Christina Aguilera is ready for people to fully embrace her new music.
The 37-year-old “Like I Do” singer joined Zane Lowe for an intimate conversation on Beats 1 on Apple Music on Thursday, where they discussed Aguilera’s new music, how her kids influence her sound and how she’s channeling her “Stripped” days.
“Whenever I was in that mode of creating ‘Stripped’, I was like, ‘God, I have to get back to a place where I’m making music that I fully believe in and get the duct tape off my mouth.’ It was a lot,” Aguilera expressed after Lowe called the singer’s new music a “wiser version” of the 2002 album. “It was a time in music, too, [where it] was extremely pop driven and very puppeteering with what was behind-the-scenes, and what the label felt would sell in a package deal. And once again I found myself in a place where [I think], ‘God, all these rules.’ I’m just not living up to my full potential.”
Aguilera will be releasing “Liberation”, her seventh studio album, on June 15. Fans have already listened to “Accelerate,” “Twice” and her duet with Demi Lovato, “Fall in Line.” On Friday, she released the flirty track “Like I Do,” featuring GoldLink.
“These songs so make sense and are so relevant now,” the Grammy winner stressed. “I was doing it back then and I’m glad that I stuck to my guns. I really truly just came out with things that I believed in, even if it was against the grain, and even if people were like, ‘Really, you shouldn’t be saying that. It’s going to start up too much controversy.'”
The songstress, however, isn’t a stranger to controversy. From her “Dirrty” music video, to her barely-there ensembles, to singing about love and sex, Aguilera owns up to everything she’s done in her career. Now, as a mother of two — son Max, 10, and daughter Summer, 3 — she’s more cautious of what she puts out.
“There are definitely two different hats that I wear, for sure,” she explained. “My kids at home don’t see the one on stage. I’m very not showy, even when I’m trying to do my vocal rehearsal. I was practicing for the Whitney [Houston] tribute [for the 2017 American Music Awards in December] and my daughter was watching ‘Peppa Pig’ and she was like, ‘Be quiet,’ and shuts the door. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ It definitely is an eye-awakening moment. But, you know, it all changes into the artist you are and the person you are and you have to absorb that.”
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