Christina Aguilera called into Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show to officially premiere her new song “Change” and give us an album update.
Aguilera’s song “Change,” which a source tells BreatheHeavy was recorded for her forthcoming record but was repurposed and mastered in light of recent events, premiered on Apple Music with an accompanying lyric video on YouTube on Thursday night. “Change,” which she co-wrote with Jake Hagood (Who Is Fancy) and Flo Reutter, is Aguilera’s way of honoring the victims lost in the Orlando tragedy and promoting peace.
“In light of the tragedy in Orlando and what happened to Christina Grimmie, who was such an amazing person — also I [was] such a huge fan — I had to rush to get this song out here, to help people try and heal,” Aguilera told Seacrest. “Music is the biggest healer that we have, so it was very important to me that I rush to get this out as a message of hope that I feel like we all need to hear.”
Seacrest asked Aguilera if she feels like we’ve progressed as a society since she was a young girl. “With every backstep that we have, we always have to look to the future and look at the positive and look at the progress that we made and always find the opportunity to change,” she replied. “I think there are still leaps and bounds to go.”
Aguilera mentioned she has been working on her album “for some time now” and promises it will drop “by the end of the year.”
“The whole record is dedicated to my fighters, my fans out there,” she said. “And the whole message that I always have been about is to give the message of hope for everybody out there who needs that message of hope and love.”