James Durbin – Santa Claus is Back in Town – Video Preview

Hair metal invades the North Pole in a new Christmas tune from American Idol Season 10 alum, James Durbin. Check out a preview of “Santa Claus is Back in Town” which will be available at iTunes on November 13.

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  • Valarie

    James does a mean rockabilly.

  • MellyPer1692

    LMAO. This was pretty damn cool and I’m not even a fan. I think I may have to buy it :)

  • OffLeash

    Haha. Very cool indeed. When I heard James was recording a Xmas song, this isn’t what I expected. It’s on my shopping list for sure. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Very cool!! I like this different tone he makes to sound more punk/rockabilly. But I hope it isn’t the direction of his new album.

  • irockhard

    Xmas Durbin style, love it! Heidi said that it rocked, and I’m glad she wasn’t kidding! Perhaps James isn’t going too soft after all.

  • http://untitlement.wordpress.com Caroline Bridges

    I like it a lot.

    Recording a Christmas song is as sure a path toward immortality as any, especially now that the Christmas season lasts two months! Lots of air time to fill. This sounds better than a lot of the new Christmas music out there. Good work, James! I look forward to hearing you every winter from now on.

  • durbesque

    Love it!!!  I’ll be right here Monday at midnight.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    It’s pretty good, something different to hear mixed in with usual Christmas standards always sang the same way ;)

  • justmefornow

    Thanks for the thread MJ :)  
    Durbin fans have been in a bit of a drought lately, nice to hear his voice on something new. This has a nice rockin’ feel and I agree that maybe he isn’t going too soft on the new album (Yeah!)
    Can’t wait to hear the whole song AND see the whole video.Come on Tuesday!

  • OffLeash

    Tuesday next week? 


    Glad to hear James is getting something new out.  I will buy as I like Christmas and James.

  • http://twitter.com/crackletlightin B

    Sounds like he put out a great version – I think I’ll buy it!

  • HMc

    This is cool …I was missing James !!!! exclamation marks in honour of James ;) 

  • onslow2


  • DragonFly

    Absolutely loving the clip–cannot wait!   FUNNY—  “!!!! exclamation marks in honour of James ;)” 

  • lovetheusa1776

    So much fun – lovin’ it.  

  • justmefornow

    Kinda of OT, but anyone else find it funny that James, Ty and Blake (Ty just cut Blake’s, see attached) all have the same hair cut now? 
    What’s up with that?

    (Nice new “office” Ty, btw. Hope the new career is going well)

  • thirdtime

    I love this little clip.  Can’t wait!

  • iluvai

    omg, I needed that!  lol… I think James is fantastic.   :)

  • iluvai

    lol, Christmas shouldn’t last 2 months (I guess it does for retailers), but if it helps James, I’m for it!!  :)

  • iluvai

    Last post on this…. James looks skinny!!!  I hope it all works out for him!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WFT2H72RN2ZYXQRUXJ6NTXOPJE Jules

    Really liked the snippet. If the full version is as good – will be buying from iTunes for sure.

  • jjrr1942

    Don’t like it at all – barely recognizable!

  • Junior82165

    I actually like this!  And i’m not a huge James fan.  I love artists that make Christmas songs their own.  My personal favorite being Brian Setzer and his orchestra :)  Here’s their version of this song…


  • DragonFly

    There is a Podcast interview (2011) where James states after/while visiting Graceland that his “favorite” Elvis Christmas song is (you guessed it) Santa Claus Is Back in Town.  And “TYVM” for ROCKING it out for us James.

    (Wednesday, 14 December 2011In episode 74 of the Graceland beat podcast, American Idol finalist James Durbin talks about his favorite Elvis Christmas tune and…..)

  • Incipit

    James does a mean rockabilly.

    He does that, Valarie. It doesn’t hurt that I also like his voice on this; it may be a Christmas song I actually purchase. Nice job!

  • roarpen

    Well that was a burst of high-energy fun.!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I am happy to see the success James is having after Idol.  It is definitely a rockin’ song!

  • Chrissie H

    Well that is a different rendition and yes, I like it a lot. Good job James!

  • Kee123

    o/ can’t wait till Tuesday

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I already have Scotty’s version and will grab James’s too. Casey? Haley? Heejun? Anyone else plan to do a Christmas single? I like Christmas music. Although to be honest, I’m not sure this song is really about Christmas. :)

  • irockhard

    Haley and Casey released a Xmas duet last year – Baby it’s Cold Outside.

  • justmefornow

    “A burst of high energy fun”, that’s a pretty good description of James in general, lol.

    I hope the full video shows more of James Michael too, not just the back of his head. James D. has said he played bass on the track. I wonder if James Michael played guitar on this?  If not, it sounds like Blake did a good job handling all of the guitar tracks.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I knew. Bought both the song and the video. Need more! :) 

  • http://twitter.com/LisaDavis46 Lisa Davis~Durb362

    Watching James teaser video about Santa Claus Is Back In Town has only gotten me more excited for the release of this. Anybody that doesn’t buy this is going to miss out big time.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UHX5LYQ3ZJPMPFEYPSFX3ZEE4Q Jack

    This is really good.  I would like to listen to the whole song.  Does anyone have a link to the full version?

  • dd999

    “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” is a popular song this year. James does a nice job of it! Scotty recorded it on his album Christmas With Scotty McCreery, released October 16th,  its the last song on his album, and I was blown away with Scotty’s version of this old Elvis song..a short version of CC Rider with fantastic drumming is at the end of SCIBIT! 

  • irockhard

    It hasn’t been released yet, we’ll have to wait till Tuesday.

  • shamrock

    OMG, I love this!!! :D And I am not even a big Christmas song fan. Full of fun and energy, and totally James.

    time I think my interest in James might start to vanish a bit, I just
    need to hear his voice, and the fever is raging fully blown again. 

  • Valarie

    I really hope this song doesn’t ‘leak’. I want people to buy this one. :D

  • justmefornow

    I hope so too, but I don’t think this is supposed to be a gigantic seller, lol.
    This to me is more of James’ Xmas gift to his fans to hold them over til the album comes out. 

    A taste of the fun yet to come :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ADS2QZKHG4UJDBTUSWT5PI6WZ4 stacy

    That was a rush. How fun.

  • roarpen

    I just listened again – this is really fun. It’s actually better than I expected. And I really like the “Christmas, Christmas” chorus at the end of the snippet. It really leaves me wanting more.

  • OffLeash

    I also see it as a Xmas present to the fans. I doubt they’re counting on sales outside James’ (small) fanbase. I also don’t expect any kind of promo for it. As for radio, I don’t see the stations that play Xmas music decide to add this song because it wouldn’t fit in with the rest of their Xmas playlist. 

  • roarpen

     That being said – it’s a hoot.

  • sabbia

    What a treat! Having a very short opportunity to catch up on MJs at the local library because I still don’t have internet access (or power) from Sandy/Nor’easter, I was not only absolutely thrilled to see this thread at the top but was even more delighted with what I heard!

    Love, love, love this clip! So glad I got online and by chance popped in today, of all days.

    I wasn’t at all excited when I heard he was releasing a Christmas song but watching this is getting my juices up once again. (Just when I was losing a bit of interest, James has reeled me back in again.) 

  • justmefornow

    I agree. If James or Wind up were going for big sales they would have done an EP. I mean it’s not much harder to record a few more songs, they did this song in a day. They were already with James Michael recording the album and took the time out to do this on the side.

    But a smart move. Keep a little interest up between touring and more recording, and a nice gift in time for Christmas.

    And I agree, it’s a hoot!  Just like James.

  • justmefornow

    So sorry to hear you’re still without power! You’re near my mom, the Toms River area right?
    She has power, but a lot around her still don’t. It’s hard to believe.
    Finger crossed you get it soon! Hang in there!

  • OffLeash

    Sorry to hear that. I hope things get better very soon for you and all those affected.

    That song rekindled my interest too. Yes, it’s a total hoot! :D

  • http://twitter.com/Durbinlover4eva Crystal Wright

     LOVE LOVE LOVE ! ! ! Can’t wait till the 13th !

  • sabbia

    Thanks G, the finger crossing worked–our power was restored tonight!

    Yes, good memory, I’m in TR. I didn’t know your mom lived here. How did you make out with Sandy?

    Anything else new in James-land that I have missed in the last couple weeks? Any news on the upcoming album?

  • tibitibis

    Ha Ha I,m not even a fan of his music, but i always impressed by all his creativity and hard work …he’s excited all the time and transmit that excitement to his fans. Of course i want so bad to hear the all thing already ja ja …sound like a very fun tune for Chirstmas ;)

  • sabbia

    Thanks. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate losing nothing more than power for almost 2 weeks being that some of the most devastated areas of Sandy (Seaside Heights/Ortley Beach) are only minutes away. 
    I’m hoping his album produces this much anticipation and excitement.

  • sabbia

    Funny you mentioned Brian Setzer. I’ve got tickets to see his Christmas show the end of this month. Can’t wait.

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t know about singles, but Brooke White just released her Christmas album and of course Kris is putting out a Christmas EP. I haven’t heard about any other Idols releasing Xmas music this year (Scotty and Mandisa both having already done so a few weeks back)

  • justmefornow

    Hurrah for electricity!!
    Hard to believe that storm. I still can’t believe the damage. We were lucky too, I’m further inland and only lost power for 2 days. It did go right over us though, that eye was dead calm for over an hour and then wham! scary ass winds from the other side of the house. Let’s hope we never have to experience that again.

    As for James’ news, nothing really new. He and Heidi just moved. No new news on any touring, but he probably will after the Holidays. The album’s still on track for a spring release I believe.
    This Xmas song is a nice little tease, and I agree, keeps up or re-kindles interest. I’m very curious now to hear the direction of this new album.

  • Joanne Borle

    Absolutely love this preview of James Durbin’s Christmas song coming out on Nov. 13th and I cannot wait to hear the entire songs!!

  • debrod

    love it!!!! great vocals James