Aguilera Gets Real on "Stripped"
First album since 2000 due in October
Christina Aguilera will release Stripped, her first new album in two years, on October 29th. In 2000, the singer released a Spanish-language set, Mi Reflejo, and a Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas, but Stripped will be the proper follow-up to her 1999 multi-platinum self-titled debut.
"This record is definitely my baby," she told Rolling Stone earlier this summer. "Being twenty-one now, I've grown into more of what I feel like as a woman . . . I wanted to make a record that was about me completely. Nothing superficial, no hype, no gloss."
Aguilera worked with producers -- including Linda Perry, the woman behind Pink's 2002 blockbuster Missundaztood -- and chose to give the album a harder, real-life edge. "If you wanted to know what I was up to on my last tour, or even with my last boyfriend," she says, "just listen . . . Even though I've been screwed over by certain people, there's a time where it's like, 'I'm going to show you all.' And it's OK, because I'm going to survive."