An all-star animated environmental music video featuring the voices of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande has gone viral on social media.
The song ‘Earth’, by comedian and rapper Lil Dicky, also has cameos from Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, and Miley Cyrus. Other artists who feature on the song include, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, SIA, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, Tory Lanez, John Legend, Backstreet Boys and Bad Bunny.
According to BBC, Dicky aka David Burd who is popular for the song ‘Freaky Friday’ featuring Chris Brown said: “What started as a silly joke of an idea along the way became the most important thing I’ll ever do.”
A share of proceeds will go to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Actor DiCaprio, who campaigns on environmental issues, also makes an animated appearance towards the end of the seven-minute long video.
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Thank you to @lildickygram and all the artists that came together to make “Earth” happen. Net profits from the song, video, and merchandise will go to many @leonardodicapriofdn partners on the frontlines of implementing solutions to climate change. Link in bio to watch. #WeLoveTheEarth —- The @leonardodicapriofdn partners that will benefit from this collaboration include: @sharkconservationfund, @100isNow, @globalgreengrants, the Quick Response Fund for Nature, and the Carbon Cycle Institute.
In the song, Burd and his celebrity friends including Halsey, Snoop Dogg, and Rita Ora urge people to fight against climate change.
Hey, I’m a zebra / No one knows what I do, but I look pretty cool / Am I white or black? sings Ariana while Ed Sheeran, voicing an animated marsupial, adds: I’m a koala and I sleep all the time / So what? It’s cute / How did you wrangle all of these superstars to be on the song?
After landing over 20 celebrities for this project, Burd admits he did have an issue trying to land one famous voice, belonging to rapper and producer Kanye West.
“I’m friendly with Kanye, I used to play basketball with him,” he said. But I left myself like three days to get Kanye on the phone and couldn’t get in touch with him. He was pretty unreachable; he changed his email and his cell phone. So I reached out to Kevin Hart and asked, “Would you play Kanye?” and he said ‘yes’.”
‘Earth’ has had more than 27 million views on YouTube since going live early on Friday three days before Earth day which was commemorated on Monday, 22nd of April.