After explaining “What a Girl Wants” and issuing the invitation to “Come on Over” in 1999, Christina Aguilera is acting like a “Genie in a Bottle” by granting her fans’ wishes for new material.
Aguilera’s new album, which she’s been working on in a Los Angeles studio since September (see “Christina Aguilera Returns To Studio For New Album” ), is expected to drop in June, according to an RCA Records spokesperson. Giving the platinum-topped pop singer a hand with the endeavor are producers Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt) and Rockwilder (Jay-Z, Redman), keyboardist Scott Storch (Dr. Dre, Bubba Sparxxx) and former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, who recently returned from near oblivion by assisting Pink with her latest, Missundaztood (see “Pink Says Missundaztood Is ’A Lot More Me’ “ ).
Aguilera’s fifth release — counting 2000’s Spanish translation of her self-titled debut, Mi Reflejo, and her holiday album, My Kind of Christmas, as well as a collection of early recordings, Just Be Free, that surfaced last year — and its songs remain untitled, the spokesperson said, and the label is planning to release a single in April or May.
Fans who can’t wait that long can catch a sneak preview February 24, when Aguilera unveils a new song as part of her set during the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games (see “’NSYNC, Aguilera, Bon Jovi Bound For Winter Olympics” ).
Mi Reflejo, released in September 2000, had the second-best sales figures of any Latin album last year, according to SoundScan, moving upward of 428,000 copies