February 19, 2003

Christina Aguilera — Stripped

The other day I was watching an interview with Christina Aguilera (I think it was on 60 minutes, 20/20, or something like that). Anyway, Christina was talking about her new album, Stripped. She mentioned that it was much different than her previous albums; it's much more explicit, breaking away from the tame bubble-gum pop style and heading towards something, well, with more sex basically. She claims that she's much happier with this new album since it represents her own style, unlike her previous works—and she had to convince her record company to take things in a new direction.

I respect an artist who wants to record a particular sound and then has enough clout to go against the record company executives' wishes. But few things come to mind in Christina Aguilera's case, though. Either she's lying and the record company forced her to come out with a more explicit album, or she decided to do this on her own. And if she decided to do it on her own, I'd imagine it didn't take much to convince the record executives.

On the other hand, perhaps she did have this idea and maybe she did have to spend a lot of time convincing the record company to go in this direction. I think this scenario means that not only is Christina Aguilera's music a product of the record industry, but Chrstina herself is also a product of the record industry. Comments?

Posted by steve at February 19, 2003 12:32 AM