Shaun's Music Minute 6-22-17

“Bridge Over Troubled Waters” Charity Single For Grenfill Tower Victims Released              

Simon Cowell released a star-studded charity single yesterday, aimed at raising money for the victims of the Grenfill Tower disaster in London, which killed 79 people. 

The song is a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and opens with a rap by Grime star Stormzy, and features singing contributions from such stars as One Direction’s Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Robbie Williams, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry, Queen’s Brian May, Nile Rodgers and many others. 

All in all, 50 artists took part in the recording of the song, with proceeds from its sale going to the London Community Foundation. In addition, if folks want to donate money to help the victims, they can do so here. Check out a clip of the song to the right.

ONE MORE THING! As you can imagine music fans quickly ran to iTunes to purchase the song and help out the victims. The song immediately shot up to number one on iTunes in the UK.

Ed Sheeran’s Rider Proves He’s No Diva              

Ed Sheeran is headlining Glastonbury this weekend and it seems he doesn’t need much to be happy before a performance. The singer’s rider for the huge festival leaked online and it sure looks like he’s pretty low maintenance. 

While a recent leaked tour rider from Justin Bieber demanded video games, a washing machine, massage tables and more, it seems Ed just needs a few beverages before his show.

In his rider, Ed asks for a bottle of Robinsons Squash, which is a fruit drink, six-packs of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, and Sprite, and a jar of Manuka Honey, which is his most expensive request at about $18. 

Katy Perry Tops This Week’s Artist 100              

Katy Perry is this week’s artist of the week, according to “Billboard.” The singer tops the magazine’s Artist 100 chart, which measures artist activity across “Billboard’s” most influential charts.

This is Katy’s first week ever on top the Artist 100, jumping from 44 to the top spot. It took her 149 weeks to land at number one, passing the previous longest ascent, held by Bruno Mars, who took 114 weeks to get there. 

This is also the second week in a row that a female has topped the Artist 100, following Halsey’s reign last week, making it  the first time female artists have been at number one on consecutive weeks since Taylor Swift and Megan Trainor did it back in 2015 

Elsewhere on the chart, Ed Sheeran lands at number two this week, followed by Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber.

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