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Hey You – The Guardian Review

You can’t blame Madonna for wanting to do her bit to tackle climate change, but it’s unclear how the free download she offered last week will help.

Inspired by the upcoming Live Earth shows, Hey You features Madonna’s vague, but terribly sincere entreaties for us to love ourselves and not give up, backed by weeping strings and soft military drums courtesy of Pharrell Williams. If the million free downloads at have already been snapped up, search for “Madonna hey you” on YouTube to hear the song on various fans’ videos, with their footage of melting icecaps, freakish weather and images of smiling/doomed children. Solutions, though, are conspicuously thin on the ground. Truth is, Madonna could have achieved more by going on Parky and Oprah and suggesting that people don’t leave their mobile phone chargers plugged in between uses.

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