November 30, 2011
(RED) Christmas EP(2011)
30 November 2011
Christmas music, Indie rock, Alternative rock, Mariachi, Country music, Western music, Comedy music
(Red) Christmas EP is an extended play from American rock band The Killers, 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.
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 the first 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.
The lead single for the album was "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball", The Killers' 2011 Christmas single.
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.
1A Great Big SledToni Halliday4:19
2Don't Shoot Me Santa4:04
3Joseph - Better You Than MeElton John - Neil Tennant4:51