Belfast Telegraph

Monday 2 March 2015

Barlow and Tulisa make charity song

Gary Barlow is doing his bit for Children In Need
Gary Barlow is doing his bit for Children In Need

Gary Barlow has teamed up with his fellow X Factor judge Tulisa, along with the cream of young rap acts, for the next Children In Need single.

The Take That star is giving the annual charity track a "credible makeover" by recruiting stars such as Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and number one act Wretch 32.

They recorded a new version of the Massive Attack hit Teardrop earlier this week which will be released just days before the live TV broadcast on November 18.

The fundraising single often has a comedy or novelty element but Gary decided he wanted to attract a range of popular young acts, drawn mainly from the grime scene.

The original version of Teardrop - which featured the voice of Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser - has been sampled and the lyrics have been adapted by Wretch 32 among others.

Acclaimed producer Labrinth - who was behind Tinie Tempah's Brit-winning single Pass Out - has worked on the track.

Also featuring on the track are Ed Sheeran and Rizzle Kicks.

Gary told The Sun: "Children In Need has a history of doing upbeat singles with comedians but it's a serious charity doing a lot of hard work for serious causes."

Labrinth, who is performing at the Arthur's Day celebrations in Ireland next month, said: "It's not a your usual cheesy or comical Children In Need record. It's a bit more meaningful. Gary wanted it to be more urban, which is why he came to me, and I've worked with most of the artists."

The name of the group - who recorded the single and video at London's Metropolis Studios - is still to be chosen. All profits will go to Children in Need.

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