Ariana gives a shoutout to the sisterhood
■ TRACK OF THE WEEK J Balvin, Willy Williams and Beyoncé – Mi Gente If your life is lacking a Spanishlanguage banger post-Despacito, Beyoncé has got you covered. She features on this surprise remix, first singing in Spanish, then in English. And below the banging reggaeton bassline, there’s a meaningful message: as Beyoncé sings “Lift up your people/From Texas, Puerto Rico/Dem’ islands to Mexico”, we’re reminded that she’s donating all proceeds to hurricane-relief organisations.
■ Hero of the week is Ariana Grande, who told the Coveteur that she wants her fans to support each other. “I think the most important thing is to have each other’s backs. When you see something or hear something that’s upsetting, or someone says something that’s upsetting, even if it’s not to you, just say something and be there and support each other. It’s a scary thing. It’s a hectic thing. It’s a very real problem.” She went on: “Misogyny is ever-present, and we have to be there to support one another. That’s really it. It’s about the sisterhood. There’s no competing in that. We have to lift each other up, not try and claw each other down.”
■ Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern that she’s thankful her mom pushed her as a child. “I wouldn’t be here if she didn’t take me to every f**king singing lesson, dance lesson. And actually, there was a time where I would’ve just gotten in so much trouble if I’d ever listened to my dad. My dad would’ve been happy for me to stay on the farm my whole life and, you know, be home-schooled, and never make friends.”
■ Zero of the week is being the biggest star of the world, Pink told the New York Times. She explained that she’s in it for the long haul. “I’ve never won the popularity contest. I was never as big as Britney or Christina. If you look at any paragraph about pop music, I don’t get mentioned – my name doesn’t come up. And yet, here I go again, right under the wave, duck-diving.”