Ariana Grande gave fans an early Christmas present this year with her festive, surprise-released EP, Christmas & Chill. Stream the six new, original holiday songs below.
According to her Twitter, Grande and her team wrote and recorded the EP in a week. “Twas a long, productive slumber party,” she wrote. The songs feature Grande singing romantic Christmas ballads over trap beats. “Merry Christmas, here I am, boy,” she sings on the sultry “December.” “Gonna love you, gonna give you what I can, boy.”
The one song to stand out from the more R&B-leaning EP is the folky “Winter Things,” which closes out the collection. The acoustic track sounds a bit like Jason Mraz, as Grande sings “My baby’s in town and we’re gonna do some winter things.”
Grande’s last batch of holiday cheer came in the form of 2013’s much more classically Christmas-sounding EP Christmas Kisses. That release featured covers of “Santa Baby” and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” alongside three original tracks.
Christmas & Chill will be available on iTunes and Spotify at midnight EST. It follows her 2014 release, My Everything, which singles “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder,” featuring Zedd and the Weeknd respectively.
In October, the former Nickelodeon star debuted brassy new single “Focus,” which features uncredited vocals from Jamie Foxx. It’s the first official single off Grande’s third album, Moonlight, which is tentatively due next year. The new single and surprise Christmas EP cap off a busy year for Grande, who had a guest spot on the new Fox show Scream Queens and wrapped up her Honeymoon Tour.