An emotional charity single featuring some of the world’s biggest pop stars has been unveiled in a tribute to the victims of last month’s horrifying Orlando Pulse shooting.
Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Pink, Adam Lambert, Troye Sivan, Mary J. Bilge, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani are among the stars who feature on new single Hands, which was written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels and produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson and Justin Tranter.
Proceeds raised from sales of the poignant track, released in conjunction with Interscope Records, will be donated to the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
Also featuring on the record are MNEK, Tyler Glenn, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, Meghan Trainor, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Mary Lambert, Alex Newell, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Jussie Smollett, as well as the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
“When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here,” says GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, “and that’s important because we have to be able to identify what’s driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful.”
“The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could,” said Justin Tranter in a press release, adding that he wanted it to sound classic and timeless. “Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”
The 12 June shootings left 49 dead, making it the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in US history.