Ed Sheeran And Elton John To Release A New Christmas Collaboration
By Ariel King
October 6, 2021
While the song title and release date have not yet been officially announced, Sheeran said in an interview with Jan-Willem Roodbeen and Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte that the collaboration can be expected to arrive sometime in December. Sheeran went on to explain that the idea for a Christmas song between the two singers came to be during last year's holidays.
"He rung me up on Christmas Day and he said ''Step Into Christmas' is No. 6 on the charts, and I'm 74, and I'm still having f****** chart hits, this is great! I want to do another Christmas song, will you do it with me?'" Sheeran said.
The "Shivers" singer was initially dubious about recording a Christmas song with John, however, he changed his mind following the death of a close friend.
"It really just hit home how stuff can just change overnight," Sheeran said. "I was like, Why the f*** am I not doing a Christmas song with Elton John? I might not be here tomorrow, this will be a f****** great way to celebrate Christmas.'"
Sheeran will be releasing his new album, = (Equals) on October 29, and his most recent music video for the single "Shivers" paid homage to John. The "Bad Habits" singer is also due to embark on his +-=÷ (Mathematics) Tour next April, with the first leg taking him across Europe. Sheeran's manager, Stuart Camp, has also hinted that fans can expect the follow-up to = (Equals) sooner rather than later.
John is also due to release an album this month on October 22. Titled The Lockdown Sessions, John's new album acts as a collection of all the tracks he was featured on throughout the pandemic, which John has said brought him back to the earlier days of his career when he worked as a studio musician. The singer had also been planning to embark on tour this year, however, after a fall that requires him to get hip surgery, John has postponed The Yellow Brick Road Tour until 2023.