The Killers (And Richard Dreyfuss) Spread Cheer on Rock & Holiday Charts

The Killers Dirt Sledding
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The Killers in the video for "Dirt Sledding."

The Las Vegas rock band's annual Christmas single debuts on multiple Billboard charts, with the actor along for the ride.

It's a modern-day yuletide tradition at this point, as The Killers' 10th holiday single arrives on Billboard's charts, with an assist from a legendary actor.

"Dirt Sledding," the 2015 edition of the rock quartet's annual wintry single, arrives at No. 21 on Alternative Digital Songs and No. 23 on Rock Digital Songs, with 5,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. It also enters at No. 12 on Holiday Digital Songs.

Watch The Killers' New Christmas Video Featuring Richard Dreyfuss

"Sledding" isn't just any Killers Christmas single. It includes featured guests Ryan Pardey, the band's longtime manager and a chronic pop-up on its holiday one-offs as Santa, and actor Richard Dreyfuss, who delivers a spoken-word address in the bridge. Pardey previously received credit on The Killers' 2012 seasonal song "I Feel It in My Bones," while Dreyfuss scores his first Billboard-charting song of his admittedly sparse musical (but richly thespian) career. Dreyfuss, 68, is best known for his roles in film classics like American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl and Mr. Holland's Opus, among others.

The Killers' holiday tradition began with 2006's "A Great Big Sled," which peaked at No. 25 on Digital Songs (and No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100). Since then, the annual tracks have regularly decorated sales charts (particularly once genre-specific digital charts began in 2010). The band's holiday best is a No. 5 ranking on Rock Digital Songs in 2010 with "Boots." In line with The Killers' prior holiday songs, all proceeds from the new track's sales will benefit AIDS charities as part of the Product Red campaign. To date, The Killers have helped raise $850,000 to fight AIDS.

The Las Vegas rockers are planning their fifth studio album, their first since 2012's Battle Born, with a tentative release set for next year.


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