Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music.

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Since 2006, the alt-rock band has recorded a holiday song for Bono's (RED) Campaign every year to coincide with World AIDS Day. This year's track, which Kimmel called "the greatest holiday song ever recorded by non-chipmunks," premiered on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Dec. 1. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS.

The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel Show Christmas Spirit on 'Joel, the Lump of Coal'

"Joel" is the Killers' first entry on Hot Rock Songs since last year's holiday tune, "Christmas in L.A.," reached No. 43. It was co-written by the band Dawes and features Owen Wilson in its video. Kimmel co-wrote "Joel" and is credited as a featured artist (although he leaves the singing to Brandon Flowers). The song tells a slightly melancholy, although ultimately upbeat, tale about a lump of coal that ends up brightening a naughty boy's Christmas Day.

Kimmel is the second late-night host to make it to the Billboard charts this year. NBC's Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in October at No. 26 with his will.i.am collaboration "Ew!" All proceeds from that track also went to charity, to benefit the SeriousFun Children's Network and will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation.

 


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