For the sixth year in a row, the Killers have issued a Christmas charity single to benefit (RED) in the fight against AIDS. "The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" was released on Thursday (Dec. 1), which doubles as World AIDS Day 2011.
"The Cowboys' Christmas Ball" is a jaunty little piece of Americana that features a ranch hand named Windy Billy who corrals a frontier jamboree. "Don't tell me 'bout cotillions, or germans. No siree!/That whirl at Carson City just takes the cake with me," sings Brandon Flowers.
Along with "Christmas Ball," the Killers are releasing all of their Christmas singles as the "(RED) Christmas EP" on iTunes. For $5.99, fans can purchase the six singles, which include "Don't Shoot Me Santa" and the Elton John and Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant-assisted "Joseph, Better You Than Me"; all proceeds for the EP will be donated to the Global Fund.
The Killers have remained fairly quiet since Flowers released his debut solo album, "Flamingo," in September 2010, with the group performing at the inaugural Orlando Calling festival last month. Their last full-length, "Day & Age," was released in 2008 and has since sold 763,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.