Christina Aguilera declared long ago that she doesn't believe in cranking out an album a year just to keep up with her pop contemporaries. But fans can rest assured that the singer is finally at work on a proper follow-up to her 1999 self-titled debut.
Aguilera is recording the as-yet-untitled album in a Los Angeles studio, according to an RCA publicist, who said the disc will not be in stores until next year.
"[I want] to really dig in and take my time with it," Aguilera said earlier this year. "I haven't actually had a second album yet. I did the Latin album and my Christmas album side projects all within themselves but I'm really excited to be writing my next album, collaborating with other people and going to a different place with it. It's going to a more personal place."
Though details were slim regarding her collaborators, Aguilera has said she would like to work with Timbaland, Gwen Stefani, Moby and Lenny Kravitz. Itaal Shur, co-writer of Santana's hit "Smooth," said in July that he was writing for Aguilera's album (see "'Smooth' Co-Writer Itaal Shur Dropping LP, Writing For Christina Aguilera").
With the exception of her hit collaboration with Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim on "Lady Marmalade," Aguilera has kept a fairly low profile for much of 2001. The singer last year released the Spanish-language Mi Reflejo and the holiday LP My Kind of Christmas. A compilation of her early demos, titled Just Be Free, was released earlier this year sans Aguilera's blessing (see "Early Christina Aguilera Recordings Hitting Stores In August").
She was scheduled to co-host the second annual Latin Grammy Awards, but the ceremony was nixed due to the September 11 terrorist attacks (see "Latin Grammy Winners Will Get Trophies But No Ceremony").