Christina Aguilera has taken off her gloves and ceased legal sparring with Warlock Records and its affiliates, allowing for the release of Just Be Free, an album that contains demo tracks the singer recorded when she was 14 and 15 years old.
Last week, Aguilera, who filed suit in May and was subsequently countersued, reached a settlement with Warlock, Platinum Recordings and JFB Music; as a result, the LP will be hitting stores on August 21.
However, even though Aguilera — who says the music was never intended to be made public — has given up her fight, she isn't exactly giving the project a glowing recommendation. Although terms of the settlement have been kept confidential, Aguilera's lawyer, Carla Christopherson, said her client will be allowed to address her fans in a letter that will be included with each album.
In the letter, Aguilera says the songs on the album "were made just so that I could get my foot in the door of the music business" and that "they are being released 'as is,' although I tried to prevent the release for several years."
Later in the letter she says, "The growth and vocal development I experienced as I matured into young adulthood is not reflected in the recordings," and notes that she intends to release an album this fall that will be a true representation of her "artistry."
Adam Levy, president of Warlock, feels that Aguilera shouldn't worry about reliving her musical past.
"It's a great look at what she was doing," he said Thursday (July 5). "We're pleased [to be putting the record out]. I'm more pleased for the album's producers who wanted to get it out. I hope the fans can appreciate it."