UPDATE: Watch the lyric video.
UPDATE // JULY 12: Check out the lyric video:
EARLIER // JULY 5:
Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and many more are featured on a new song titled “Hands” to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
Britney opens the song, singing: “Can hold a gun or a hold a heart.” RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying “take my hand baby.”
The charity single was guided by songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” along with recent hits from Selena Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani. He’s also collaborating on Britney’s new album.
“Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared,” says Tranter. “We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice,” Tranter says, “and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals. In Los Angeles “Interscope let us use their studio,” he notes. “Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.”
“Hands” arrives tonight on iTunes. Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD, reports Billboard.
Julia Michaels and Blood Pop are also co-writers.
“Got to write this with two of my favorite people @tranterjustin and @bloodpop and all the proceeds go to the victims in Orlando,” Michaels wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @thebenjaminrice for working night and day on this and also big thanks to @runbluebirdrun @ryanpress215 @warnerchappell @bayschuck @interscope @glaad for helping us get this out for the world to hear. And OF COURSE thank you to all the incredible artists @britneyspears @gwenstefani @meghan_trainor @troyesivan @selenagomez @spaceykacey @therealmaryjblige @jasonderulo @jlo @imaginedragons @rupaulofficial @adamlambert @marylambertsing @pink @mnek @natereuss @tylerinacoma @iamhalsey @iammarkronson @thealexnewell @transchorusla for putting your hearts and your voices all over this song. So much love to everyone involved iTunes: