By Tracy Cabrera
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM— Five years before the coronavirus global pandemic, pop star Justin Bieber was locked in a contest for Britain’s favorite Christmas song with a group of little known health workers.
This year, the Canadian singer-songwriter and the health workers are back together, singing the hit single Holy, to raise funds to help Britain’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) tackle the ongoing pandemic.
Bieber’s 2015 tweet asking his fans to help the South London Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir went viral and their song beat his single to the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.
The former teen star later met up with the medical workers, leading to this year’s collaboration. “Especially in these difficult times, I’m humbled to team up with them,” he disclosed to announce the new release.
Britain has among the largest recorded numbers of infections and deaths from Covid-19 and the British government has revealed that the epidemic appears to be growing again, shortly before a planned five-day relaxation of restrictions for the festive period this Christmas season.
Earlier this year, Bieber donated profits from his single Stuck With U”, which he collaborated with American singer Ariana Grande, to the charity First Responders Children’s Foundation which supports frontline workers in the United States.
Based on latest statistics, the US has the world’s highest figures for Covid-19 deaths and infections at 1.67 million and more than 75.5 million, respectively. (Reuters)