Artists For Grenfell charity single debuts at number one

Posted June 26, 2017

An all-star charity project assembled and recorded in response to the tragic Grenfell Tower inferno has opened at #1 on the U.K's singles chart after notching the strongest opening day sales for any track this decade.

A cover of the Smon & Garkfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" features more than 50 artists including Robbie Williams, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Emeli Sande, Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley and members of One Direction and was set in motion after fire gutted the Grenfell Tower, a 24-story public housing block in London.

The single has also been declared the second fastest-selling single of the year.

The song is second only to Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You, which notched up 227,000 copies in its first week of release in January.

This feat is particluarly impressive when you consider that the Rita Ora, Louisa Johnson and Liam Payne assisted track was only made available to purchase at 8am on Wednesday.

Stormzy, Nile Rodgers, Craig David and a host of other big names have released a single to raise money for the survivors of last week's Grenfell Tower blaze in London.

He said afterwards: "I said it has got to have local people involved, voices on the record".

The single has also claimed the 10-year record for sales on an opening day with 120,000 units sold.

The benefit single, which features a myriad of big-name artists, seizes the throne from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's "Despacito (featuring Justin Bieber)", which slips to #2 after six consecutive weeks on top.

Tomlinson's One Direction bandmate Liam Payne's Strip That Down, and French Montana's Unforgettable round out the new top five, while Royal Blood rocketed to the top of the United Kingdom album chart with their new release How Did We Get So Dark?