The English singer-songwriter duo has been teasing their Christmas special for months and now it’s almost here.
In October, Sheeran said that he and Elton John would release a new Christmas single after “Step Into Christmas” reached the U.K. Top 10 charts for the first time.
“Elton rang me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton rings me almost every single day,” Sheeran said in an interview at the time. “He said, ‘Step Into Christmas is Number 6 in the charts! I want to do another Christmas song – will you do it with me?”
To the delight of fans, Sheeran agreed, and their collaboration is coming very, very soon.
Ed Sheeran Wishes Elton John A ‘Merry Christmas’
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On Monday, November 28, the “Bad Habits” singer posted a video to his Instagram page teasing the song. In the video, Sheeran knocks on John’s door wearing a festive Christmas sweater.
After John opens it, Sheeran puts a finger to his lips and proceeds to drop cards to reveal a message teasing their upcoming Christmas song. The message reads:
“Hello. 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. Go pre-order or pre-save it now. It has sleigh bells. A lot of them…”
After Sheeran drops the last card, he gives a thumb up and a friendly wave to the camera.
Ed Sheeran And Elton John Team Up For A Good Cause
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That’s not the only reason fans should be excited about their upcoming Christmas single.
In the post, Sheeran revealed that “All UK profits from this year’s Christmas period will go to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation (www.essmf.com) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (@ejaf).”
The Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation was started by the “Shape of You” singer in 2019. His goal is to provide upcoming artists ages 18 and under with “small but hopefully used grants” to jumpstart their music careers.
At the time, the Foundation only accepts applicants that live in Suffolk, in the area where Sheeran grew up and first started his own music career.
“I feel like I’ve had a lot of support from the area and I feel like I want to give some support back,” he said before adding, “The music foundation won’t be able to help everyone, but it will be able to do some good work.”
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established by Elton John in 1992 in the United States, before expanding into the United Kingdom a year later.
The nonprofit organization “supports innovative HIV prevention, education programs, direct care, and support services to people living with HIV.”
It’s great to see Sheeran and John teaming up for a good cause. Their new collaboration “Merry Christmas” will be available for pre-order on Friday, December 3, 2021.
All proceeds from pre-order sales and subsequent purchases in the Christmas season will benefit the two charities.