One single is enough for millions of Directioners even it is not entirely a 1D song. The much-awaited One Direction reunion is happening not on the stage but in a song for charity. The four members of 1D have already confirmed their participation in creating a single for the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire recently.
Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have also settled to take part in a powerful lineup of artists who are doing a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. Harry Styles and Niall Horan, on the other hand, are trying to free up their schedule to record their lines in the single.
Apparently, Simon Cowell asked the band members to sing for his charity single. The objective is to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London last week. So far, police have confirmed that 30 people died in the fire, but the number is likely to rise as authorities continue to investigate the tragedy.
Is the One Direction Reunion Finally Happening?
Yes, but not in the true sense of the word. The 1D members could record their respective lines for the song in one place but it seems unlikely at this point. They don’t have much time since the single is already scheduled for release on Monday.
Payne will do his recording in America. The Sun cited a source saying, “If all four [One Direction] came on board, it would be as solo acts as Liam has to record in the US.” Tomlinson could do his part in a UK studio where the other artists involved in the single did theirs. Styles and Horan can record their lines wherever they are at the moment.
Cowell came up with the idea to bring several artists together after watching news of the tragedy while he is in the U.S. for the America’s Got Talent. The music mogul shared on Twitter that he began making calls since Thursday to organize the single.
“Until that last note has been finished, we will not be off the phone. We started 24 hours ago and already we’re getting calls coming in, mainly from Brits. A lot of London artists, people like Skepta, Stormzy, Emeli Sande, The London Community Gospel Choir, all wanted to be involved,” he said.
Cowell also told the publication that he chose Simon & Garfunkel’s classic ballad after going through the lyrics of a several possible covers. Cowell had also produced the charity single Everybody Hurts for the victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. It is unclear if Cowell also called Zayn Malik to join his former bandmates in the charity single.
Other Artists in Simon Cowell Charity Single
Joining the One Direction reunion in the charity single are The Who, Craig David, Paloma Faith, and James Blunt. Other artists who pledged to support the single are Rita Ora, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, and Gareth Malone. Fans will also hear the voices of some contestants and judges from Cowell’s reality singing shows Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice, and The X Factor.
Reports indicate that the three-day recording of the single already started at the West London recording studio. A video of the stars recording the charity single will also be shot and released this week. The single is expected to drop on Monday.