Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda team for Orlando tribute song
Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda have released “Love Make the World Go Round,” a collaborative track penned to benefit victims of the Orlando mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last month.
Miranda lends his famous rhymes to the single’s tightly-coiled stanzas, while Lopez unleashes her honeyed vocals for its tropical-inflected hook. “We’re not staying inside today, they’re not taking our pride away,” she sings.
Miranda has been teasing the tune since Monday, when he shared a behind-the-scenes clip of him and Lopez recording the song. All of its proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando, an organization that will provide “long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual,” as well as case management and crisis intervention, according to its website.
Lopez previously teamed with Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears for another Orlando charity track, “Hands.” A subtler cut than “Love Make the World Go Round,” the acoustic-laced pop ballad features vocal contributions from a star-studded roster. Pink, Mary J. Blige, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, and Selena Gomez are among the A-listers that contributed.
“Love Makes the World Go Round” hits just before Miranda’s final performance with Hamilton, the acclaimed musical he wrote and starred in. The Broadway smash brought home 11 Tony Awards last month, including Best Musical. He departs the show on Saturday, going on to work on the Hamilton mixtape, the Hamilton PBS documentary, the Emily Blunt-led Mary Poppins sequel, and Disney’s animated project Moana, for which he composed music.