Ed Sheeran and Elton John have announced details of their upcoming Christmas duet. Watch the teaser below.
The single, titled ‘Merry Christmas’, will be released on Friday, (December 3) and was announced by Sheeran in an interview with Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2.
“Elton rang me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton rings me almost every single day,” Sheeran said. “He said, ‘’Step Into Christmas’ is Number 6 in the charts! I want to do another Christmas song – will you do it with me?’”
Of what to expect from the song, Sheeran added: “It’s just me and him. It’s great.”
In a video inspired by Love Actually, Sheeran wrote on social media: “Last Christmas I received a call from my mate Elton John and he told me we should do a Christmas song, and I replied ‘Yeah maybe in 2022’, but I actually wrote the chorus that day and here we are.
“Our Christmas song Merry Christmas is out this Friday (December 3). It has sleigh bells… a lot of them.”
All UK proceeds from the Christmas track will go to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation. ‘Merry Christmas’ will be out exactly three weeks before the race for the Official Christmas Number One kicks off, hinting at the possibility of the track being a top contender.
The 2021 Official Christmas Number One race kicks off at 12.01am on December 17, until 11.59pm December 23. Other contenders include Adele, ABBA and George Ezra.