(Red) Christmas EP

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(RED) Christmas EP
EP by The Killers
Released November 30, 2011
Recorded 2006–2011
Genre Christmas, alternative rock, mariachi, comedy, country, cowboy, indie rock
Length 26:42
Label Island Records
The Killers chronology
Live from the Royal Albert Hall
(2009)
(RED) Christmas EP
(2011)
Battle Born
(2012)

(RED) Christmas is an extended play from American rock band The Killers,[1] featuring their yearly Christmas singles from 2006 to 2011. Part of the proceeds from the sales from (RED) Christmas will be donated to the Product Red campaign, headed by Bobby Shriver and U2 lead singer Bono.

Background[edit]

The Killers have become recognized for their work with the Product Red campaign, headed by Bono and Bobby Shriver. Every year since 2006, the band has released a Christmas song in support of the campaign. Every single comes out around December 1 (coincides with World AIDS Day). As of the album they had released six Christmas themed songs and music videos: "A Great Big Sled" (2006), "Don't Shoot Me Santa" (2007), "Joseph, Better You Than Me" (2008), "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" (2009), "Boots" (2010) and "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" (2011).

On November 30, 2011, they released the (RED) Christmas EP on iTunes which features all six songs. All proceeds from the songs have been donated to Product Red campaign and the fight against AIDS in Africa. They also enlisted the help of other acts including Elton John, Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Toni Halliday (Curve), Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx.

Singles[edit]

The lead single for the album was "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball", The Killers' 2011 Christmas single.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at No. 85. It also opened on the Billboard Digital Albums chart at No. 10, Rock Albums at No. 11, and Alternative Albums at No. 9.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Great Big Sled" (featuring Toni Halliday) The Killers 4:18
2. "Don't Shoot Me Santa" (featuring Ryan Pardey) The Killers 4:03
3. "Joseph, Better You Than Me" (featuring Elton John and Neil Tennant) Brandon Flowers, Elton John and Neil Tennant 4:51
4. "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" (featuring Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx) The Killers, Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx 4:33
5. "Boots" (featuring dialogue from It's a Wonderful Life) The Killers 5:27
6. "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" (Lyrics taken from 1890 poem of the same name) Michael Martin Murphey, William Lawrence Chittenden 3:30
Total length:
26:42

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[2] 77
UK Albums Chart 104
U.S. Billboard 200 85
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 10
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 11
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - (RED) Christmas - EP by The Killers". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  2. ^ "The ARIA Report - Week Commencing ~ 12 December 2011 ~ Issue #1137". Australian Recording Industry Association / Pandora.nla.gov.au. p. 2. Retrieved 30 August 2012.