Sir Cliff Richard proposes collaboration with Stormzy for 2023 Christmas song
27th December 2022

Sir Cliff Richard has revealed that he'd love to team up with grime artist Stormzy to make a 2023 Christmas hit.

Sir Cliff, 82, reached number two in the the final Christmas album chart, with his newly released Christmas With Cliff, missing out on the top spot, which went to Taylor Swift's Midnights.

He was also kept from the number one spot the week prior, this time losing out to Stormzy, who claimed the top spot with his record This Is What I Mean.

The veteran singer told Iain Dale's All Talk podcast: “My album came in at two in the charts that covers Spotify and all those things but I came in at number one on the physical chart.

"I’d rather be number one but I keep saying to people, at least I’m going up – Stormzy at one, there’s only one way for him to go."

He was then asked if he would like to take part in a festive duet with the rapper, to which he replied: "Why not?"

This was just weeks after he appeared on This Morning, where he revealed that until the chart rivalry, he had not actually heard of Stormzy.

He said: "I'm going up against the most popular artist today, and I'm still able to compete. I'm really happy about it. I don't know Stormzy. I should say 'may the best man win' but I won't in case he does."

Both artists lost out on the Christmas number one single, with husband and wife duo LadBaby achieving a record-breaking fifth consecutive Christmas number one.

The pair made history as they become the first act in the Official Charts history to have five consecutive number one Christmas singles.

They’ve even beaten Liverpool legends The Beatles in the process, who held the title non-consecutively in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.

For weeks now, the couple have been tirelessly campaigning on their socials, encouraging their followers to download the single, Feed Aid.

The track, which features Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis is actually a parody of the Band Aid classic, with the lyrics adapted to reflect the current cost of living crisis.

It also stars an array of pop star lookalikes to add a comedic edge, including Robbie Williams, Elton John, Stormzy, Adele, and one of the five Beatles they won against, Sir Paul McCartney

Profits from the single will be split equally between the Band Aid Trust, which aims to prevent or relieve poverty, plus provide overseas aid and famine relief, and the food bank charity, The Trussell Trust.

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