Just when you think you know Christina Aguilera, you don't. That girl claiming to be a "genie in a bottle," that wasn't her? On Stripped she said she was a fighter, and above all beautiful. Impostor? Take it from Christina's new single, "Not Myself Tonight" the real Xtina Aguilera isn't ready to stand up.
What we do know is that she's undeniably one of the most successful recording artists of the last decade, but underrated in the soul/R&B realm. With her new album, Bionic, coming out later this year, and the new single coming out in about 18 hours and counting, it's time to figure out pop's former top diva. Already the chips are stacked against Aguilera, now a proud mom about to compete with
Mork and Mindy Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Let's hope when the countdown ends tomorrow, it'll sound close to these five incarnations of Xtina.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA COVERS JAMES BROWN AT THE 2007 GRAMMY AWARDS
A lot of today's generation of entertainers like Usher, Chris Brown, and Justin Timberlake give props to James Brown for showing them how to put on a show better than Mario Lopez and America's Best Dance Crew. But when Christina sang JB's testimonal record "It's A Man's Man's World" at the 2007 Grammy awards proved that it doesn't take balls to cover "It's A Man's Man's World" by the Godfather of Soul it took her crazy pipes.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA, LIL KIM, PINK, MYA, MISSY ELLIOT "LADY MARMALADE"
While there's no denying Christina as a singer, this is one of two of her most successful moments built off of a cover of another person's song. That's biting in some people's book, just saying.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA F. REDMAN "DIRRTY"
The metaphor for rubbing a bottle to get the genie out, that's radio gold right there! It's phallic, it's sexual, but misleading. So Xtina went all the way with Redman and producer Rockwilder, and got "Dirrty," you know like under the bed, crumbs and cat-hair dirty.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA F. LIL KIM "CAN'T HOLD US DOWN"
The other part of Christina's soul is that she's full of sass. R&B chicks got it, along with that side to side head-neck swerve. Somehow it's deep-rooted in Christina's Irish-Ecuadorian roots which technically gives her a 'hood pass, but not the John Mayer kind.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA'S BACK TO BASICS BONUS VIDEO
Christina brought back the roaring '20s of jazz, blues, and soul on her last album Back To Basics. It's an elegant resurrection of the old school indeed that took Christina's true pin-up girl style of beauty. By the looks of the cover art for her latest record, she's going for the jugular with the S&M look. Safe word?