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A second version of "Rotten to the Core", performed by American recording artist Sofia Carson, was released as single on December 18, 2015 by Walt Disney Records. The decision to release the song was made to promote the computer-animated short-form series Descendants: Wicked World, which Carson's version is the opening theme. The song was included in the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants (2015). There is a video of Sofia singing this in Spanish.

Chart performance

On December 12, 2015, "Rotten to the Core" peaked at number one on the Billboard Kid Digital Songs. The song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Live performances

On August 17, 2015, Carson performed the song at D23 Expo and short a cappella version during a MTV interview, on September 27. On November 26, she performed "Rotten to the Core" at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The song was performed at American Spanish-language show El Gordo y la Flaca on December 9. She also sang a Latin remix at Feliz!, a New Year's Eve special on Univision, on December 31. The version wasn't released in a studio version.

Lyrics

Let's set it off, oh yeah...

Mirror, mirror, in the night, show a girl a little light!

They say I'm trouble
They say I'm bad
They say I'm evil
And that makes a glad

A dirty no-good
Down to the bone
Your worst nightmare
Can't take me home

So I got some mischief
in my blood
Can you blame me?
I never got no love

They think I'm callous (Ugh)
A low life hood (Oh yeah!)
I feel so useless
Misunderstood...

Hey!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world...

I'm rotten to the core!
Rotten to the core!
I'm rotten to the core!
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothin' like the kid next, like the kid next door!
I'm rotten to the (core!)
I'm rotten to the....
Core!

Listen up now
Call me a schemer
Call me a freak
How can you say that?
I'm... I'm just unique

What me, a traitor?
Ain't got your back?
Are we not friends?
Ugh, what's up with that?

So I'm a misfit
So I'm a flirt
I broke your heart?
I made ya hurt?

The past is past
Forgive, forget...
The truth is...
You ain't see nothin' yet.......!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the baddest of them all?
Welcome to my wicked world, wicked world!

I'm rotten to the core!
Rotten to the core!
I'm rotten to the core!
Who could ask for more?
I'm nothin' like the kid next, like the kid next door!...
I'm rotten to the (core!)
I'm rotten to the...
Core!

Ooh ooh ooh ooh...

Original...

Ooh ooh ooh ooh...

Unusual... (Oh, yeah!)

You could say what you want
but we'll always be...
Rotten to the core,
rotten to the core...

Music video

The official music video for the song directed by British directors Naren Wilks and Adam Santelli. It was recorded in July and premiered on Disney Channel in August 23, 2015 after Best Friends Whenever. The video uses a 3D green screen cylinder, an illusionary technique that capturing a kaleidoscope-like effect onscreen. The video begins with Carson dressed as a princess in an explosion of fireworks, when she picks up the mirror of the Evil Queen and recites: "Mirror, mirror in the night, show a girl a little light". A trail of light transports her to a black-and-white scene, where she begins to sing while it multiplies. In another scene, Carson sings to six mirrors, where each reflects her dancing different from the others. In a third scene, she sings alone on a purple background with lights. Various effects for the video and multiply Carson. In the end, she leaves the mirror and recites: "Mirror, mirror, what does our future hold? Show me what happens when our stories unfold".

Sofia Carson - Rotten to the Core (From "Descendants Wicked World")03:39

Sofia Carson - Rotten to the Core (From "Descendants Wicked World")

Behind the scenes

Sofia Carson Making of “Rotten to the Core” Disney Descendants02:31

Sofia Carson Making of “Rotten to the Core” Disney Descendants


v - e - d
Descendants Wicked World Logo
Season 1
"Rotten to the Core" • "Good is the New Bad" • "I'm Your Girl • "Night Is Young"
Season 2
"Rather Be With You" • "Evil" • "Better Together"
Miscellaneous
"Genie in A Bottle"

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