Arriving in stores Tuesday is 8 Days of Christmas, a new holiday album from the trio Destiny’s Child. Besides a selection of holiday standards, the 12-track album also includes five originals-the title track; “Winter Paradise”; “Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day” and “Opera of the Bells” by the group’s Beyonce Knowles; and “O Holy Night” co-written by Michelle Williams.
Knowles said that she found writing the holiday songs easier than the other material she writes for Destiny’s Child. “It’s super easy, ’cause the hardest part… I write songs based on the concept. The first think of is, is like a title, like ‘Bootylicious,’ and then it’s, it’s real easy after that. But you have to find something to write about so people aren’t bored. And when the concept is given to you, it’s very easy to write a song. So you already know it’s a Christmas song, so it’s easy,” she says.
In addition to the group-penned originals, 8 Days of Christmas also includes “A ‘DC’ Christmas Medley” as well as Destiny’s Child arrangements of “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy” (featuring Knowles’ younger sister Solange), “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “White Christmas,” “Platinum Bells” and “This Christmas.”