Chart Mondays: Artists For Grenfell - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Artists for Grenfell |

This song is the current number one in the UK, which isn't all that surprising since it is a charity single. Many artists came together to sing this heart-warming song after the tragic news about the Grenfell Tower. The music video for this charity single showcases the devastation caused by the fire that erupted in London at the Grenfell Tower. It also showcases the many artists that came together to record this version of the song. It just shows how much they can all pull together when there's a time of need. The song has charted in many countries around the world. Watch the devastation that was caused by the Grenfell Tower fire, while we see many artists come together in this music video for charity single "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

Artists For Grenfell consists of many artists, all of whom came together for this single. The following artists sang on the song: Stormzy, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Rita Ora, Craig David, Bastille, Liam Payne, Emily Sandé, Kelly Jones, Paloma Faith, Louis Tomlinson, Labrinth, Jorja Smith, WSTRN, Leona Lewis, Jessie J, James Arthur, Roger Daltrey, Ella Eyre, Anne-Marie, Ella Henderson, Louisa Johnson, 5 After Midnight, Angel, Carl Barât, Deno, Donae'o, Dua Lipa, Fleur East, Gareth Malone & The Choir for Grenfell, Geri Halliwell, Gregory Porter, Jessie Ware, John Newman, Jon McClure, London Community Gospel Choir, Matt Goss, Matt Terry, Mr Eazi, Nathan Sykes, Omar, Pixie Lott, Ray BLK, Raye, Shakka, Shane Filan, Tom Grennan, Tony Hadley, and Tulisa. Musicians also recorded parts of the song: Brian May - on guitar, Nile Rogers - on guitar, Tokio Myers - on piano, and Pete Townsend - on guitar. This was a brilliant collaborative effort, and the song shot to the top of the UK charts. There are a few outshining vocals, to me Rita Ora and Ella Eyre shine out above them all, with James Arthur bringing his usual raspy voice. The song was originally sung by Simon & Garfunkel where their "Bridge Over Troubled Water" also hit number one in the UK. The song has been covered by many, my favourite being Hear'Say. The song was written by Paul Simon. All proceeds of this version of the song that Syco Music and Sony Music receive will be donated to the London Community Foundation and distributed by them to those affected by the fire.

The music video is a typical charity single music video, that showcases the Artists For Grenfell in the studio, recording the song; whilst clips of the devastating events after the fire are shown in segments. This is really nothing new and, as usual, the artists are shown in black and white, which doesn't add anything to this music video, apart from contrast.

Stormzy fully encompasses the song at the start, clearly adding something new to this song and making it unique. The sights we watch are completely saddening, and something like this could've happened to any one of us or one of our family members.

Overall, the video captures the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire. I'm not so keen on the studio visuals of the artists as we've seen this sort of thing a thousand times before. As a whole, it totally deserves to be number one, and I'm glad that the public has done their part by buying the charity single to help all these sufferers.
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Little Mix Featuring Stormzy - Power

Power (feat. Stormzy) - Little Mix |

Bringing girl power completely in this music video whilst spreading a universal message with the visual and including Stormzy too; Little Mix is fully bringing it with this one, and they definitely have the power to become the biggest and most successful girl group ever. Proving that girls can be strong; Little Mix spreads a monumental message around the world in this visual. Watch Little Mix bring girl power and female empowerment with each member representing a particular group of people, spreading meaning and equality; with a rap from Stormzy in this music video for "Power".

Little Mix are a four-piece girl group consisting of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. They are still the only group to win The X Factor in the UK; yes, even One Direction only came third in their series. This girl group won on series eight of The X Factor, and they are still going strong six years after their win. This song is their fourth single from their fourth album, which is their first and only UK number one album to date; although, I reckon they've got more number one albums coming in the future. The song adds a rap from Stormzy, updating the original song from the album. Stormzy, real name Michael Omari Owuo Jr., is one of the biggest British grime artists around at the moment, and has gone on to have major success; his debut album reached number one in the UK, with all 16 tracks making it onto the UK Singles Chart. This song was written by Don Omelio, Camille Purcell, James Abrahart, and Michael Omari.

Directed by Hannah Lux Davies, this music video is fierce and sassy, totally allowing the girls to bring female empowerment and girl power in this music video. There is one scene that sees three drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race, who are Courtney Act, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, and Willam. The ending scene sees the girls and their mothers head the march through the street.

There are four main scenes in this visual, with each of the girls having the spotlight in their respective scenes. Perrie is bringing the peace in her hippie style fashion. Jesy is a biker chick, proving that girls can do whatever they want and be whoever they want to be. Leigh-Anne is representing women of colour in the modelling industry. Whilst Jade performs in front of a gay nightclub with three drag queens backing her up; this visual comes almost a year after the awful Orlando shooting.

Then we see Stormzy getting his hair done in a salon, where various women are dancing around him. Surprisingly this is a great way of him showing female empowerment because his style is pretty much in their hands as they do his hair. His rap adds well to the song; although, I do prefer the original.

The ending scene sees women marching up the street. Little Mix are in front, heading the group. They are holding their hands of their mothers; women that they look up to. Overall the video is amazing in every way and really shows off Little Mix perfectly; and, kudos to them including people who may otherwise be misrepresented. This is just perfect.
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Chart Mondays: Stormzy - Big For Your Boots

Big For Your Boots - Stormzy |

Stormzy is in the top ten of the UK chart, again! Can you believe it? We all thought this wouldn't ever happen, a grime artist in the UK top ten singles chart for the second time, but he's here! He grabs my Chart Mondays review today due to Ed Sheeran still being at number one with "Shape of You". This definitely is catchy, and it's no surprise it is in the top ten. Watch Stormzy sing about being too "Big For Your Boots" all the while including controversial issues in this brilliantly crafted music video.

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, has really turned into a defining artist and rapper amongst the grime music genre that has been popular for years in the UK. However, it's very difficult to chart, let alone get a second single in the UK's top ten, which just goes to show how big Stormzy has become. He previously got to number eight in the UK with his song "Shut Up". Now he's peaked at that position again with "Big For Your Boots". This song is his first single from his official debut album. It was written by Michael Omari.

The music video was directed by DAPS. It's mainly a performance piece set within a narrative that is strong nonetheless.

He totally brings it on the visual, we expect nothing less of Stormzy. He can rap in style with so much energy that you just want to see him on stage doing his thing. His music videos always have this energetic vibe about them, that it's no surprise it turns up in this one too.

There are some great profile shots of additional characters, although the scenes aren't fully fleshed out into the narrative. We don't know why he is chilling in the sunroof of a cop car, but he does sing 'Drug money in my shoebox' at that point so maybe they lyrics explains it all.

Either way, this is a killer music video. It's full of energetic vibes and great profile scenes. The first half is way better than the second half, but that is due to camera angles and the settings of each scene rather than anything else. The music video is progressive and totally relatable to the song. It works.
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Chart Mondays: Stormzy - Shut Up

Chart Mondays again, I'm currently in the middle of my Christmas Special. At the moment, Justin Bieber is STILL at number one with "Love Yourself", which only has a promotional video. As for this one, this is a freestyle video, and although technically not a music video, I'm counting this as an official music video. Not only that, but I really do not like Coldplay, and that is my only other option to review in the top 10, so Stormzy is so much better, in my opinion, to review. Stormzy raps perfectly and on point, never missing a single beat, very rehearsed, and faultless!

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, is literally someone I hadn't heard of until today. He's name rang a bell, but I wasn't quite sure where. After searching on Google, I found he featured on a remix of Nick Jonas' "Chains", which was released on iTunes. He seems to be doing well for himself, chart wise, and with those skills, I don't blame the high charting positions! This song was written by Michael Oman as expected, and was used as a bid to claim the Christmas number one in order to rival The X Factor winner's single, which was Louisa Johnson with "Forever Young", instead it charted at number 8, just one place in front of Louisa Johnson's song. This wasn't technically released as a single, more like a b-side on the "WickedSkengMan 4" single.

The video was directed by Jaiden Ramgeet, who is the one behind the camera, we expect, who encourages Stormzy to state his name. Stormzy seems embarrassed at the start of the video, as if he's nervous or not comfortable at all.

He loosens up as soon as he starts to sing, and really gets into spitting those bars. This is totally raw, and fresh, it works well as a music video, performance wise. He clearly means everything he is saying.

What is there left for me to say though? No narrative, but that was to be expected. The camera flits to various people behind him, in reference, occasionally, which piqued the viewers interest ever so slightly, but apart from that, there isn't much more to this video, as a music video. As a freestyle video, however, it is one of the best I've seen.
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