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Simon Cowell's moving charity single in tribute to the London tower block fire has just been released

It features Robbie Williams, Rita Ora and James Blunt among others.

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LAST FRIDAY, ONE day after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, Simon Cowell pledged to round up recording artists to do whatever they can to help the victims and their families.

It was in response to the terrible pictures coming through on the news:

Over the weekend, he set up the ‘Artists For Grenfell’ group

It had a simple aim – to record a charity single to help people most in need - according to its website:

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, the record industry came together to record a single for the victims of the disaster. Over 50 artists gave their time and support to make this happen. The song is ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

Recording began on Saturday, and over three days 50 artists came together to contribute to the single – which was released at 8am today on iTunes and Spotify, after premiering on UK radio stations.

All sales and donations made will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.

Here’s the track in full

Source: AFGVEVO/YouTube

And a breakdown of who sings each line

The full list of artists includes:

  • Bastille
  • Brian May – Queen
  • Carl Barât – The Libertines
  • Craig David
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Geri Halliwell
  • James Blunt
  • Jessie J
  • Leona Lewis
  • Liam Payne
  • Louis Tomlinson
  • Pixie Lott
  • Robbie Williams
  • Rita Ora
  • Stormzy
  • Shane Filan

The video premieres in the UK tonight

And people have already been moved by it

Well played to everyone involved, coming together on such short notice – and producing a poignant cover version

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