Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét have teamed up on a new single in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Entitled “Better Days”, the song reacts to this past week’s killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the five police officers gunned down in Dallas.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Monét reflected on the impetus to write the song with an uncredited quotation: “Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us. We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light.” In a separate post, Grande added: “Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace.”
Listen to “Better Days” below and download the track for free here.