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Christina Aguilera - General Discussion

Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by RainOnFire, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Did anyone else have Just Be Free? As a kid, I saw it at the store and thought it was her 2nd album so I bought it. I was so disappointed. I kind of forgot about it till now.
     
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  2. Might be an unpopular opinion but ballads are what brings down Bionic for me. Had she cut them out and add some left field mid tempo bops then it would be the perfect record.
     
  3. I made a 9-track Bionic that is the tightest trashiest fun listen but I'd prob get crucified if I posted it ddd
     
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  4. Bionic
    Not Myself Tonight
    Woohoo
    Elastic Love
    Birds of Prey
    Desnudate
    Glam
    Prima Donna
    I Hate Boys
    My Girls
    Bobblehead
    Monday Morning

    is such a great listen to be honest.
     
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  5. If we MUST do this, since I've never shared an ideal X tracklisting, this is the Bionic playlist I use.

    1. Bionic
    2. Not Myself Tonight
    3. Elastic Love
    4. Birds of Prey
    5. You Lost Me
    6. I Am
    7. Morning Dessert (intro)
    8. Woohoo (feat. Nicki Minaj)
    9. Desnudate
    10. Vanity
    11. Bobblehead
    12. My Girls (feat. Peaches)
    13. Monday Morning
    14. Lift Me Up
    15. All I Need

    Glam, Prima Donna, Sex for Breakfast, I Hate Boys, Stronger Than Ever and Little Dreamer being the leftovers – any/all of which I'd welcome on a deluxe, etc.
     
  6. You swap Vanity around with All I Need right this second. There is no other appropriate victory lap
     
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  7. I own Just Be Free because I found a very yellowed copy laying around at my local supermarket and couldn't miss the chance. It's been gathering dust on my shelf for ages.
     
  8. Shame on everbody leaving one of the ballads aside from Bionic. They are the best thing about it.
     
  9. Just Be Free actually contains some okay songs though?
     
  10. The four ballads, which sound like they were recorded for a completely different album, are all great to incredible.

    Overall Bionic is a fucking mess. There are some decent songs in there (Elastic Love is equal parts amazing and dumb) but in general it's a case of either artist or label getting cold feet and trying to force three different albums to co-exist in one. And two of them were not very good.

    I still kind of enjoy the sheer madness of the whole thing. The fact that the team behind an A-list popstar thought an album like Bionic would work is fascinating and merits going back to it every now and then. It was brave, but ultimately did a massive amount of harm to Xtina's career from which she's never recovered.
     
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  11. Frankly, she should have gone even bigger after Back to Basics and released a TRIPLE album, one CD of alt-pop, one CD of trashy bops and one CD of Sia ballads. The hubris.
     
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  12. The second disc of Back To Basics is her best album, Bionic is just after it.

    I bought Just Be Free back when HMV had all the imports stocked in the back. It's terrible.
     
  13. Just be Free - cheap production, mediocre songs. Even Christina can't save it.
     
  14. Bionic has its flaws, but the album itself did not do massive harm to her career. What harmed her career was a poorly received video that sparked the media and fans thirst to pit women against each other. LOTS of artists have released patchy or even poor albums in their careers and it meant nothing in the long run. Comparisons that tainted her album campaign, the knee jerk reaction to release a slow ballad in summer, and then to abandon the album entirely did harm. Not doing much to promote her follow up album and its fairly well received lead single did harm. Waiting 6 years between that album and the new one did harm. Chalking it all up to Bionic is silly. She would have recovered fine if different steps were taken.

    Beyond all that, at some point along the way she stopped caring about achieving a certain kind of success and thats ok too. I know its fun for some people to go "haha she's a big flop now!!" but at some point it clearly became her choice to not chase it anymore. Nobody waits 5 and a half years after two underperforming albums to put out new material if they still want to be #1.
     
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  15. I relistened to Bionic for the first time in years on Saturday, and Woohoo, I Hate Boys and Bobblehead have been my trinity of messy bops for the last couple days.
     
  16. I can't cut anything from Bionic. Sorry.
     
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  17. Listenin to this drunk with my bestie at official Liberation day (5 May in NL) was great!
     
  18. Speaking of chart numbers:

    Christina Aguilera's Official Top 20 biggest songs

    04 May 2018 | By Rob Copsey

    With Christina's new album Liberation out this summer, Official Charts reveals the sales of her Top 20 biggest singles.

    Christina Aguilera has made it indubitably clear over the years that she won't be rushed to put out a new record. But six years after her last album, Lotus, fans were so desperate for new music that they made video montages that poked fun at her endless teasing and drip-feeding of details, which ultimately revealed nothing.

    But none of that matters now because she's back, armed with her new single Accelerate, which is out now, and album Liberation, which follows on June 15. It's Christina's eighth record, factoring in her Christmas album and Spanish language record Mi Reflejo.

    While we wait for the album, we look at the songs that got her here - an impressive lineup of 23 Top 40 hits, of which 17 went Top 10 and four made it all the way to Number 1. Check out Christina's Official Chart history in all its glory here. Before we reveal the full Top 20, some highlights:

    Genie in a Bottle
    Every pop superstar's career has to start somewhere and Christina's kickoff was better than most. A genuine phenomenon when released in 1999, demand was so high that the US import charted the week before its official UK release. Shifting 172,000 copies in that first seven days on sale, Genie in a Bottle spent two weeks at Number 1. It lands as her third biggest song with 716,000 copies sold, and 10.6 million streams.

    Lady Marmalade
    Collaborating has been key to Christina's success over the years, and some of her most enduring hits have been her team-ups with other huge artists. 2001's Lady Marmalade was a real turning point for Christina – while she'd been spotted out and about sporting a more outré look, this was the first time we'd seen Christina fully expressing herself and letting out her wild side. With Lil Kim, Pink and Mya on board, this was a guaranteed hit – another Number 1. On her rundown, it clocks in as her fourth biggest song overall, combining sales of 588,000 and 17.1m.

    Dirrty
    If Lady Marmalade was the starter, Dirrty was the main. Christina was pulling no punches – indeed, the video was set at a very rough boxing match – on this fantastically gritty Number 1 from 2002. The lead from her huge-selling sophomore album Stripped, Dirrty spent two weeks rubbing itself up against the Number 1 spot, and has scored 399,000 sales and 12.3m streams to land in Christina's all-time Top 5. Despite its success across Europe, Dirrty struggled in the US and stalled at Number 48, mainly due to lack of radio play which counts towards the Billboard Hot 100.

    Beautiful
    Christina's most recent Number 1, this classic "look hun, you're actually a really great person so who cares what people think" ballad knocked Tatu's All The Things She Said off the top in 2003 (Take a look at the chart the week Beautiful went to Number 1 – it's a corker). It's sold 381,000 copies and racked up 11.8m streams since we started counting in 2014. It's legacy is the countless 'be yourself' torch songs that have dominated the charts ever since.

    Moves Like Jagger
    Now, a big one. Christina hadn't been in the Top 10 for a while when this insanely catchy track from a revitalised Maroon 5 came along in 2011. Christina's scene-stealing cameo helped Moves Like Jagger to million-selling status – but it couldn't lift it to Number 1. Yep, Moves Like Jagger spent an agonising SEVEN weeks at 2, beaten to the top by six different songs, including Example, Rihanna FT Calvin Harris, Pixie Lott and One Direction.

    In fact, Moves Like Jagger is the second bestselling single in the history of the Official Singles Chart not to get to Number 1, beaten (again) by Wham’s Last Christmas. It was the second biggest selling single of 2011, behind Adele's Someone Like You, and is Christina's biggest song in the UK – 1.54 million sales and 26 million streams. However… while it is her top seller, it isn't her most streamed track. See where Moves Like Jagger ranks in the UK's best-selling singles of all time.

    Say Something
    Another memorable feature from Christina, this song became a hit after our leading lady spotted it on So You Think You Can Dance – we can just imagine Christina settling down to watch this at home, shouting out NO whenever someone attempted the moves from Dirrty – and was anxious to collaborate with A Great Big World on a new version. The Christina-enhanced song reached Number 4 in 2014 and sold 443,000 copies. It's Christina's most streamed track in the UK, notching up 45 million plays, helping it to finish second in her all-time Top 20. It's also her most recent Top 40 hit – but we reckon that will change pretty soon…

    The Official Top 20 biggest Christina Aguilera songs:

    SONG BY PEAK YEAR
    1 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 2 2011 1.8m [1.54m sales; 26m streams]
    2 SAY SOMETHING CHRISTINA AGUILERA 4 2013 893k [443k sales; 45m streams]
    3 GENIE IN A BOTTLE A GREAT BIG WORLD/CHRISTINA AGUILERA 1 1999 822k [716k sales; 10.6m streams]
    4 LADY MARMALADE CHRISTINA AGUILERA/LIL' KIM/MYA/PINK 1 2001 759k [588k sales; 17.1m streams]
    5 DIRRTY CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT REDMAN 1 2002 522k [399k sales; 12.3m streams]
    6 BEAUTIFUL CHRISTINA AGUILERA 1 2003 499k [381k sales; 11.8m streams]
    7 FEEL THIS MOMENT PITBULL FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 5 2013
    8 CANDYMAN CHRISTINA AGUILERA 17 2007
    9 AIN'T NO OTHER MAN CHRISTINA AGUILERA 2 2006
    10 HURT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 11 2006
    11 FIGHTER CHRISTINA AGUILERA 3 2003
    12 WHAT A GIRL WANTS CHRISTINA AGUILERA 3 2000
    13 TELL ME P DIDDY FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 8 2006
    14 NOBODY WANTS TO BE LONELY RICKY MARTIN WITH C AGUILERA 4 2001
    15 CAR WASH CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT MISSY ELLIOTT 4 2004
    16 THE VOICE WITHIN CHRISTINA AGUILERA 9 2004
    17 CAN'T HOLD US DOWN CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT LIL' KIM 6 2003
    18 COME ON OVER BABY (ALL I WANT IS YOU) CHRISTINA AGUILERA 8 2000
    19 TILT YA HEAD BACK NELLY & CHRISTINA AGUILERA 5 2003
    20 SHOW ME HOW YOU BURLESQUE CHRISTINA AGUILERA N/A 2008

    ©2018 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
     
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  19. Bionic is a great album, her best in my opinion. Yes it's schizophrenic but that's the point, it's half messy electrobops and half heartbreaking ballads. Her best songs are on Stripped and Back To Basic but Bionic is her only album I enjoy from start ti finish.
     
  20. Although this pitting female pop stars against each other is undeniably sexist, in the case of Christina and Bionic, it also shows the Zeitgeist progressed past her and she simply failed to catch up. It was extremely naive of her to assume that she could spend years in her home recording studio inviting obscure British synth-pop bands thinking that everyone was going to eat up whatever she would be serving. Once she came back, this sound had already been done - and better. Her label didn't help, either, making her wail over dusty 2005 Polow da Don beats that sounded dated on arrival. I think we keep on talking about Bionic because it was one of the first times an established major artist announced her grand arrival to the digital age, and everyone came to see her, but in the end everyone came out dissapointed, including Christina herself.
     
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