Meghan Trainor & Seth MacFarlane Ring in Holiday Season With ‘White Christmas’ Chart Debut

Meghan Trainor and Seth MacFarlane debut the holiday season’s first Yuletide entry on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, as their version of “White Christmas” arrives at No. 24 on the survey dated Nov. 14.

The song received plays in the tracking week (ending Nov. 8) on 15 reporting stations that have already flipped to all- or partial-holiday playlists, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The carol is from A Very Trainor Christmas, which debuts at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart with 7,000 equivalent album units. The set also includes remakes of Britney Spears’ “My Only Wish” and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and guest turns, in addition to MacFarlane, from Earth, Wind & Fire and Trainor’s father, Gary. (Trainor’s mother, Kelli, reached No. 22 on Digital Song Sales as featured on her daughter’s 2016 tribute track “Mom.”)

Trainor adds her 11th AC entry and third holiday hit: Brett Eldredge’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” on which she’s featured, led for a week during the 2016-17 holiday season and her own “I’ll Be Home” dashed to No. 5 in 2014-15.

MacFarlane, the creator of the Fox TV series Family Guy and The Orville, and writer, director and star of the films Ted and Ted 2, among others, adds his third charted AC title, after his version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” featuring Sara Bareilles, and his solo take on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” reached Nos. 10 and 28, respectively, in 2014. Both songs are from MacFarlane’s Holiday for Swing!, which rose to No. 8 on Top Holiday Albums that year.

MacFarlane has released five albums, including Holiday for Swing!, all of which have hit the top five on the Jazz Albums chart, dating to his first in 2011. No One Ever Tells You led the list in 2015 and his most recent LP, Once in a While, reached No. 5 in May 2019.

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