Christina Aguilera - AGUILERA

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I loved Stripped back then (I was 14/15) and it is such a shame that it didn't get the 20th anniversary edition that it deserved. I mean, what's happening with popstars/labels that can't make it right.
Just add "I Will Be", "Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy" and "That's What Love Can Do", and find some unreleased tracks from the vaults (I imagine there are some unreleased gems, let me know).
 
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The jump from 2003 to 2007 was jarring when her style was arguably at its most experimental during that weird early Baby Jane phase dd. Then 2010 to 2021? I mean... I can't think of any great looks she had in between then/The Voice era, so... fair. But more reason to get something from 2004-2006, and yes something from the Bionic era (specifically the photoshoot) would have been nice.
 
The jump from 2003 to 2007 was jarring when her style was arguably at its most experimental during that weird early Baby Jane phase dd. Then 2010 to 2021? I mean... I can't think of any great looks she had in between then/The Voice era, so... fair. But more reason to get something from 2004-2006, and yes something from the Bionic era (specifically the photoshoot) would have been nice.
I feel like she had some pretty daring looks they could’ve discussed around Liberation era. Like the fashion week looks and even the Suck My Dick shirt moment. They’re not iconic to the general public but… they’re better than that random 2007 candid. Even a look from Your Body could’ve fit in.
 
The outfits selected for her Life In Looks are kind of disappointing, tbh. I would've picked this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this or at least a couple of those. I don't know how many of those would be considered iconic, but they're some of her more memorable looks, imo.
Me clicking on all of those links: smash! smash! smash! smash! smash!
 
Really insightful read regarding the creation of Stripped from her collaborators:
https://www.wmagazine.com/culture/christina-aguilera-stripped-album-oral-history

This made me kind of emotional? This album is so special. And there just aren't album cycles like this anymore. Not to sound like an old man, but it's true. Albums don't get the chance to show their colors over the course of 18 months or whatever anymore. It's lead single and done so much of the time now. All 5 singles and videos from this album are so important to the narrative around it.
 

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That’s a shame since the Rolling Stone interview that she did was great! I would’ve loved to have heard her thoughts on the era as a whole in even more detail.
I wonder if she declined because she felt like everything was already said in the Rolling Stone story? I'm disappointed because the W Magazine story is absolutely phenomenal. I love stories like these -
HOLLEY: All the teams were in different rooms at Conway Studios at the same time. Imagine this hub of artists all working toward this beautiful project. It was so cool going into another room and hearing the Scott Storch songs, and then Linda Perry was in the next room making ‘Beautiful.’ They don’t make albums like that anymore.

FAIR: There may have been a misunderstanding between us at times, with me being an older man trying to do a creative project with a younger woman who was finding her own voice. I think me being so engaged in the recording process could have been misunderstood for control but my only motivation was always to keep it all elevated.

PERRY: I had to put some rules down with her. I had a start time of 10 AM and sometimes she wouldn’t even show up till 10pm. One day, she did that to me, I picked up my stuff and started walking out. Her manager was like, ‘Where are you going?’ I’m like, ‘I’m out. I got a life. I’m not gonna sit here at the studio waiting for an artist to show up, it’s their career.’ Christina got all upset, and I said, ‘and I’m taking ‘Beautiful’ with me!’ They looked at me like, ‘No!’ Then Christina came out, she was crying and apologizing. I’m like, ‘Okay, let’s not do that again’. And she never did.

MORALES: I remember there was a big kerfuffle with her and Linda Perry because Linda didn’t want all the riffs in ‘Beautiful.’ I got to see them argue. It was amazing. I saw bottles flying!
MORALES: At a session in 2001, Ron Fair screamed across the table: ‘Look, they're gonna give you a $5 million advance if you can hurry up and get this album out faster.’ The label was begging her to put it out but she wouldn’t let them. She was like, ‘F**k you. I’ll be ready when I’m ready.’ She was more concerned about being real than fulfilling corporate needs. It was her way or no way, and her way led to a diamond-certified album.

PERRY: We were at Enterprise Studios doing ‘I’m OK’ and she was in a really sad mood. I put this little blurb of a movie about sexual wrongdoings in the vocal booth and it made her cry. So she was on the floor crying… This is probably the most selfish thing ever, but as she was crying, I quietly lowered the microphone down to where she was, and pushed record. I said: ‘Just use it for the song’. You can hear her crying on the record.
What a fantastic read. I just wish it had her input!
 
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