Christina Aguilera covers Billboard's upcoming issue, talks new album and more. Also check out below the video teaser for Christina's brand new single Your Body.
"Lotus" is an evocative title for your new album,
given the events in your career and personal life during the
past two years. What does that name signify to you?
album represents a celebration of the new me, and to me the lotus
has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any
harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time
and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years. Once I could
start writing my own songs, beginning with Stripped, I tried to
infuse as much as I could to promote strength and inspire people
with that message. And now I'm at a place at 31, where the last time
I felt this way was when I was 21 with Stripped and I had a lot to
say and a lot to express.
There's a song called "Army of Me," which is sort of a "Fighter
2.0." There is a new generation of fans from a younger demographic
that might not have been with me all the way but that watch me on
the show now. I feel like every generation should be able to enjoy
and have their piece of "Fighter" within. This time, the way it
musically came together it just felt right for this time and this
generation. There's always going to be a fighter in me getting
through some obstacle and some hurdle.
"Your Body" marks your first time working with Max
Martin, which is surprising to a lot of people given the
teen-pop era where you got your start.
Max is legendary in the business. He's known about me but we
haven't crossed paths. I think when I came in you heard his name
with Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Britney Spears -- those records were
the kind I wanted to stray apart from. If you look at what I did in
the past [after my debut], I always try to do things that will
challenge me and challenge the listener, too. Could this have worked
10 years ago? I'm not sure. It's taken us a decade in the same
business and watching each other from a distance, so for us to now
come together and respect each other's work ethic and how we like to
be heard and making a marriage out of it, I think "Your Body" is
the best culmination of that."
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