Since the Orlando shootings in June, several music stars have come forward to release fundraising singles to support the victims. There have been some accusations that most of these singers are supporting themselves instead of the Orlando victims, while others have been calling those accusations unnecessary. However, the general public may not be convinced at the sincerity of most of the fundraising Orlando singles and is, perhaps, donating in other ways.
It all started with Christina Aguilera’s fundraising hit “Change,” which failed to make Billboard‘s Hot 100 list. Then, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, and others released the song “Hands” with a lot of hype. Billboard describes how Britney and friends came together.
“The all-star release, ‘Hands’ — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani.”
Billboard adds that the idea for the all-star project came together just one day after the Orlando shooting. Tranter and Gomez were writing songs on her tour bus in Miami when the news of the Orlando massacre inspired Tranter to write the song.
There have been some websites, such as Baeble Music, who have praised “Hands.”
“‘Hands’ never feels overbearing or overly cliched. Songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels simply deserve acknowledgement for putting together the monumental feat that is ‘Hands’. To be able to get Mark Ronson to produce a piece that sounds timeless and strays away from a sound that is partial to any one decade or genre is a true accomplishment.”
There were some people on Twitter who complimented Britney Spears and others for the song.
Not only did “Hands” with Britney Spears and Selena Gomez fail to make an impact on iTunes, but it also didn’t make Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week. However, it’s not fair to say that all fundraising songs regarding the Orlando tragedy are being ignored. Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Love Make The World Go Round” has been a huge success since its release Friday morning. After several days, it is still at No. 2 on the iTunes chart. E! Online broke the news about the single Friday morning.
“Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda were given the gift of song, and now they’re giving back to those affected by last month’s Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando. The singer, 46, and the playwright, 36, teamed up for ‘Love Make the World Go Round.’ Miranda wrote the song, which was recorded June 27 at Avatar Studios in New York City and released exclusively on iTunes Friday.”
Unlike Britney Spears and others, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their song on live television. Rolling Stone has the news.
“Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda performed their tribute to the victims and families of the Orlando shooting at the Today show on Monday morning…Families of the slain joined 50 survivors of the tragic shooting at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse to witness the show in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.”
Rolling Stone adds that Lopez stood in the center of the stage as a recording of Miranda’s Tony Awards acceptance speech, which talked about love, played over the speakers. Then, she began singing the track as Manuel walked to the stage through the audience to perform his verse. The audience was very touched.
Why do you think Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and others haven’t been able to release a successful single like Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda has? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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