UPDATE: The new song is available on Apple Music and the official lyric video has been uploaded to YouTube.
Aguilera posted a statement on her official website:
The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.
We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.
Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.
Sending all my love, thoughts and prayers,
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 17, 2016
Christina Aguilera is demanding change.
News broke Thursday afternoon Aguilera will release a new song titled "Change" Friday morning on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, around 7:25 a.m. PST to be exact, and it's dedicated to the victims lost in the Orlando tragedy.
Aguilera gave fans a heads up on Twitter last Sunday when she Tweeted: "My prayers are with everyone affected by last night’s senseless tragedy. We can’t tolerate hate. Don’t lose hope, we can #change the future."
My prayers are with everyone affected by last night’s senseless tragedy. We can’t tolerate hate. Don’t lose hope, we can #change the future.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 12, 2016
A source tells BreatheHeavy the song was being considered for the new album, but in light of recent events the demo was very recently mastered specifically for this.
Seacrest confirmed the news on air, saying she has "a very special song she just had to get out."
While it isn't the comeback single we had hoped for, it is a beacon of light shimming through a very dark time.