Hands (2016 song)

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"Hands"
A female black hand approaches a male white hand with various tattoos on it.
Single by Various artists
Released July 6, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Pop
Length 4:23
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)

"Hands" is a charity single recorded by various artists for the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. It was written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and BloodPop, and produced by the latter and Mark Ronson. All of the song's proceeds benefit the families affected during the shooting, and will help cover medical costs and counseling efforts. The song was conceived by Tranter, the day after the United States' deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman occurred.

Approximately 24 artists assisted in the making of "Hands", which was released as a digital download on July 6, 2016. Interscope Records handled the release, allowing artists to use their studios most convenient to them. In addition to Tranter and Interscope, GLAAD also helped with the single. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

Background[edit]

"Hands" was conceived by Tranter the following day after the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting occurred. In an interview with Billboard, Tranter stated that each musician was "assigned [...] what we thought would be the best part for their voice".[1] Eventually, over two dozen artists assisted in the making of "Hands", which was released as a digital download on July 6, 2016. Interscope Records handled the release, with assistance from GLAAD.[2][3]

Artists involved[edit]

Source: Billboard[1]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Hands" 4:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[5] 30

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide July 6, 2016 Digital download [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilker, Deborah (July 6, 2016). "Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to Life". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Davis, Brendan. "GLAAD and music superstars release single "Hands" to benefit victims and families of Orlando massacre". GLAAD. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Spanos, Brittany (July 6, 2016). "Britney Spears, Selena Gomez in Orlando Tribute Song 'Hands'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "iTunes (U.S.) – Music – Various Artists – Hands – Single". iTunes (U.S.). July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Pop Digital Songs for Various artists. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 

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