Pop culture continues to reflect on the pain recent atrocities have caused.
Ariana Grande is the latest in a string of entertainers to release a song summarising their feelings toward 2016s descent into police brutality and terrorism.
Better Days is a laidback, reflective R&B tune with a soft finger-click beat and a careful, understated vocal performance from Monet and Grande.
Monet is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter who has written with Grande before and will serve as one of the opening acts for Fifth Harmony's upcoming 7/27 tour.
Monet left the following message from her and Ariana on her Soundcloud page:
I'm heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice. Im also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you're witnessing on your screens!This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind...So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!
“Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light.”
To all of the lives taken pointlessly, we will not let you be forgotten. You have sparked change in this world with your angel wings. Rest In Peace.
Stay strong and know that better days are coming…
love, Victoria + Ariana
Recorded and mixed by @ZachNichollsmix
Artwork by @Amberthepark