Christina Aguilera: New album is a ‘rebirth’
Joe Kohen/WireImage Though she is often seen as a blond-haired, blue-eyed white singer, Christina Aguilera is actually Ecuadorian. Another quote that was widely published but does not actually appear in the Billboard story addresses how her music label supposedly told her to shed the weight. “During the promotion of my album ‘Stripped (in 2002), I got tired of being a skinny, white girl,” she is quoted as saying. “I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl. “The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings! Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy pill for them to swallow.” Aguilera, 31, supposedly admitted she’d gained about 15 pounds during the “Stripped” tour, and her label was not happy. “They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight,” she recalled. “Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors.” Suzanne Plunkett/AP Christina Aguilera lost a drastic amount of weight after her label insisted she was jeopardizing her career. What is true, however, is that Aguilera has struggled with public scrutiny over her figure for years. And indeed, as recently as last fall, the talented singer was making more headlines for her weight gain than her musical prowess. Unflattering photos of Aguilera at a Michael Jackson tribute concert prompted Kelly Osbourne to make a few rather disparaging remarks about her figure. “Maybe she is just becoming the fat b—h she was born to be,” Osbourne said of Aguilera during a segment on E!’s Fashion Police. “I don’t know. She was a c–t to me. …(She) called me fat for so many f—king years.
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“I think the goal of the show is to do what we can do for these amazing singers while they’re on the show…I think that we all know that the lightning in a bottle you have to capture in order to be successful in this business is extraordinarily difficult. I’m not sure that that is the overall mission statement of the show.” “American Idol'” producers and judges weren’t shy about wanting to crank out insta-stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Its 11th season winner Phillip Phillips has had huge radio success with songs like `Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Even some finalists who haven’t made a real mark in the music world like Kellie Pickler and Katharine McPhee still have name recognition and have found success in other areas. (Pickler, who is a country singer, won the most recent season of “Dancing with the Stars.” McPhee had a starring role on NBC’s “Smash.”) It should be noted “American Idol” has had its flops as well. Ninth season winner Lee DeWyze’s album “Live it Up” was a major disappointment. He sold just 151,000 copies. By contrast, Javier Colon, who won season one of “The Voice,” sold 46,000 copies of his first post-“Voice” album called “Come Through for You” as of last month. Aguilera says it’s unrealistic to expect someone to turn into an overnight sensation and cites her own career as an example. “It’s not like everything needs to be like boom, boom, boom, then record deal, then No. 1 success. It doesn’t happen like that. It didn’t happen that way for me either. Like, for instance…my experience with `The Mickey Mouse Club’, the alumni from that show, you know, you have huge names Britney (Spears), Justin (Timberlake), Ryan Gosling, you know, all these names come from that show. But, you know, right after the show, did we rocket to success right after it?
Music Christina Aguilera: New album is a ‘rebirth’ Like LYNN ELBER August 28, 2012 9:45 AM LOS ANGELES (AP) Christina Aguilera is comparing her upcoming album to a “rebirth.” With more than a decade in the music business behind her, the album will be a culmination of “everything I’ve experienced up until this point,” the 31-year-old pop star said in a recent interview. “I’ve been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on (‘The Voice’), having had a divorce,” she said. “This is all sort of a free rebirth for me.” Aguilera and Jordan Bratman were married for five years before she filed for divorce in 2010. They have a 4-year-old son, Max. Her new album’s first single, “Your Body,” was produced by Max Martin, who also produced Aguilera’s last hit, the Maroon 5 smash “Moves Like Jagger,” where she was featured. “I’m embracing many different things, but it’s all feel-good,” she said of the album’s material, including tracks that are “superexpressive” and fun, with moments that are “supervulnerable.” The new album, which is without a release date or announced title, will feature fellow “Voice” coach Cee Lo Green and comes two years after Aguilera’s lackluster “Bionic,” which has sold 310,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That album featured electronic and dance-flavored tracks as well as pop ballads; it’s her only album to not reach platinum status. “In the fashion that I always like to put forth, it’s very self-expressive and it’s all heartfelt,” Aguilera said of her new material. FILE – This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows Christina Aguilera performing at the 39th Annual American Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman and a “Voice” coach, told Aguilera at a recent news conference for the show that he’d heard “Your Body” and added, “I hate you because it’s so good.” Aguilera will perform the song on NBC’s “The Voice” on Sept. 17. The show’s third season starts Sept. 10. ___