Ed Sheeran and Elton John have joined forces to recreate Love Actually’s famous doorstep scene for a new Christmas song. The British musicians’ highly anticipated holiday collaboration, titled Merry Christmas, will be released on Friday as they announced on Monday in a festive, Love Actually-themed video.
The Shivers hitmaker, 30, and the 74-year-old music veteran have been teasing their upcoming festive song, Merry Christmas, on their social platforms. Ed delighted his 35.9 million Instagram followers by sharing a fun snippet inspired by the 2003 romantic comedy to reveal the single’s release date.
Meanwhile, Elton John also took his official Twitter to reveal the release date. He tweeted, “Just under a year ago, I called @edsheeran to see if he wanted to make a Christmas single with me and now it’s nearly here!” John added, “‘Merry Christmas’ will be out Fri 3 Dec with all proceeds from this year’s Christmas period going to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation & (the Elton John Aids Foundation).”
The video shared by British singers begins with Ed knocking on the Grammy Award winner’s door, signaling him to be quiet. He then continues by holding up a slew of signs which read, “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 and save it now. It has sleigh bells. A lot of them.”
Meanwhile, the re-enactments originally saw Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln, use cards to declare his love for Kiera Knightley’s Juliet, but she was married to his best friend Peter, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
However, the song’s proceeds from the Christmas period in the United Kingdom will benefit both Sheeran’s foundation, which he set up in 2019 to provide grants to young musicians in his hometown of Suffolk, and John’s organization, which he founded in 1992 as a means of helping end the AIDS epidemic.