Christina Aguilera & Who Is Fancy Explain Their “Change” Lyrics

Mike Wass | June 21, 2016 6:27 pm
Pop Perspective: Christina Aguilera's "Change"
Our editors rate and review Christina Aguilera's new single "Change."

Christina Aguilera reciprocated the love and support she has received from the LGBT community for the best part of two decades on Friday (June 18) by dropping “Change” — a charity single that raises money for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Xtina has already spoken about the motivation behind the release (“to help people try and heal”), but she went into significantly more detail by annotating the song’s Genius entry.

“With every tragedy and every event that sets us back, people can become jaded, but it also creates action and it also allows us to look to the future and move forward in love and in hope and that’s the main message of this song,” Xtina wrote. “These lyrics speak to the victims and also so many that came before them—the trailblazers throughout time that stood up to adversity to stand for what was right.”

Co-writer Who is Fancy revealed that he started writing the song in 2015 after a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey in St. Louis. “I was just having a lot of conversation about race and minorities and how something needed to be done,” he wrote on the site. “It just felt like so much injustice. At that time, the bill allowing gay marriage had also not passed. So the song was just a reflection on what was needed by so many — change.”

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