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Chart-toppers record charity song to help fire victims

By Grace Rahman

A fresh batch of chart-toppers have arrived at a recording studio in the shadow of Grenfell Tower to add their star quality to a charity single.

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson and Emeli Sande, awarded an MBE this week for services to music, were among those spotted at Sarm music studios for the project.

Organiser Simon Cowell said he hoped the single, a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's hit Bridge Over Troubled Water, will raise millions to help those caught up in Wednesday's blaze.

Johnson said: "The amount of people that have actually agreed to it and gone out of their way to do it is incredible, especially how busy some of these people are.

"I feel honoured to be a part of it so to be here to today is really important."

The singer, whose hit with Clean Bandit, Tears, was in the top five last year, said the charity single was "beautiful".

"Everyone will love it. I'm really hoping that it does well."

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones also pitched up to "sing a few lines".

"All these things that are happening in London at the minute, and Manchester and everywhere, I think the main thing is people are pulling together," he said.

The likes of Rita Ora, Leona Lewis and Britain's Got Talent 2017 winner Tokio Myers are among those to have taken part.

Singer and actress Pixie Lott, known for hits including Mama Do and Cry Me Out, said: "It's so important. It's an honour to be involved and to come down and record today.

"Anything that we can do to help, we should."

Pitch Battle chorister Gareth Malone said he had put together an ensemble of 300 people, made up of local choirs and people.

He said: "Singing absolutely cannot fix anything, a record cannot fix anything, but we might be able to raise some money, we might be able to touch a few hearts."

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