of this success," stated Warner Bros. Records CEO Tom Whalley.
Groban, a 26-year-old Los Angeles native who is currently on a promotional tour throughout Europe and Scandanavia commented on the success of ‘Noel’:
"This was a special gift for my fans who have been asking for a Christmas record for years. I'm overjoyed with the reaction."
With sold out concert arenas around the world and album and DVD sales surpassing 17 million units, the success of ‘Noel’ internationally looks equally impressive with a sales rundown including three times platinum in Canada, two times platinum in South Africa and No. 1 in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Predicted sales are expected to exceed three quarters of a million CDs outside the US.
Previous promotional TV appearances for Groban's "Noel" include 2 recent performances on "Oprah Winfrey" holiday shows, "Regis and Kelly," and performances on "Good Morning America" as well as opening the NBC Christmas Tree Lighting Show.