Simon Cowell organises star-studded charity single for Grenfell Tower victims
Simon Cowell has organised the recording of a star-studded charity single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
So far onboard are sixties legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from The Who, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction, plus a host of other big names including Robbie Williams, Jessie J, Rita Ora, James Blunt and many more.
Cowell first conceived the idea of a Grenfell charity single after watching footage of the fire last week.
I am watching the footage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Heartbreaking.— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 15, 2017
We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy. Making calls tonight.— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 15, 2017
"Heartbreaking" he tweeted, before adding: "We hope to confirm a record tomorrow which will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy. Making calls tonight."
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"I was going to send a cheque but I thought we could do more. That's why we are making a record," Cowell told The Mirror.
The single will be a version of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and will also feature a 300-strong choir, with a group of young survivors from the Grenfell Tower fire lending their voices to the song as well.
Other performers include Paloma Faith, Craig David, Stormzy, Leona Lewis, Pixie Lott, Lily Allen, Stereophonics lead singer Kelly Jones and Shane Filan from Westlife.
British PM Theresa May has waived VAT (the UK version of GST) on the single, which is currently expected to be released on Wednesday (UK time).