Beyoncé's First New Music Since Giving Birth Has a Bigger Purpose
Just when you thought she couldn't reach new career highs, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter goes and swings for the fences once more. This time around, Beyoncé performed on a remix of J. Balvin's "Mi Gente" and is donating the proceeds to relief efforts for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Of course, the internet flipped out twice when they heard the news — once for the new music, the next for the backstory on the song — and Queen Bey officially joined a slew of celebrities using their platform to support the direly in-need nation of Puerto Rico.
On Thursday, word began spreading like wildfire across the Internet that some of Beyoncé's first new music since giving birth to her twins, Sir and Rumi, was available to stream. That song, "Mi Gente," saw Beyoncé not only slaying flawlessly but also singing in Spanish (Spanish!). It was, quite literally, music to many a Beyhive fan's ears.
And if you think the internet didn't react accordingly, you've got another think coming. Fans took to the new music (for Beyoncé, at least) like moths to the flame and tweeted out their happy reactions accordingly.
What's crucial to know about Beyoncé and J. Balvin's "Mi Gente" remix is that the artists are donating the money made from the purchase of this song towards relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Bey confirmed the charitable intentions behind "Mi Gente" on Instagram, writing, "I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to Beyonce.com/reliefefforts."
If you follow the link, you'll see the singer has written that "we’re heartbroken by the hurricanes and earthquakes that have devastated families around the world," and she goes on to name the many ways citizens can help. "We’ve listed a few organizations that are on the ground from Mexico to the Caribbean, lending a hand to those who need it most," she writes. On the site are dozens of charitable relief groups through which fans can send help to Puerto Rico and the recently devastated cities of Mexico City and Houston.
Beyoncé is only the latest celebrity to speak up for the citizens of Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Colbert and Pitbull have been vocal about their support for the relief of Puerto Rico and the people who need aid desperately.
Adding to this happy occasion of new music and charitable giving is the news that Beyoncé will also be performing for the first time since giving birth and, yes, it's for a charitable cause. She will make her return to the stage for the Oct. 17 relief concert for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims.