Ed Sheeran and Elton John have released their new charity Christmas single and their long-awaited first collaboration, "Merry Christmas".
The collaboration, written by Sheeran and John, marks the first time the couple have worked together musically, despite being friends for over a decade.
The duo's worldwide record and release fees for the track, as well as their sales, are donated in equal parts by the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The track's music video, with cameos by Mr. Blobby, Jonathan Ross, Big Narstie, Michael McIntyre and The Darkness, shows performers scenes from classic Christmas videos such as Whams & # 39; Last Christmas & # 39 ;, Shakin & # 39; Stevens & # 39; & # 39; Merry Christmas & # 39 ;, The Snowmans “Walking in the Air” and East 17s “Stay Another Day”.
The single was first announced by Sheeran in an interview with Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2 (via NME).
“Elton called me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton calls me almost every day, "Sheeran said. ”
He said: “Step Into Christmas” is number 6 on the charts! I want to make another Christmas carol – are you going to do that to me? ‘"
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About what to expect from the song, Sheeran said, "It's just him and me. It is great."
Alongside an announcement video inspired by Love Really, Sheeran wrote on social media, “Last Christmas I got a call from my buddy Elton John and he told me we should do a Christmas carol and I replied, 'Yeah, maybe in the year 2022 ', but I actually wrote the chorus that day and here we are. "
“Our Christmas carol 'Merry Christmas' is out this Friday (December 3rd). It has sleigh bells … lots of them. "
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