After the cancellation of the Carey's thirteen studio album/second remix album Angels Advocate, speculation began to shift onto an alleged Christmas album. Fashion photographer David LaChapelle told The Times on April 24, 2010 that he shot the Christmas album's artwork, thus confirming that Carey was indeed planning to release her second holiday album. It was revealed that long-time collaborators for the project include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Teddy Riley, Johntá Austin and Randy Jackson.
Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 said about the album, "Anyway, Mariah's Christmas album is said to be very lush, with lots of strings and no hip hop. A lot of it is said to be 'live' and there's an ochestra. So let's chew on that news, and calm down about the other. And believe me, she won't be announcing anything at Radar Online owned by the National Enquirer. That won't be happening!" It was later announced that Carey had worked with Broadway collaborator Marc Shaiman, with Carey saying that he was her favorite collaborator since her days with Walter Afanasieff. In a recent press conference, Island Def Jam executive Matt Voss announced that the Christmas album would be released on November 2. Several days later, the album's title was revealed. The II represents the follow-up to 1994's multi-platinum Merry Christmas album.
|1.||Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Intro|
|3.||O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Little Drummer Boy Medley|
|4.||Christmas Time Is In The Air Again|
|5.||The First Noel / Born Is The King Interlude|
|6.||When Christmas Comes|
|7.||Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration|
|8.||Charlie Brown Christmas|
|9.||O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus feat. Patricia Carey|
|10.||O Holy Night - Live From WPC in South Central Los Angeles|
|12.||All I Want For Christmas Is You-Extra Festive|
|13.||Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem|
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