” When Christmas Comes Around ” is by Matt Terry, the English singer. Matt was born on the 20th of May 1993 in Bromley, a district of south-east London England. Formally a market town chartered since 1158, it is situated within the ancient parish in the county of Kent.
Bromely is the birthplace of H.G.Wells, famous for his works of science fiction, including The War of the Worlds published in 1898. Another world-renowned author born in the town is Enid Blyton, best known for the children’s novels, the Secret Seven and Famous Five.
Matt Terry won the thirteenth United Kingdom version of the popular talent series, The X Factor in 2016. He auditioned for the show singing a cover of ” Stand by Me “, the Ben E. King song. After being put through, he was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, a former member of the girl group, the Pussycat Dolls. On the 11th of December 2016, Matt was crowned the winner of the contest and was immediately signed to Syco and RCA Records.
His debut album, Trouble, released on the 24th of November 2017, was not well received by critics or the record-buying public. The album debuted at number twenty-nine on the UK Albums Chart, and in Scotland, Trouble only managed to reach thirty-nine on the albums chart there.
” When Christmas Comes Around ” was written by Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge. Ed is an English award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire ( MBE ) in the 2017 Birthday Honours List in the United Kingdom and added to Debrett’s list of the most influential people in the country.
Amy Wadge is a British singer-songwriter. She was born on the 22nd of December 1975 in Backwell, a small village just outside the ancient town of Bristol, England. She has co-written many songs with Ed Sheeran, including the Billboard Hot 100 Chart number two and UK Singles Chart Number One single ” Thinking Out Loud “. She has also worked with many artists including Lewis Watson, Shannon Saunders and Anna Pancaldi.
The song was produced by Julian Bunetta, the American songwriter and producer. He worked extensively with One Direction as a primary songwriter and producer on four of the band’s albums. He has also worked with Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo and Leona Lewis.
As a songwriter, Julian has written songs for various soundtracks of films including Step Up, Step Up 3D, Confessions of a Shopaholic and A Cinderella Story, the 2004 American teen romantic comedy film starring Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge and Regina King.
” When Christmas Comes Around ” was released on the 11th of December 2016 by record label Syco ( Simon Cowell’s record label ). The song by Matt is the second time in the history of the UK X Factor that a winner has released an original single. The only other original was ” That’s My Goal ” by the show’s second series winner Shayne Ward. His debut single topped the UK Singles Chart at Christmas 2005.
Record label, Syco has shared equally all profits from the song to children’s charities, Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star CHASE ( Charity links at the bottom ). Along with the money donated by Syco, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has waived VAT ( Value Added Tax ) on all sales of the single. It is the sixth year running that the UK Government has done so.
Lyrically, Matt sings of his wish that his ex-lover would love him again, then they could be together for Christmas. In an interview with the BBC, Amy Wadge said of the song ” We said ‘let’s write a Christmas song’, and that’s what we did. We wrote this song and Ed said we should send it to Simon Cowell and then I got a call to say it’s the X Factor’s winners single. ”
” When Christmas Comes Around ” was a commercial success for Matt. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 22nd of December 2016 and reached a peak of number three. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of four weeks on the UK chart. It also charted in Scotland, Ireland and Finland.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Finland Download (Latauslista) 14, Ireland (IRMA) 28, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 2
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