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Clay Aiken "Merry Christmas With Love", Clay Aiken "Merry Christmas With Love" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart. Clay Aiken shatters sales record, making history with the Biggest Selling Debut in the SoundScan Era for a Holiday CD. Clay Aiken has had a phenomenal sales week. His new RCA Records Label release "Merry Christmas With Love," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart.

Clay Aiken's holiday CD made history by selling 270,10 units in its first week, making it the biggest debut week sales figure for a Christmas album in the SoundScan era. The CD debuts at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, the highest debut for a holiday album in six years since Celine Dion.

"Merry Christmas With Love" is Clay Aiken's first Christmas CD. The follow-up to his triple-platinum album "Measure of a Man," the holiday set features classic Christmas songs like "Silent Night," "Winter Wonderland," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," and "Sleigh Ride," as well as some of Clay Aiken's personal favorite tunes of the season, like "Don't Save It All for Christmas Day" and "Mary, Did You Know?" He also covers Sandi Patty "Merry Christmas With Love." Clay Aiken's holiday album was produced by Walter Afanasieff and Phil Ramone.

Clay Aiken could be topping more charts soon, as a DVD of his NBC-TV Christmas special will be released on Dec. 14. "A Clay Aiken Christmas," with guest stars Barry Manilow, and Yolanda Adams, airs on NBC Wednesday, Dec. 8 (8-9 p.m. EST and PST).

Clay Aiken will also be seen on the special "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" on Nov. 30 and on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Dec. 6, "The Today Show" on Dec. 8 and "The View" on Dec. 9.
He is currently on "The Joyful Noise Tour," performing songs from his Christmas album in venues across the country. Aiken is traveling with a conductor and a 20-piece orchestra. In some cities, he will be supported by the local Philharmonic or symphony.

"This is a different kind of concert," says Clay Aiken, who is setting out on his fourth tour of the U.S. in the last 18 months. "It's not meant to be a show where fans bring signs and scream. The goal is to be more intimate, almost semi-formal. The crew will be dressed up in their Sunday best and I hope the audiences will do the same."
During the tour, Clay Aiken will appear in stores for book signings of"Learning to Sing" in Raleigh, Chicago, Cleveland and Orlando.

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This is the most awesome Christmas album ever. Mary Did You Know? and 'What Are You Doing New Years Eve?' are my favorites. Clay has a great vocal rang which he demonstrates wonderfully on O Holy Night. He seems to really emote and think about the words he is singing. The album is very well produced too.

Clay Aiken is a wonderful artist. His voice was made for Christmas songs. It is just beautiful. His strong Christian values only adds to the emotion of every song. He sings them with authority. Clay has a way of making a song all his own, while still having it be tradional. Merry Christmas With Love is a must have this Holiday season.

Clay Aiken's amazing voice is front and center in this Christmas CD. O Holy Night and Silent Night are sung with reverence and beauty as is Joy To The World, a medley of Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful. Mary, Did You Know is so hauntingly beautiful and Clay's rendition Don't Save It All For Christmas Day will take your breath away! Other classics on this CD are Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, and Winter Wonderland. Clay's voice goes from tender to powerful -- this is a CD must have.

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