Gwen Stefani Talks Deluxe Edition of 'You Make It Feel Like Christmas' & 'Magical' Art of Holiday Songwriting


"Honestly, songwriting is so magical, however to do Christmas songwriting was one other stage for me," Stefani tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast.

Gwen Stefani's first expertise making a Christmas album was so good, she needed to do it twice! In October, the pop/rock icon launched a deluxe version of her 2017 vacation album You Make It Feel Like Christmas, which boasts 5 brand-new songs, together with two extra originals co-written by Stefani.

"I really feel like with Christmas data, if you happen to do ok, they allow you to add on to your report," Stefani laughed to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast. "I don't what number of years they allow you to try this for."

Once the No Doubt frontwoman unlocked her inner-Santa Songwriter, the floodgates had been open and she or he was on a quest to create a kind of traditional Christmas carols that we've identified our entire lives. "If you will get one which lasts, then you definately're there perpetually and it's simply, you recognize, you're Mariah Carey," she says of the "All I Want for Christmas Is You" author. "Like, you get to have that second with everybody's reminiscences and their households and their vacation. It's such as you're a part of their celebration and the backdrop of their lives. Honestly, songwriting is so magical, however to do Christmas songwriting was one other stage for me."

The two new songs that Stefani co-wrote with Justin Tranter (who labored with Gwen on her most up-to-date studio album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, along with his work with Selena Gomez, Britney Spears and extra pop superstars) and busbee (Maren Morris, Keith Urban and extra) are known as "Cheer for the Elves" and "Secret Santa." While "Elves" is an uptempo kids's tune, "Santa" goes in a extra grown-up path. "It kind of jogs my memory of like a 'Santa Baby' lane ... within the sense of like a bit of attractive tune."

In addition to the brand-new songs, Stefani and her boyfriend and fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton additionally filmed a music video for the album's title observe this 12 months. While Gwen continues to be attempting to determine what to get her country-star beau for Christmas, her reward from him is already dealt with. "It's only a enjoyable time of 12 months and I do know that it may be tremendous disturbing too. I really feel it as nicely, I'm like, oh my God, I haven't gotten something for Blake, like, what am I gonna get him? He has the whole lot. But I do know he gave me one thing, my current already, which was to do a video for the 'You Make it Feel Like Christmas' tune," she says. "[It] was such a present as a result of he hates doing movies. Literally, for his personal movies he's like, 'You acquired two hours after which I'm out of right here.' He simply, it's not his factor. So for him to have the ability to put the time in for a complete day and try this video with me was only a dream. I used to be all enthusiastic about the way it turned out and it was numerous enjoyable."

Stefani has loads to dwell as much as in terms of passing Christmas traditions on to her children as a result of her personal childhood set the bar fairly excessive. "You may by no means see the place the tree was and the place the presents had been as a result of Santa would come and wrap the doorway with wrapping paper," she recollects. "[My parents would] be like, 'On the depend of three! Bust by way of the paper!' And it was numerous enjoyable."

As for her three kids -- Kingston (12), Zuma (10) and Apollo (Four) -- she's nonetheless attempting to make their Christmas shiny. "My children have such an unbelievably totally different life than I did rising up," she says. "I really feel like yearly is only a ticking clock the place you're like attempting to carry on and make it magical as a result of life goes so shortly. Now I've a 12-year-old who doesn't actually have a very good record. There's no extra toys to purchase, it's identical to tech stuff or he desires like Gucci or issues which can be simply unimaginable. You're like, 'No, you're not getting the brand new ... iPhone 12 or no matter is popping out subsequent.' It's actually onerous to not let go of the enjoyable child years the place Christmas is simply so magical. I nonetheless have a Four-year-old, so he's gonna have enjoyable this 12 months."

Also on the present, Keith & Katie talk about information about Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Billboard's Women in Music occasion on Thursday and the delayed Grammy nominations.

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