|By PR Newswire||
|September 14, 2012 12:39 PM EDT||
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy Award®-winning international megastar Rod Stewart will return to HSN on October 26 at 8 p.m. (ET) to kick-off the holidays with the debut of his first-ever holiday CD, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY before its official release on October 30 (Verve Music Group). In 2010, Rod Stewart shattered HSN music records with his exclusive debut of FLY ME TO THE MOON: VOLUME V, selling more than 25,000 units during his one-hour performance. He continues to be the largest selling music artist on HSN.
"We are thrilled to have Rod return to HSN to launch his first holiday CD with us," said Andy Sheldon, EVP of Television, Live Events and Creative for HSN. "Rod knows how to engage an audience with his incredible voice and irresistible charm and we look forward to another successful appearance when he takes the stage with David Foster in October. HSN Live has become a highly respected launch platform within the music industry and we are excited about the high caliber of artists that want to debut their latest projects."
"We are excited to bring Rod Stewart back to the HSN audience," said Mike Rittberg, VP Artist Development & Promotion, Verve Music Group. "They've been a great partner for Rod in the past and this is a great opportunity to showcase Rod's talent and this amazing new CD for millions of fans."
HSN customers will have the opportunity to pre-order an exclusive 2-disc bundle for $14.95 which includes the new release, MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY and a "Best Of" CD that features Stewart's greatest hits, including Maggie May, Reason to Believe and Twistin the Night Away.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY is an album filled with holiday classics, including duets with Michael Buble on Winter Wonderland; Mary J. Blige on We Three Kings; and Cee-Lo Green for the title tune Merry Christmas, Baby. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? is a "virtual" duet with Ella Fitzgerald featuring Chris Botti. The balance of the tunes on MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY include: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Blue Christmas, When You Wish Upon A Star, Silent Night and Auld Lang Syne. The album's one original track, Red-Suited Super Man, is composed by Rod Stewart, David Foster and Amy Foster and features Trombone Shorty.
Prior to the HSN Live Concert Series event, a special pre-show will stream live on HSN's Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. (ET), offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes access as Stewart prepares to take the stage. Facebook viewers will be able to watch exclusive content on HSN's Rod Stewart Facebook tab and on HSN.com, to learn more about the inspiration behind MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY. Immediately following his HSN concert, Stewart will perform a special encore for Facebook fans which will also include an exclusive post-show chat.
HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 96 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website - hsn.com - is a top 10 most trafficked e-commerce site, featuring more than 16,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 35 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.
About Rod Stewart
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 150 million albums worldwide and has garnered countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades - including 18 Grammy nominations, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007, he was bestowed the title of a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of England. On the heels of resuming his two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace this fall, Stewart will release his highly-anticipated memoir, ROD: The Autobiography on October 23, followed by his first Christmas album, Merry Christmas, Baby on October 30.