Rich & Rowe, the pairing of John Rich and TV personality Mike Rowe, debut at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Digital Song Sales chart (dated Dec. 11) with “Santa’s Gotta Dirty Job.” The song debuts with 13,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 2, according to MRC Data.
“Those chimneys he goes climbing down ain’t exactly all that fun,” Rich and Rowe harmonize in the song. “But if he don’t do it, nobody will, so Santa’s gonna get the job done.”
Proceeds from the song, which also includes vocals from the Oak Ridge Boys, will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to military families, and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which promotes apprenticeships. “[Folds of Honor] is doing amazing work with families of vets who didn’t make it back,” Rowe told Fox News. “Putting this song out here, I know I speak for John … we’re both super grateful.”
Fox News and Fox Business Network have both spotlighted the song, while both artists have shows on the latter; Rich hosts The Pursuit! With John Rich and Rowe is the narrator and executive producer of How America Works.
Rich, who has climbed Billboard charts since 2004 as half of Big & Rich, earns his third Country Digital Song Sales leader, following “Earth to God,” for a week in October 2020, and “Shut Up About Politics,” for a week in June 2019. The latter also has a TV tie-in, as it features The Five, a quintet of then-all-Fox News hosts.
The new single also bounds 5-1 on the all-genre Holiday Digital Song Sales chart and debuts at No. 35 on Hot Country Songs. It’s Rich and Rowe’s first leader on the Yule sales log, as well as Rowe’s first Billboard chart entry; he also enters Emerging Artists at No. 9.
The song’s title plays off two of Rowe’s best-known TV gigs: Dirty Job and Somebody’s Gotta Do It.