Grenfell tribute Stormzys to No.1 within two hours
SIMON COWELL’s star-studded Grenfell Tower charity single shot to No.1 within two hours of its release yesterday.
The cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 hit Bridge Over Troubled Water went straight to the top on iTunes — knocking off Justin Bieber’s Despacito. More than 50 musicians, including Rita Ora, Stormzy and Louis Tomlinson, provided vocals for the record, to help victims of the blaze.
Cowell, who organised the project, was said to be in ‘floods of tears’ after listening to the result. He also donated £100,000 of his own money to the fundraising organisation, Artists For Grenfell.
Social media users praised the ‘beautiful’ single released one week after the fire tragedy in west London that killed at least 79 people. ‘I got goosebumps listening… we mourn together, we sing together,’ posted one, while another said it left them ‘absolutely sobbing’.
Cowell, 57, explained: ‘I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news — I was angry, upset, thinking, “What the hell do you do?” I drove up there and saw this tower, it wasn’t great. Do you donate some money? I was thinking, maybe we could do a little more than that and that’s how the record came about.’
Donations can be sent to artistsforgrenfell.com.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth