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Listen To Simon Cowell’s Star-Studded Charity Single Benefitting Victims Of The Grenfell Tower Fire

The song features more than 50 artists.

Simon Cowell is hoping that music can once again help a community heal from tragedy by releasing a charity single benefitting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, which occurred just a week ago on June 14. There are 79 people missing or presumed dead and, in an effort to raise money for victims, more than 50 artists came together for this recording.

The song covered is Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and features the likes of James Blunt, Paloma Faith, Geri Halliwell, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams, and many others. The song opens with a rap from Stormzy, which says, "I don't know where to begin / So I'll start by saying I refuse to forget you / I refuse to be silenced / I refuse to neglect you."

It was the former American Idol judge and current America's Got Talent judge who organized the recording of this charity single — and the music producer also donated £100,000 of his own money to victims of the fire. Donations, which can easily be made on the Artists for Grenfell website, will go to The London Community Foundation, which will then help those in the community.

This isn't the only way Londoners have helped out in the wake of this specific tragedy. As the fire was raging on In the early hours of the morning, it was Muslims awake early for Ramadan who may have saved many lives, Londoners who began pouring out donations to help those in need, firefighters who showed bravery in the face of danger — with the help of some furry friends, and Adele even showed up to both a candlelight vigil for victims as well as to thank the firefighters for their work.

It's beautiful that Cowell, the artists who contributed to the song, and really all Londoners in general, have come together, put aside any differences, and responded to the tragic event in such powerful ways.

Listen to the full song here:

You can also purchase the song on iTunes here.

(H/T: BBC, The Sun)

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