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The Killers drop surprise charity Christmas album

The Killers have dropped a surprise Christmas album in partnership with Bono’s charity (RED).

The Las Vegas-based musicians have teamed up with the charity by releasing festive singles every Christmas over the last decade, with a version of I’ll Be Home For Christmas this year’s (16) offering.

However, as 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of (RED), co-founded by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa, The Killers have decided to dedicate 10 tunes on new record Don't Waste Your Wishes to the cause.

The band, fronted by Brandon Flowers, hinted at what was to come earlier this month (Nov16) with posts on Facebook, but only made full details available upon releasing the new material on Friday (18Nov16).

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a cover of Bing Cosby’s classic 1943 track and sees singer Brandon duet with his fourth grade teacher, Ned Humphrey Hansen, who he credits for teaching him the meaning behind the song.

Some big collaborations feature on the record, with stars including Elton John, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and Richard Dreyfuss all lending their talents to the album.

All of the proceeds from sales will go straight to The Global Fund through (RED). Don’t Waste Your Wishes is available now through iTunes and Apple Music, with a limited edition CD slated for release on 9 December (16). Fans can also tune into videos for 10 of the songs on a website created especially for the venture.

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