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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. The band gained in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their second album, The Christmas Attic the year previous. In 2007, the Washington Post referred to them as "an arena-rock juggernaut" and described their music as "Pink Floyd meets Yes and The Who at Radio City Music Hall." TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million albums. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven's Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, "enough pyro to be seen from the international space station", moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.

Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. In 2013, TSO kicked off their European tour with a performance on New Year's Eve 2013-14 in front of over 1,000,000 fans at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. "A daring feat in which the band played three shows across two continents in 27 hours." The show was broadcast live to millions more on German television.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Another Rosie Christmas Rosie O'Donnell 1
2012 Best Of the Best, a Holiday Collection Various Artists 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Now That's What I Call Today's Christmas! Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Another Rosie Christmas Various Artists 1
2001 MTV TRL: Christmas Various Artists 1
2003 Heavenly Christmas Various Artists 1
2003 Germain Remember the Name Holiday Hits, Volume II Various Artists 1
2005 Now! Christmas 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Dear Santa: Holiday Music Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Happy Holidays from KBCO Various Artists 1
2009 Now! Christmas 4 Various Artists 1
2009 Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule Various Artists 1
2009 KBAY Christmas 2009 Various Artists 1
Christmas Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Kool Christmas Favorites Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Christmas Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Now! Christmas 6 Various Artists 1
The Secret Behind Santa Various Artists 1

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