Elton John and Ed Sheeran are looking to add some festive cheer with their new Christmas charity single ‘Merry Christmas’ and share first look of the video ahead of it’s release on Friday
The hit-makers teamed up for their new single ‘Merry Christmas’, after Elton was inspired by his timeless festive track ‘Step Into Christmas’ – which still features in the top of the festive charts nearly five decades later.
Singer-songwriter Ed wasted no time at all getting cracking on the lyrics and has now shared a sneaky peak of the new video with a festive nod to rom-com Love Actually.
In the 47 second clip The Lego House singer appears in a festive doorway wearing a star Christmas jumper and holding up a giant cue cards.
The shot then swaps to Elton as if to greet him, wearing his trade-mark glitzy specs and black velvet dinner jacket.
Across the string of cards, Ed explained that Elton John phoned him to ask him to collaborate on a Christmas song together, to which he replied: “Yeah, maybe in 2022″. But it turns out, he wrote the chorus that same day.”
Picking up the acoustic guitar next to him, he sang: “ So kiss me under the mistletoe/ Pour out the wine/ Let’s toast and pray for December snow/ I know there’s been pain this year but it’s time to let it go/ Next year, you never know/ But for now, Merry Christmas .” And Merry Christmas was born!
Ed said he was initially hesitant but after the loss of a close friend inspired him to seize the day he accepted the offer.
He told a Dutch talk show NPO Radio 2 .: “It really just hit home how stuff can just change overnight.”
“I was like, ‘Why the f*ck am I not doing a Christmas song with Elton John? I might not be here tomorrow — this will be a f*cing great way to celebrate Christmas.'”
And performing an acoustic version of the chorus on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show earlier this month he added: “There’s loads of sleigh bells on it, and it sounds a lot more Christmassy than that.”
The single, with it’s surprisingly straightforward ‘Merry Christmas’ title, is released on Friday and can be pre-ordered will support the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.