After a day full of discussions, X Factor mogul Simon Cowell, has confirmed that he has pulled together some of the UK’s biggest musical acts to collaborate on a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 classic, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
All proceeds from the single will go to the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze, which has claimed 30 lives so far and injured many more, with the total still climbing.
So far, Cowell has confirmed that Liam Payne, Louisa Johnson, James Arthur, Emeli Sandé, Craig David, Stormzy, Skepta and The Who will all be joining forces for the track on Sunday and more artists are expected to be confirmed. Queen’s Brian May has also revealed that he has recorded a guitar piece for the track, which is set to be released on Wednesday.
Cowell told The Sun that: “until the last note has been finished, [they]will not be off the phone”. He revealed his plans on Thurday evening on Twitter and has said that calls started coming in thick and fast from (mainly Brits) wanting to get involved.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Friday he explained that to not help in his position would be “appalling”. He has revealed that his plan is to try and use the record to “prick a few people’s consciousness [so]other people decide to do something else.”
This announcement comes after a number of stars donated to the fund and a few even headed down to help out at the scene. Among those seen working to support the victims of the tragedy are Adele and Rita Ora.
The fire swept through the 27-storey tower block in just 15 minutes after the explosion of a faulty fridge and is thought to be one of the worst in British history. Current fears are that nobody on the top three floors survived.
If you want to help support the victims, you can donate here.