Disney's 'Moana' Soundtrack Is Here

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The Moana original motion picture soundtrack has been released and features seven original songs and a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa'i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, are behind the film's eclectic soundtrack.

"Moana has a family that she loves, an island that she loves, but there's a voice inside that's calling," said Miranda.

"The idea of quieting life enough so that you can hear that inner voice was something really worth writing about for me because I think it's so important."

Opetaia Foa'i added, "For more than 20 years, I've been touring the world telling stories of our ancestors, who were the best navigators the world has ever seen."

"When I first learned that 'Moana' was about voyaging, I thought 'when you dream upon a star.' Everything really aligned with my purpose of sharing this awesome culture."

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Moana opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

The Moana original motion picture soundtrack features 14 tracks and is available wherever music is sold and streamed on Nov. 18, 2016.

The Moana two-disc deluxe edition and the digital deluxe edition soundtrack, which are also available Nov. 18, feature additional tracks including demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks.

The Songs of Moana

  • Written and performed by Foa'i and Miranda, "We Know the Way" showcases the rich and vibrant voyaging life of Moana's ancestors.
  • "How Far I'll Go" is Moana's song performed by Auli'i Cravalho. "It's intimidating to write an 'I want' song for a Disney animated movie," said Miranda. "You think of Ariel with 'Part of Your World' or 'Reflection' from 'Mulan.' This is Moana's chance to say for herself how she feels and where she belongs."
  • "Where You Are" is written by Miranda, Foa'i and Mancina and performed by Christopher Jackson, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Auli'i Cravalho and Louise Bush. The song introduces the audience to Moana's village and the key players.
  • Written by Miranda and performed by Dwayne Johnson, "You're Welcome" showcases the colorful personality of Maui. "I just thought that it would be really fun to hear The Rock sing 'You're welcome for my existence. You're welcome that you get to meet me,'" said Miranda. "Dwayne has such incredible charm and he totally delivers the character's confidence and cockiness."
  • Jemaine Clement was tapped for "Shiny," a song written by Miranda and Mancina that spotlights Tamatoa, the 50-foot crab with trust issues. Miranda said "Tamatoa is mean and ostentatious, so we really wanted to create the anti-lesson of the movie. If Moana's journey is listening to her inner voice, Tamatoa is there to say, 'It doesn't matter. Who cares? It's really about how you look.' He's from the deepest, darkest part of the sea and feels his armor is important. You got to be shiny."
  • "I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)" was written by Miranda, Mancina and Foa'i and performed by Rachel House and Cravalho. The song marks an important moment in the film when Moana is doubting her decision to take on this huge challenge.
  • With music by Foa'i, Miranda and Mancina, and lyrics by Foa'i and Miranda, "Know Who You Are" is performed by Cravalho, Vai Mahina, Olivia Foa'i, Foa'i and Matthew Ineleo. The song is heard late in the film as Moana's journey nears its culmination.
  • The end credit version of "How Far I'll Go" is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara("Here," "Wild Things," "Scars to Your Beautiful").
  • Hollywood Records artist Jordan Fisher teams up with Miranda for the end-credit version of "You're Welcome."

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