Pop star Ariana Grande has given us an early Christmas present: a surprise-released EP celebrating the winter holiday called Christmas & Chill. The set of six romantic holiday songs may not be the most original, but the R&B-laced tracks are certainly a breath of fresh air from overplayed Christmas songs heard nonstop in grocery stores and waiting rooms across the country.
The 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star told her fans over Twitter that she and her team produced the youthful, romantic set of songs in a week. It seems like she wants us to listen while chilling and eating cookies.
christmas n chill 🍪 — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 16, 2015
Much of the EP consists of simple tunes like Winter Things (featuring the chorus “Ayo, I wanna pretend we’re at the North Pole / Turning the heat into an ice cold holiday / Made just for me and my baby”), and December (“I’m just tryna to keep my baby warm through the wintertime / I’m just tryna give you something to remember through the summertime”). The six tracks are certainly well-produced and catchy holiday pop cuts. Do check out EP highlight Wit It This Christmas, a jazzy, soulful jam with more creative lyrics (“Down for loving, you’ll be my drummer boy / And I’m the only drum that you gonna play”).
Grande, known for hits like Problem, Break Free, Bang Bang, and Love Me Harder, has just two full-length records to her name: 2013’s Yours Truly and 2014’s My Everything. The former star of Nick’s Victorious has also recently taken a recurring role in Fox’s black comedy Scream Queens.
Grande is currently working on her third full-length album, called Moonlight. She released its first single, Focus, in October.