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Ed Sheeran and Elton John release festive song Merry Christmas

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Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has unveiled his Christmas single in a collaboration with pop legend Sir Elton John.

Sheeran, of Framlingham, has paired up with Sir Elton for their new song Merry Christmas, which has officially been released today.

The duo have revealed all profits from this year's Christmas period will go to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Earlier this year, Sheeran said the festive single came about after a phone call he received from Sir Elton in which he said he wanted to create another Christmas hit.

"Elton rang me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas. Elton rings me almost every single day," Sheeran told NPO Radio 2 in the Netherlands.

"He said, 'Step Into Christmas is Number 6 in the charts! I want to do another Christmas song - will you do it with me?"

"It's just me and him. It's great," he added.

Posting about the new song this morning, Sheeran said: "Our song “Merry Christmas” is out now everywhere. Go stream it and check out the video too, we had so much fun filming it!"

The video, which premiered less than an hour ago and has already amassed tens of thousands of views, pays homage to a number of classic festive moments.

Sheeran can be seen flying in a scene reminiscent of the animated film The Snowman, meanwhile comedians Jonathan Ross, Michael McIntyre and Big Narstie join Sheeran in big, white winter coats similar to those made famous by East 17's Stay Another Day video of the 90s.