Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Pink and more pop stars teamed up for a moving musical tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives and the 53 injured in the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The all-star ensemble released “Hands,” a song cowritten and coproduced by Justin Tranter, on Wednesday, July 6. The brains behind recent smashes such as Gomez’s “Hands to Myself” and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” spoke with Billboard about his inspiration for the track.
“Like the rest of the world, I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared,” the 36-year-old LGBT advocate told the outlet. So he reached out to his famous friends to see if they would take part in his project, which will benefit the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
In addition to Spears, Lopez, Gomez and Pink, 20 other famous singers lent their voices to the song. Participating acts also include Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Halsey, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, Ty Herndon, MNEK, Jussie Smollet, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.