(Red) Christmas EP

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(Red) Christmas EP
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EP by The Killers
Released November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)
Recorded 2006–2011
Length 26:42
Label Island
Producer
The Killers chronology
Live from the Royal Albert Hall
(2009)
(Red) Christmas EP
(2011)
Battle Born
(2012)

(Red) Christmas EP is the debut extended play (EP) by American rock band The Killers. It was released digitally on November 29, 2011, by Island Records.[1] The EP features the band's yearly Christmas singles from 2006 to 2011. Proceeds from the sales from the (Red) Christmas EP have been 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 (coinciding with World AIDS Day). As of the EP, 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, the band 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. The EP also features guest appearances from Elton John, Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Toni Halliday (Curve), Wild Light, and Mariachi El Bronx.

Singles[edit]

The Killers' 2011 Christmas single, "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball", was released as the lead single from the EP.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 85. It also opened on the Billboard Digital Albums chart at number 10, Rock Albums at number 11, and Alternative Albums at number nine.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Great Big Sled" (featuring Toni Halliday) Brandon Flowers 4:18
2. "Don't Shoot Me Santa" Flowers
4:03
3. "Joseph, Better You than Me" (featuring Elton John and Neil Tennant)
  • Flowers
  • John
  • Tennant
  • Price
  • The Killers
4:51
4. "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" (featuring Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx)
  • The Killers
  • Wild Light
  • Mariachi El Bronx
  • Price
  • The Killers
4:33
5. "Boots" The Killers
5:27
6. "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" (lyrics taken from the 1890 poem of the same name)
  3:30
Total length: 26:42

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional producer
  • ^b signifies a co-producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 77
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 104
US Billboard 200[4] 85
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[5] 9
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[6] 29
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[7] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(RED) Christmas – EP by The Killers". iTunes Store (US). Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums – Week Commencing 12th December 2011" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (1137): 6. December 11, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Updates Sales 2011". Zobbel. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Killers Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Killers Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Killers Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Killers Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2017.