Just as they’ve cut loose group members in the past, Destiny’s Child have now let a few days of Christmas go.
The “Bootylicous” trio have finished recording 8 Days of Christmas, whose title track pairs the “12 Days of Christmas” melody with new and abbreviated lyrics written by singer Beyoncé Knowles. The LP hits stores October 23.
“There hasn’t been a Christmas album like this — it’s kind of like a 2000 version of Motown Christmas,” Beyoncé said recently, referring to the 1973 compilation that included the Jackson Five and Stevie Wonder. “There’s nothing traditional about the album, even with the traditional songs. We totally remade them, and we have some really different harmonies and arrangements.”
While a track listing has not been finalized, 8 Days of Christmas is expected to feature updated versions of “White Christmas,” “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” the latter sung by Michelle Williams (see “Destiny’s Child Dreaming Of A Bootylicious Christmas” ). The Beyoncé-penned “Winter’s Paradise” is among four originals slated for the album.
“Usually when you hear the Christmas songs, they’re kind of corny,” Beyoncé said. “But you could hear this album all year round.”
“And Beyoncé put the stank on it to make it a unique Christmas album,” Kelly Rowland added.
The effort, which marks Destiny’s Child’s first holiday album, will include solo cuts from each bandmember plus a duet by Beyoncé and her younger sister, Solange Knowles. The threesome recorded in Japan, Houston and New York.
A line of Destiny’s Child dolls will also hit shelves in time for the holiday season.
Another R&B girl group, En Vogue, plans to spread its own holiday cheer with an LP of original and traditional songs. The trio is eyeing a November release, according to their management company.