Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande are collaborating on a new single, ‘Stuck With U’, set for release on 8 May. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officers and firefighters serving at the front lines during the global pandemic.
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Here is the announcement. Very excited because we have finally done it. I’m releasing a new song #StuckwithU with my friend @ArianaGrande next Friday on May 8th Working with our family at @sb_projects and universal music group proceeds from the sales and streams of #StuckwithU will fund grants and scholarships for children of first responders who have been impacted by COVID-19 in partnership with the First Responders Children’s Foundation @1strcf Check back later today for the instrumental so you can be a part of this
Both artists announced the single today on their respective social accounts, sharing hand-drawn cover art from cartoonist and illustrator Liana Finck.
This pairing isn’t the first for the two pop stars. Grande opened for several dates on Bieber’s 2013 “Believe Tour”, and surprised fans during a show in Los Angeles two years later, joining Bieber onstage for a performance of ‘As Long As You Love Me’. Grande also appeared on a remix of Bieber’s 2015 hit, ‘What Do You Mean’.
Last summer, during the second weekend of Coachella, the ‘Intentions’ artist made a surprise appearance during Grande’s headlining set. It was Bieber’s first on-stage performance in several years. The two stars performed a duet of his smash hit, ‘Sorry’, while Bieber also teased his comeback album, Changes.
That appearance was a turning point for Bieber, who had been on a hiatus from music. In a February interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, he shared that seeing, “How people reacted when I went on the stage…just kind of reminded me, ‘Oh, this is what I do. This is what I’m good at’”.
Both artists have been staying busy during the quarantine. Aside from teasing a new single, Grande has taken part in several virtual performances, including a Disney family singalong special, where she joined the likes of Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé to support Feeding America.
Bieber, who postponed his 45-date Changes tour in light of the pandemic, recently joined 25 Canadian artists who – under the group name ArtistsCAN – have recorded a cover of soul legend Bill Withers’ seminal song ‘Lean On Me’. The single, which features Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, and many others, is available now to purchase or stream, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Red Cross.
Grande and Bieber are also both taking part in the All-In Challenge. Initiated by Philadelphia 76ers’ co-owner Michael Rubin, the initiative challenges actors, singers, directors and sports stars to auction off possessions and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, all to help feed underserved communities amid the COVID-19 crisis. Bieber will travel to one lucky winner’s home, where he will perform ‘One Less Lonely Girl’. Grande, meanwhile, has offered up a dinner date and studio hang.
‘Stuck With U’ is available 8 May. Preorder it here.