Xtina No More: Christina Aguilera Promises “Fun” New Album
Before there was Lady Gaga (but after Madonna), there was only one platinum blond pop starlet clad in black leather: Christina Aguilera. The sultry songstress took some time off to marry, have a son and last released the 2008 collection Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits.
In the forthcoming issue of Marie Claire, Aguilera shares the newfound freedom she’s enjoying in the studio, hard at work on her anticipated fourth album, Bionic. The album "is about the future," according to the singer, and she says her son Max inspired her new sound by "motivating me to want to play and have fun."
The ”four octave range” soprano is often credited as the most talented vocalist of her pop contemporaries with her to-the-rafters big voice and penchant for blue-eyed soul. Aguilera noted Bionic would be a departure in that sense, explaining her vocals were softer, something "that maybe I've been afraid to do in the past, to allow myself to go to a place of 'ess singing… I'm more vulnerable and more strong at the same time."
Last fall, producer and collaborator Tricky Stewart talked about the album, calling it "one of her best bodies of work."
"I know that there's a lot of other cool features, like I know that she has Santigold and Flo Rida on there," Tricky told Rap-Up.com. "She's mixing it up again. She's singing R&B again, she's doing pop. She's doing it all, but she's found a way to make it all meet in the middle because she's so many different things."
Though the final track list for her March LP has yet to be released, Aguilera mentioned a couple of other artists she collaborated with in the studio, including trailblazing female artists. "I got a chance to sort of write with Santigold, M.I.A., Ladytron — artists that I really love." MTV.com reports, “other collaborators include Dr. Luke, Bravery frontman Sam Endicott (who worked with Shakira on "She Wolf"), Switch and Goldfrapp.”
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