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Justin Bieber has decided if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em as he teams up with the NHS choir who snatched the Christmas number one from under his nose five years ago.
The Canadian superstar has said he was “humbled” to collaborate with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir who beat him in the race to the Christmas charts top spot in 2015 with A Bridge Over You.
Bieber had encouraged his fans to help the key worker singers to victory by buying their single rather than his hit Love Yourself, but this year they have decided to join forces.
We’re beyond excited to finally share the news!!! We’re back together with our old friend @justinbieber, singing our hearts out on this new version of his gorgeous song ‘Holy’, all to raise money for @NHSCharities and @LG_NHS!
Out Friday 18 Dec#NHSBieber4XmasNo1 pic.twitter.com/m5eCKBzZf9
— The NHS Choir (L&G) (@Choir_NHS) December 13, 2020
He said: "It's great to be reunited with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, as we share a fun bit of UK chart history together.
"Especially in these difficult times, I'm humbled to team up with them for a charity single that will benefit NHS workers on the frontlines of this pandemic and pay tribute to their unbelievable dedication."
Now, they have recorded Bieber’s track Holy at Abbey Road Studios, with Chance the Rapper also featuring.
Although the choir and Bieber recorded their parts of the song separately, they have met him once before as he presented the choir with their number one award in 2016.
He said at the time: “I was honoured to meet everyone from the choir and I’m really happy that they got their number one.”
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 23, 2015
This year’s song Holy is about Bieber’s Christian beliefs and his love for his wife, model Hailey Baldwin.
Choir member and midwife Lizzie Farrant told Sky News: "What a year it has been. We talk about the Christmas number one all of the time.
"It's given us so much. And whenever we talk about the Christmas number one, Justin Bieber is never far from our lips."
Her choir mate and endocrinologist Zoe Davies told The Daily Mirror: “Being Christmas number one was the most insane feeling. We were all listening to the radio and we realised we had done it. I’ll never forget it.
“We’d love to do it again and we are so excited to have such an amazing song.”
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