Christina Aguilera has been plugging away at her 8th studio LP for a while now, but it looks like the long-overdue opus is slowly coming together. “I’ve been loosely working on it the last couple of years,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I really started toward the middle and end of last year to really buckle down and meet with new collaborators and producers, people I want to work with and people I have never worked with before.”
“I can’t say much about it yet because I want to wait until it’s good and ready,” Legend X continued. “I am working on it and will be ready when it can be the authentic masterpiece that it deserves to be. But later this year, most likely.” She had me at “authentic masterpiece.” As for known collaborators, it’s been something of a mixed bag. Christina has been in the studio with Da Internz, who described her new sound as “14K caviar ratchet with three fingertips,” fellow Voice coach Pharrell and “Beautiful” songwriter Linda Perry.
“I’m reuniting with some old producers that I have always had a long time connection with, including Linda Perry who I did ‘Beautiful’ with,” Xtina told Wonderwall. “We have such a beautiful chemistry and connection.” It’s great to hear that she’s revisiting the Stripped era to some extent. That album continues to shape the musical landscape today. (Selena Gomez revealed that it was a major inspiration for Revival).