All proceeds from the track will go to charity
Elton John and Ed Sheeran have released their new charity Christmas single, ‘Merry Christmas,’ today (December 3). Listen to the song and watch the accompanying video below.
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Written by both Sheeran and John and produced by Steve Mack, the collaboration marks the first time the two have worked on a song together despite being friends for the past decade.
The duo’s global record and publication royalties from the track, as well as its sales, will be donated equally between the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.
You can watch the official video, directed by Jason Koenig, below, which features Mr. Blobby, Jonathan Ross, Big Narsty, Michael McIntyre and The Darkness as the cast recreates scenes from classic Christmas videos, including Wham’s “Last Christmas” Made it; Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas’; Snowman’s ‘Walking in the Air’; East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’ and more.
The single’s debut was announced by Sheeran in an interview with Dutch radio station. NPO Radio 2,
“Elton calls me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton rings me up almost every day,” Sheeran said. “He said, ‘Move in Christmas’ is No. 6 on the charts! I want to do another Christmas song — will you do it with me?”
On what to expect from the song, Sheeran said: “It’s just me and him. It’s great.”
In a video inspired by really love, Sheeran added on social media: “Last Christmas I got a call from my partner Elton John and he told me we should do a Christmas song, and I replied ‘Yeah maybe in 2022’, but I really didn’t know that day. Here the chorus was written. We are.
“Our Christmas song Merry Christmas is out this Friday (December 3). It’s got sleigh bells… there’s a lot of them.”
The 2021 official Christmas number one race will begin at 12.01 pm on December 17th until 11.59pm on December 23rd. Other contenders for the title include Adele, ABBA and Jorge Ezra.
talking to Granthshala Regarding new music in a recent Big Read feature, John said: “I just think: I know all the old stuff; I love new stuff. This is the future that interests me. I have no interest in the past.” No – not even in Elton John’s past.
“I know I like to sing the same songs that I do on stage but I rarely go back and listen to my own records. I’m more interested in hearing something new.”