Christina Aguilera Talks ‘Lotus,’ Media & More At ‘Billboard’ Q&A
Christina Aguilera will release her new LP ‘Lotus’ on November 13th via RCA Records and during a Q&A with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter ‘Film & TV conference’ yesterday (October 25th) in Los Angeles, she shed quite a bit of light on a number of topics.
Read the highlights from the Q&A session below:
On what she was meant to do: “Sometimes you just know what you’re placed on this earth to do.”Through my childhood I had sort of a chaotic past and upbringing. Music came as a sort of release and escape. Inevitably, you’re going to stray toward that path. I started out as a wedding singer singing at block parties at 6, 7 years old.
Then came ‘Star Search.’ That was my first big break at 7 years old. Ed McMahon couldn’t say my name right.”
On the media: “It’s hard being such a powerful woman in the business. I’m known for not always being warm and fuzzy, because you’ll just get bulldozed over.You learn to put up this little protective shield, but it’s because of something. In my music, I come off as being very open about being insecure, vulnerable and sensitive sometimes. Then I’ll go onstage and be this powerhouse force to be reckoned with. It’s all about that balance.These 6-year-olds weren’t around when I had ‘Genie in a Bottle’ and ‘Fighter’.They are watching me in this big red chair giving advice. There’s a lot of auto tune going on now and that’s all great, it’s an art form. But what’s great about ‘The Voice’ [is that] it’s just raw, real talent.”
On her upcoming song ‘Beautiful’ : “Linda Perry is raw, she’s real and she intimidates a lot of grown men. She’s amazing. I was having a really bad day. I came into her studio. It was at her house at the time. I was working with her on a bunch of stuff. She just kind of sat down at her piano in her dining room and started singing. Don’t do all that Mariah sh-’ — that was her, not me, I love that sh–!” she clarified. “But she was like ‘don’t be doing all that acrobatic sh–, just sing!’”
On ‘Lotus’ compared to her previous releases: ‘I’m a message girl at the end of the day. Songs like ‘Beautiful,’ songs like ‘Fighter.’ They’re very introverted and can be very vulnerable but empowering. I was tired of singing about fluff and candy and Genie in a Bottle.”
“It’s embracing the woman that I’ve grown to be and embracing myself, full circle, as a pop star. Being on ‘The Voice’ has made me realize it. And being face to face with my superstar little popstar team on ‘The Voice’ has been inspiring and inspires me.
It’s made me come full circle and appreciate the journey of the last decade-plus. I chose Lotus because it represents the unbreakable flower that stands the test of time.”
On Twitter: “I said something the other day on Twitter and I was like, ‘Oh, this is what you can use Twitter for!’ I might have opened up a whole new can of worms and a new appreciation for it. I just didn’t want to be generic. Some people use it in a frivolous way.”
On people: “Now everyone is a critic… I don’t read blogs. It’s just God-knows-who in Buttfuck-wherever writing hate-shit. You can’t take it seriously. I’m sure you’ve all been hated on at some point by buttfuck people.”
Photo Credit: Arnold Turner.