Why Artists Like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Agreed To Sing On Lil Dicky’s Song ‘Earth’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Happy Earth Day! Dave Burd, higher generally known as Lil Dicky, might have launched his charity single “Earth” in April of 2019, however the message within the track remains to be related today. Here’s how Burd obtained greater than 30 pop-charting musical artists to assist increase consciousness in regards to the atmosphere. 

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All of the artists who helped make ‘Earth’ doable 

Burd’s imaginative and prescient was to have every artist symbolize an animal, organism — or in Kevin Hart’s case, a human being — that lives on Earth. Justin Bieber belts out a lyric about being a baboon; Ariana Grande performs the function of a zebra; Ed Sheeran is a lazy koala bear. Even the Backstreet Boys are featured because the credit roll.

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Other music artists that lend their vocal expertise to “Earth” embody: Halsey, Zac Brown, Brendon Urie, Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil Jon, Rita Ora, Miguel, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Meghan Trainor, Tory Lanez, John Legend, PSY, Bad Bunny, and Kris Wu. 

Burd didn’t cease with musical expertise. He additionally included Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid within the track, in addition to actor, producer, and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.

“You start with your friends and people you have relationships with,” Burd advised Rolling Stone, explaining how he obtained this many artists to collaborate on the one. “It’s not that hard to say, ‘I need you on this song. It’s all for a good cause.’ I explained the premise and got a good solid five. Once you have five people, it’s easier to go to somebody you are less friendly with and be like, ‘Hey, would you want to get on this song with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Charlie Puth where everyone is playing a different animal?’ The pitch wasn’t that difficult.”

Name-dropping and the truth that the components he wished others to sing had been quick (about one line per artist) helped Burd purchase that lengthy record of expertise. 

Lil Dicky joined forces with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 

In creating “Earth,” Burd was impressed by the environmental disaster — one thing he wasn’t well-versed in till he began engaged on the track. “It’s all about saving the Earth,” Burd advised Ellen Degeneres. 

Burd’s analysis gave him perception into the world of local weather scientists, who’ve been encouraging people to vary the methods they work together with the atmosphere for years. “When I started making this song, I didn’t really know the details,” Burd defined. “We have 12 years to completely change the way we do so many things on Earth or the damage is irreversible.” 

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Burd partnered with DiCaprio’s basis, donating all proceeds from the sale of the track. “[Leonardo’s] going to consult with me — his foundation [is] going to explain where they think the money is best-served because they’re in this philanthropic space.” Burd referenced a go to to DiCaprio’s house whereby they discussed earthly issues: “One thing I can tell you is that guy cares so much about the planet.”

Lil Dicky continues to work with celebrities 

Burd has a comedy sequence on FXX referred to as Dave. The present highlights the hilariously mundane facets of his life lengthy earlier than he gained notoriety as a rapper. 

In a latest episode “PIBE,” Burd is invited to a celebration at Bieber’s house. There, he brushes elbows with Hollywood stars, together with Kourtney Kardashian. Hart and Scooter Braun are producers on the sequence. With their assist, Burd was capable of increase his superstar contacts and join with folks like Kardashian to carry his present to the subsequent stage — very similar to he did with “Earth.”  

When “Earth” was launched just a little over a yr in the past, it obtained greater than 3.5 million views inside a couple of hours, based on Vox. Here’s to a different 3.5 million on Earth Day 2020.

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