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Re: Libera - Christmas in Ireland

Post by JimmyRiddle » 3 years ago

A little insight behind those who setup the lighting for the concert in Armagh...Christmas for Robe in Ireland

...and Libera's album has now reached No2 in the US Billboard Trad. Classical chart - http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/tra ... sic-albums will it make it to the top?
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Libera tweeted that their album Christmas in Ireland has made No1 in the Billboard charts - It was No2 last week as per the link above, so when it's updated for w/e 28th Dec it should be confirmed as Christmas No1. This even before the Leno & Today performances ;) Great news.

Strangely the Christmas Album from 2011 is ranking higher than their Ireland Album on Amazon.uk - It's been a little low-key in the UK in regards to their new album but obviously this is down to their busy schedule in the USA this week.... and we've still got Songs of Praise to come.
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Re: Libera - Christmas in Ireland

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JimmyRiddle wrote:Libera tweeted that their album Christmas in Ireland has made No1 in the Billboard charts - It was No2 last week as per the link above, so when it's updated for w/e 28th Dec it should be confirmed as Christmas No1. This even before the Leno & Today performances ;) Great news.

Strangely the Christmas Album from 2011 is ranking higher than their Ireland Album on Amazon.uk - It's been a little low-key in the UK in regards to their new album but obviously this is down to their busy schedule in the USA this week.... and we've still got Songs of Praise to come.

I think it is safe to say there will be a U,S tour next year now as surely this whole xmas promo in the U,S was about getting support for a tour next year.

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Re: Libera - Christmas in Ireland

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dani wrote:I think it is safe to say there will be a U,S tour next year now as surely this whole xmas promo in the U,S was about getting support for a tour next year.
Yes, I'll be a little surprised If this didn't come to pass, I think perhaps after a Japan tour but that's just guesswork from me.

So let's a have a Christmas roundup!

Well as I sit here on Christmas Eve, overdosing on Libera Christmas DVD and other YouTube videos, before watching Carols from Kings at 18:15 - it's safe to say this has been Libera's most successful and lucrative Christmas campaign to date. Primarily down to their unprecedented invited trip to the US last week. The Leno performance was great, and we've still got 'Today' to come tomorrow (if that made any sense)... These network showings and the PBS specials would have generated them lots of new followers. The video on the Leno site has received more social networking shares that the likes of Leona Lewis and Jake Bugg! The PBS specials of their Christmas in Ireland DVD appear to have been a huge success, I've only heard positive online feedback from the veiwers in the US.

Back home their contributions on BBC Songs of Praise Big Sing were faultless, and superbly filmed I hasten to add.
They didn't quite make it a hat trick on No1's for Carol of the Bells - The official UK Classical Singles charts had the single placed at No3 (which is still very impressive) -

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Their 2011 Christmas Album made it's first appearance this year at No35

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I'm a bit confused with Itunes this year they appear to have reclassified Carol of the Bells in their specialist Christmas chart - last year they were placed Top of the Classical download chart but couldn't find them listed this year. Yet in the Christmas Music catagory we have;
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Maybe ITunes was a little tired of them reaching top of the Classical downloads charts the last two years and decided to put them in with the big guys (and gals), and being ahead of the Pogues must be making Warner Classics very happy.

COTB has featured top 3 of Amazon Classical single MP3 downloads for the past week
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...and regularly shuffle into No1 at various times. By the way lots of Libera's songs are now featured highly in this list....

The 2011 Christmas Album has now entered top half of Amazon Classical Album charts; currently placed 15th and this year's Ireland album is 21st....

It's a similar story on the US Amazon site, and Canada Amazon beat everyone because their Album reached Top 30 in overall music at one point! and it's the only ITunes Classical chart that I've seen the Ireland Album listed in the top 10....

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So all in all, a very successful Christmas campaign....Hope they and everyone else have a great Christmas!
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Re: Libera - Christmas in Ireland

Post by maartendas » 3 years ago

Merry Christmas everyone!

Finally got round to watching the DVD. I really enjoyed the arrangements of Angels We Have Heard and O Holy Night, the latter was probably my favourite of all the songs. I also thought the Wexford Carol was very beautiful. And Matthew Jansens solo on Gaudete reminded me of his solos on I Vow To Thee, his voice just gives me chills.

It was a special thing to see the boys again after a long time. Watching them made me feel somewhat like catching up with old friends. A moving sight to see people like Josh and Daniel in the background. And Ralph is getting older, I wonder what his future will hold, hopefully he'll stick with Libera for some time.
All in all a pleasant experience and a nice addition to all the Christmas festivities these days, which also involve a great deal of singing ;)
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