Pop queen Christina Aguilera is planning a return to the limelight at the end of the summer with a new single, "Let's Get Dirty."
Pop queen Christina Aguilera is planning a return to the limelight at the end of the summer with a new single, "Let's Get Dirty." The track will arrive in mid-September via RCA, according to her official Web site. Co-written and co-produced by Aguilera and Rockwilder, the track features a guest appearance by rapper Redman.
Later this month Aguilera and Redman will shoot a video for the track in Los Angeles with Paul Hunter, who has directed clips for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Eminem. Hunter will make his feature film directing debut next year with MGM's adaptation of the cult comic book "Bulletproof Monk," starring Chow Yun-Fat.
"Let's Get Dirty" is drawn from Aguilera's as-yet-untitled fourth RCA studio album. A spokesperson tells Billboard.com that although an official date has not yet been set, the label is targeting a late October release for the album. Tour plans are being formulated but nothing is yet finalized, according to the spokesperson.
The artist has reportedly collaborated with a host of luminaries on the new album, including Alicia Keys, former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, and producers Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith) and Linda Perry (Pink, Jennifer Love Hewitt).
Most recently, Aguilera has been heard not as a solo artist, but as part of collaborations. Along with Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink, she was part of the one-off quartet that took a cover of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" to the top of Billboard's Hot 100. Recorded for Interscope's "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, the single picked up the Grammy for best pop collaboration with vocals and MTV Video Music Awards trophies for best video and best video from a film, among other honors.
"Nobody Wants To Be Lonely," her duet with Ricky Martin, peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary airplay chart and No. 13 on The Billboard Hot 100. The track appeared on Martin's 2001 "Best Of" collection.
Aguilera's last solo release was 2000's "My Kind of Christmas," which topped Billboard's Top Holiday Albums tally and peaked at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. That set closely followed the release of her Spanish-language collection, "Mi Reflejo," which featured the single "Por Siempre Tu," a No. 6 hit on Bilboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart. The album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart and No. 27 on The Billboard 200, has sold 442,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Her 1999 self-titled debut set debuted on top of The Billboard 200. Featuring the Hot 100 chart-toppers "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants," that album has sold 7.9 million copies.
"Just Be Free," a collection of early tracks made when the artist was around 14 years old, was released last September by the Warlock label. Aguilera wrote in the liner notes that she "did not intend that the recordings would be widely released" and that she "tried to prevent [their] release for several years," perhaps contributing to the set's sluggish sales performance (114,000 copies to date).