It’s close, that moment when it begins to feel a lot like Christmas. Give it a month, five weeks max. It’s that precious time when the days are shorter, but somehow easier. The holidays draw nearer. And the Christmas songs climb the charts.
Sheeran stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (Nov. 8) for a chat about life, parenthood, and his new album = (Equals), which is currently at No. 1 on sales charts around the globe, including the Billboard 200.
Conversation, however, swiftly moved to Christmas and Sheeran’s good mate Elton.
The pair speak every day, apparently. And John, fresh off his own hit collaborative album The Lockdown Sessions, pitched an offer Sheeran surely couldn’t refuse: a Christmas duet.
When Elton pitched his idea, Sheeran was cool. “I’ve always been quite against it,” Sheeran noted. “Not that I don’t like Christmas, I love Christmas, but in terms of doing a Christmas song, you need to chuck the kitchen sink at it.”
The pair went and cranked out three songs, including one called “Merry Christmas.” And, according to Sheeran, they’ve gone whole hog with sleigh bells, ding-dongs, the works.
Elton already has a holiday hit in his catalog. The zesty “Step Into Christmas” topped Billboard‘s Christmas Singles chart in 1973 and made the top 10 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. This season, he wants another.
Watch the interview below.