STORY OF SONG
“8 Days of Christmas” is the 2001 Christmas track from iconic American R&B group Destiny’s Child, and is the ninth track on their 2001 Christmas album of the same name. The song was written by members Beyoncé and Kelendria (Kelly), with Errol McCall Jr., who also produced the track with Beyoncé and Mathew Knowles.
“8 Days of Christmas” is an R&B Christmas song, referencing the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The song has Destiny’s Child members list off all the gifts their other halves have given to them. During the premier of the music video for the song at 106 & Park in 2001, Knowles revealed when the song had actually been written:
“Actually, we wrote the song two years ago, when we went in the studio to do some Christmas something. That’s what started the idea of doing a Christmas album.”
The music video for “8 Days of Christmas” was released in late 2001 and was directed by Sanaa Hamri. Destiny’s Child are shown in Santa and festive outfits in a toy shop on a very snowy and winters day, where the group ends the video by handing out toys to children. The video was uploaded to Destiny’s Child YouTube channel on the 12th December 2019, and currently has 6.3 million views with well over a quarter of a million likes.
Release Date: 16th December 2001
Songwriter/s: Kelendria Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles & Errol McCalla Jr.
Producer/s: Beyoncé Knowles, Mathew Knowles & Errol McCalla Jr.
Music Video Release Date: Winter 2001
Music Video Director: Sanaa Hamri
Certifications & Chart Rankings: Throughout the years since the release of “8 Days of Christmas” it has re-entered the charts during the festive season:
– In 2001: #7 in the Netherlands & #57 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
– In 2002: #2 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart & #54 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
– In 2016: #58 in the Netherlands
– In 2017: #87 in Ireland & #75 in the UK
– In 2019: #68 in Australia
“8 Days of Christmas” is certified Gold in Australia and Silver in the UK.
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