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Hillsborough Disaster Tribute Song Tops UK Christmas Chart

6 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The Justice Collective tribute single “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”

The star-studded Justice Collective tribute song to the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster landed at #1 on the UK Christmas chart.

The cover of The Hollies song “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” went straight to #1 in its first week of release in the UK.

The Justice Collective features an all-star ensemble of some of the greatest singers in the UK, including Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, the Clash’s Mick Jones and Peter Hooton of The Farm.

To date “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” has sold over 269,000 copies, topping last week’s #1 single “Impossible” by X Factor UK winner James Arthur.

Funds raised will be donated to the families of 96 Liverpool soccer fans who were killed during the FA Cup semi-final match between the Nottingham Forest and Liverpool football clubs on April 15, 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. The event was one of the worst sporting disasters in British history.

A new inquest into the disaster was recently issued by the British government after it was revealed that police involved in the incident had smeared supporters to cover up their failures. Inaccuracies in the reports that followed were also blamed on flawed media coverage.

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Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.