Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John have teamed up for a brand new Christmas song.
On Monday, November 29, the couple announced that their festive track, titled “Merry Christmas”, will be available for purchase and streaming from Friday December 3. It has also been revealed that all UK profits from the new song during this year’s Christmas period will go to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The singer-songwriters announced their Christmas song with a Love in fact-inspired video that recreated an iconic scene from the 2003 film in which Andrew Lincoln declares his love for Kiera Knightley with a series of cards.
During the clip on social media, Sheeran knocks on the door of Elton’s house with a series of signs saying, “Hello, last Christmas, I got a call from my mate Elton John and he told me that we should do a Christmas song. ”
The signs keep saying, “And I said, ‘Yeah. Maybe in 2022. ‘ But I wrote the chorus that day. And here we are. Our Christmas song, ‘Merry Christmas’, comes out this Friday. Go pre-order and register it now. It has sleigh bells. Many of them…”
In a social media follow-up post, the couple also revealed that the music video for “Merry Christmas” will also be released on Friday, December 3, with a short teaser featuring Sheeran and Elton, as well as celebrity cameos like The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, Jonathan Ross and Michael McIntyre, among others.
During the short video, which appears to be based on iconic Christmas music videos from the past, the duo also tease a short clip from the song, which has the lyrics, “Filled with so much love / All our family and friends. are together where we all belong / Merry Christmas everyone.
Through Billboard, Sheeran talked about his experience working with Elton on the track during an appearance on Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon.
“I have always been quite against [doing a Christmas song]. Not that I don’t like Christmas, I like Christmas, but when it comes to making a Christmas song, you have to throw out the kitchen sink, ”“ Bad Habits ”hitmaker told Fallon, revealing that he was “baffled” to find out that there was not already a festive song called “Merry Christmas”.
“It’s kind of like this problem in a video game that no one has thought of,” he added.