A group of top-selling artists, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Alison Krauss today announced that they will release an album of popular Thanksgiving music.
"We felt like Thanksgiving is too often skipped over musically," explained John Hughes, the obscure record company executive who came up with the idea. "Everyone starts playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. It's time to change that."
Critics have given the album relatively good reviews, considering that the album consists of twelve different artists performing "Over the River and Through the Woods" in different styles.
When asked why there was only one song on the album, Mr. Hughes explained that the album was supposed to showcase popular Thanksgiving songs, but in the end they could only think of one.
"I am sure that when people hear the different versions of this popular song, they will make listening to this record a yearly tradition. Miley Cyrus' version of the song nearly made me cry."
Some listeners of the album have reported that there is a hidden bonus song after the last track, a punk rock version of "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)." Mr. Hughes confirmed that some of the first albums they produced include the track, but that they stopped including the track after it was realized that even this potential Thanksgiving song only became famous due to the movie White Christmas.
Holiday Tribune then asked Mr. Hughes how he felt about the fact that although "Over the River and Through the Woods" originated as a Thanksgiving song, it is now associated more closely with Christmas. At that point Mr. Hughes hung up the phone.