Ed Sheeran and Elton John unveil new single Merry Christmas - can it claim the 2021 Official Christmas Number 1?

Merry Christmas also comes with a star-packed music video that pays homage to classic Christmas music videos.

Ed Sheeran and Elton John have released their brand-new, highly anticipated Christmas single.

Merry Christmas was co-written by the pair and is an ode to the best bits about the festive season - kissing under the mistletoe, raising a toast and playing in the snow. 

As if that wasn't festive enough, the track's music video pays homage to scenes from classic Christmas music videos and films. Mr Blobby, Jonathan Ross, Big Narstie, Michael McIntyre and The Darkness all make cameos and reinvent scenes from Wham’s Last Christmas, Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas, The Snowman’s Walking in the Air, East 17’s Stay Another Day and more.

During the 2021 Christmas period, Ed and Elton's global record and publishing royalties from the single and profits from sales of the single will be donated equally between the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation & The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Merry Christmas is one of this year's big contenders for the Official Christmas Number 1, which will be announced on Friday, December 24 on BBC Radio 1 and here on OfficialCharts.com. 

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Both have experience when it comes to landing a festive smash; in 2017 Ed scored the Official Christmas Number 1 with Perfect, while Elton's Step Into Christmas has returned to the Top 10 for the past two festive seasons.

This year marks the UK's 70th Christmas Number 1 and competition is fiercer than ever; ABBA, George Ezra, and The K**ts are among the acts eyeing up the top spot. 

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