British music stars release song to raise funds for London fire victims

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Some of the biggest names in British music, including Stormzy, Robbie Williams and The Who, released a charity single on Wednesday to raise funds for people affected by the fire at a tower block in west London, reports Reuters.

The song, a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, also features performances from Leona Lewis, James Blunt and a large choir made up of local people, some of whom survived the blaze.

A total of 79 people died in the fire, which swept through the 24-storey Grenfell tower on June 14th. Many people are still unaccounted for and authorities have suggested that the death toll will continue to rise as rescue workers continue to search.

The single is an initiative of pop impresario and TV talent show judge Simon Cowell.

In a departure from the original version of the song, Cowell’s version opens with grime artist Stormzy rapping: “That could have been me up there / waving my white plain tee up there”, a reference to people trapped in the blaze.

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