I Love: Christina Aguilera

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Following the recent release of that utterly gorgeous photoshoot for Paper Magazine, I was re-united with my love for Christina Aguilera. Whilst eagerly anticipating her inevitable come-back, I realised that people only tend to write about something they love when it's new and current, and barely anyone reminicises on the good ol' days. 

This inspired me to start a new series on my blog titled 'I Love'. This series will do exactly what it says on the tin and simply celebrate the artists I love and why I love them, starting with Miss Aguilera.

Like Britney and Justin, Christina Aguilera was a Disney kid and was pretty much destined for stardom from a young age. Although she burst onto the scene with Genie In A Bottle back in 1999, it wasn't really until the release of fourth studio album Stripped in 2003, where I really become a true Aguilera fan. So much so that my email address was literally aguilerafan100percent@hotmail.com. I wish I was joking.

Stripped is still one of my all-time favourite albums. It's consistency and availability to still remain current 15 years later is a true telling of it's legacy. This album gave us hits like Dirrrty, Fighter, The Voice Within and the truly iconic feminist anthem, Can't Hold Us Down (below). 

As well as the singles, the album boasted some huge songs including painfully personal stories. I'm OK spoke of her abusive father which she followed up with the beautiful Oh Mother on 2006 album Back To Basics (which also included the absolute banger that is Candyman. That video though. Damn). Christina's vulnerability and confidence is what drew me to her music and herself as a person. She was not afraid to talk of topics that were often unheard of, and who could ever fault that voice?!

As well as her own huge hits, Christina has a string of huge collaborations under a belt with the likes of Nelly (Tilt Ya Head Back is a massive bop), Maroon 5 (Moves Like Jagger), Pitbull (Feel This Moment), A Great Big World (Say Something), P Diddy (Tell Me), and of course the iconic Lady Marmalade with Pink, Mya, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott. As well as these releases, Christina has performed live duets with some of the biggest artists in the world including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and who can forget that 2003 VMA performance with Madonna and Britney Spears.

© Kevin Mazur via Billboard
But unfortunately not everyone stayed on board the X-Tina train when her later albums Bionic and Lotus barely scraped a million sales, unlike her debut self-titled which reached 8x Platinum. Despite things being quiet on the music front, Christina was sure to keep herself firmly in the industry becoming a coach on The Voice (which is a lot more successful in the US than it is over here), and then getting a huge role on the 2010 movie Burlesque.

Burlesque see's Christina alongside the legendary Cher, in the all-singing all-dancing extravaganza. The modern day musical follows Christina's character Ali follow her dreams of performing. It sounds cheesy, but it's actually bloody great with a soundtrack to die for.

The one and only time I got to see Christina live was at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2011, where she tore the roof of (an embarrassingly somewhat empty) Cardiff Stadium covering the iconic Dirty Diana. Since then I have been dying for her to announce a UK tour but unfortunately here I am, still waiting...

However I don't think I will have to wait that much longer, as Christina is appearing all over the place recently, feeding the rumours that she's about to embark on a huge comeback. Just this week she appeared on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke (above) where she looked absolutely stunning and reminded us just how powerful her vocals are. A true babe.

What's your favourite Christina Aguilera song? Let me know in the comments!
Image Source: Zoey Grossman for Paper Magazine

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