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A breakdown of this year's Christmas albums

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Every year, we get a lot of Christmas music here at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (and there’s plenty more at your local record store). Believe us, slogging through stacks of seasonal discs could sour even Tiny Tim (not that Tiny Tim). In the spirit of the season, we’ve crunched some numbers — yule be amazed.

Number of copies the top 50 Christmas albums sold in 1996: 9 million

Number of copies the top 100 jazz albums sold in 1996: 9 million

Number of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums sold in the U.S. last year: 1,273,000

Number of new steamrollers sold in the U.S. last year: 6,550

Ratio of copies sold of Mariah Carey’s 1994 holiday album, Merry Christmas, to copies sold of her most recent album, Butterfly: 3:1

Ratio of copies sold of John Tesh’s 1994 holiday album, Winter Song, to copies sold of his most recent album, Victory: The Sports Collection: 38:1

Number of Christmas albums certified multiplatinum: 18

Number of Christmas albums by New Kids on the Block certified multiplatinum: 1

Number of songs on Donny Osmond’s Christmas at Home written by U.S. senator Orrin Hatch: 1

Number of songs featured on both Hanson’s Snowed In and the Hot Rod Holiday compilation: 4

Number of new Christmas albums sent to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY for review in 1997: 66

Number of them that include a version of ”Silent Night”: 25

Number of them that include a version of ”Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all”: 2

Number of them featuring soothing, pastoral landscapes on the cover: 11

Number of them featuring scantily clad women on the cover: 1

Number of them featuring scantily clad women on the cover if you include RuPaul: 2

Number of them featuring a guest spot by Sean ”Puffy” Combs: just 1!

(1) SoundScan (2) Equipment Data Associates (3) Recording Industry Association of America

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