December 3, 2021 8:06AM EST
Two members of England’s euphony royalty – Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran – person travel unneurotic to privation you a ‘Merry Christmas’ with a caller festive vacation song!
It’s officially December and the holiday euphony season is successful afloat swing. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is already astatine No. 12 connected the Billboard Hot 100, and a fistful of different classical tracks are hoping to instrumentality the apical spot from the “Queen of Christmas.” While nary 1 mightiness person the powerfulness to dethrone Mariah, perhaps…two radical tin bash it? Enter Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John with “Merry Christmas.”
Ed and Elton truly footwear things disconnected erstwhile Elton begins playing the soft connected a Christmas-themed set. The singers are some wearing green, red, and achromatic sweatsuits that are cleanable for the holidays. Ed changes into a sexy Santa costume by Christmas trees earlier joining Elton connected a sleigh. Ed ends up flying with a snowman earlier reuniting with Ed. As helium sings connected the track, Ed had a “good night” connected his vacation adventure.
Ed and Sir Elton officially announced the opus connected Nov. 29, with a Love Actually-themed video posted connected Social Media. Ed, successful the Andrew Lincoln role, appears connected Elton’s doorstep (aka Kiera Knightley) with an armful of cue cards. “Hello. Last Christmas, I received a telephone from my mate, Elton John, and helium told me, and helium told maine we should bash a ‘Christmas Song,'” work the archetypal batch of Ed’s cards. “And I replied, ‘yeah, possibly successful 2022.’ But I really wrote the chorus that day. And present we are. Our Christmas song. ‘Merry Christmas.’… it has sleigh bells. A batch of them.” The duo besides announced that each U.K. profits from the opus this vacation play volition spell to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (h/t Billboard)
Ed swung by The Jonathan Ross Show at the commencement of November to speech astir his collaboration with Elton. He besides shared the lyrics for the chorus that helium wrote: “So, buss maine nether the mistletoe / Pour retired the wine, let’s toast and commune for December snowfall / Yeah, there’s been symptom this year, but it’s clip to fto it spell / Next year, you ne'er know, but for now, Merry Christmas.” A time aft the Jonathan Ross appearance, Ed went connected The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and shared however helium was apprehensive of doing a vacation track. “I’ve ever been rather against it,” helium said. “Not that I don’t similar Christmas, I emotion Christmas, but successful presumption of doing a Christmas song, you request to chuck the room descend astatine it.”
For Elton, this is not the archetypal clip that he’s gotten festive. He released “Step Into Christmas” arsenic a stand-alone azygous successful November 1973. The way broke into the apical 10 of the Official U.K. Singles Chart successful 1973. In the U.S., it topped the Billboard Christmas Singles illustration successful 1973, backmost erstwhile Billboard had a abstracted illustration for vacation songs. The opus was covered by The Wedding Present in 1992 and fixed the Two Minutes To Late Night treatment successful 2020, erstwhile the metal-themed drama amusement teamed with GWAR for a gore-filled rendition, “Stab Into Christmas.”
Elton is besides presently connected the Billboard Hot 100. The PNAU remix of Elton and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” is present astatine No. 11. Ed is besides connected the Hot 100, with “Shivers” astatine No. 6 and “Bad Habits” astatine No. 8. It seems Santa is bringing a batch of Ed and Elton this year.