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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John appear in a promotional photo for Grease in 1978. / The actors on the cover of their holiday album This Christmas in 2012. - Provided courtesy of Paramount Pictures / UME Music

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunite for holiday album - See photo

10/02/2012 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Former "Grease" co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunited to record a holiday album together.

The album, titled "This Christmas," came together shortly after Newton-John discovered that their "Grease" duet "You're The One That I Want" was named one of the best-selling duet of all time, according to Travolta.

"Olivia texted me that our single, 'You're the One That I Want,' just became the best-selling duet of all time," the actor said in a statement. At the time, he was sitting around the Christmas table in Maine with his family. "And I thought to myself, 'Wouldn't people want to hear us do other songs?' and immediately came up with the idea of doing a holiday album together."

"My contribution was the suggestion we donate the proceeds to our charities," Newton-John added. "From there, it all just fell into place and worked out amazingly well. Our intention was so pure; it was easy for all these people to agree to sing on it because these were such good causes."

"This Christmas" is due out on November 13. The two will split the proceeds from the album and donate them to a charity of their choice. Newton-John will donate her proceeds to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia, and Travolta will donate his to the Jett Travolta Foundation, which was established in the name of his late son, who died in January 2009.

The album also includes guests like Barbra Streisand singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Tony Bennett singing "Winter Wonderland" and Kenny G.

"You're The One That I Want" songwriter and producer John Farrar also contributed to an original song on the album called "I Think You Might Like It," which is billed as a sequel to the "Grease" hit song.

"With our busy schedules, I don't know how we got it done," Newton-John said. "John and I have always connected. That's never gone away. When we're together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We've been through some amazing experiences together."

The two also sing "Baby It's Cold Outside," but switch up the song's gender roles with Newton-John playing the pursuer. The song was recorded in one take.

"We all felt a wonderful, joyful energy while recording this album," Newton-John said. "We want to make a lot of people smile and happy. It's a project that we're hoping turns into a perennial, one that can continue to raise money for these causes year after year, a gift that keeps on giving."

Travolta and Newton-John were last seen on screen together in the 1983 film "Two of a Kind." The film was critically panned, but the soundtrack, which included a duet between Travolta and Newton-John called "Take A Chance," went platinum.

Check out the track listing for "This Christmas" below.

1. "Baby It's Cold Outside"
2. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (featuring Kenny G)
3. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (featuring Barbra Streisand)
4. "This Christmas" (featuring Chick Corea)
5. "Silent Night"
6. "The Christmas Waltz"
7. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (featuring Cliff Richard)
8. "Winter Wonderland" (featuring Tony Bennett and The Count Basie Orchestra)
9. "White Christmas"
10. "I Think You Might Like It"
11. "The Christmas Song"
12. "Deck the Halls" (featuring James Taylor)
13. "Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here" (Medley)

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