Christina Aguilera Releases New “Mulan” Single, “Loyal Brave True,” for the Film’s Soundtrack

Christina Aguilera is back with new Mulan music…

22 years after the release of “Reflection” from Disney‘s 1998 Mulan soundtrack, the 39-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer and former Disney star has returned to the franchise with “Loyal Brave True” — the new single for the upcoming live-action remake.

Christina Aguilera

The song is filled with the undeniable warrior spirit people have come to love Mulan for, but also updates the lead character’s story for the 21st century.

“Should I ask myself in the water what a warrior would do? / Tell me underneath my armor, am I loyal, brave, and true?” Aguilera sings on the chorus. The star’s powerful vocals take full charge as the production fuses orchestral melodies with classic Chinese instruments like the guzheng.

“The film Mulanand the song ‘Reflection’ coincided with getting me my first record deal,” Aguilera explained in a press release. “It’s amazing to come back to such an incredible movie that’s full of power and meaning, and that meaning holds the test of time: staying true to yourself, being who you are, and teaching how to be fearless. My new song, ‘Loyal Brave True,’ represents the fine balance between vulnerability and strength.”

The singer also tweeted the original movie “has been such a special part of my life & this is a beautiful continuation of the legacy.”

Along with “Loyal Brave True,” Aguilera also revealed she recorded an updated 2020 version of “Reflection.” While the original song didn’t crack any major charts (it peaked at No. 19 on Billboard‘s US Adult Contemporary chart), it has become a fan favorite. Aguilera previously performed it at Disney‘s D23 Expo last fall, where she was honored as a Disney legend. Most people believe that a straight iron is only used when you want to rock smooth, straight, and sleek strands. However, this is not true and you can use a straight iron for curling your hair.

The Mulan soundtrack will be released on March 25, with the remake (starring Liu Yifeias the titular character) set to release on March 27.

Ortega to Direct the Disney Channel’s Live-Action Original Movie “Descendants”

Kenny Ortega will be bringing some evil descendants to life…

The 63-year-old Latino producer, director and choreographer, best known for directing the High School Musical trilogy, will be returning to the Disney Channel to helm the network’s Descendants.

Kenny Ortega

The network’s first live-action original movie tapping into Disney’s vault of classic fairytale characters, the contemporary adventure-comedy centers on the offspring of some of Disney’s most evil villains, introducing a modern generation of teenagers who question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

“We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves,” said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. “The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

Descendants

Written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, Descendants is set in a present-dayidyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma: Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Casting is currently underway, overseen by High School Musical casting directors Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, with production slated to begin in the spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel.