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Ariana Grande releases Over the Rainbow as single to benefit Manchester victims

Grande was overcome with emotion and had to pause during the song.
India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi June 07, 2017 15:57 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Following the recent suspected terror attack at her concert in a London stadium, American singer Ariana Grande said that she was "broken". Now, the singer has released Over the rainbow as a single to benefit victims of the Manchester attack. The track is now available on multiple streaming services with all proceeds going to charity, fresh repoprts suggest. At least 19 persons were killed and 59 injured in the blast.

The 23-year-old sang late musician Israel Kamakawiwole's classic single in front of 50,000 people at Old Trafford to end the One Love Manchester concert, which was organised to raise funds for the victims of last month's terror attack in which 22 people were killed.Grande was overcome with emotion and had to pause during the song, which she dedicated to the people who died after a suicide bomber targeted her concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22.Around 10 million pounds has been raised so far following the concert.

Police were called to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at about 10.35 p.m. (local time) following the pop concert, the BBC reported.Sources said that while the cause of the blast in unknown, the North West Counter Terrorism unit was treating it as a possible terrorist incident.There was a second suspect device near where the first explosion occurred. Reporters were moved away from the scene and a controlled explosion has taken place.

Train service was suspended at Manchester's Victoria Station, which is next door to the stadium, and all transport lines were reportedly cut by the authorities after the incident.Although the explosions sparked screaming and panic among the concert crowd, a spokesman for the singer said she was not hurt. Manchester Arena, formerly known as the MEN Arena, is the biggest indoor venue in the city with a capacity of around 18,000 for concerts.

(With IANS Inputs)