Christina Aguilera's bullies have inspired her biggest hits.
The "Your Body" singer - who has regularly been criticized for her curvier figure recently - admitted she is impacted by the negativity but channels her feelings into her music. In an emotional interview with Dateline NBC, the 31-year-old star said, "I have definitely experienced forms of bullying, and that's why it's so important for me to write songs like 'Beautiful' and 'Fighter.' On this current record, Lotus is all about being an unbreakable flower that survives the test of time. Throughout the roughest of surroundings and harshest weather conditions it remains strong and thrives."
The provocative singer also opened up about her relationship with her four-year-old son Max and insisted she is doing everything she can to give him a better childhood than her own. Christina became visibly emotional when asked about her bond with Max during the interview and her desire to have him grow up feeling safe and secure. "He is my heart he is my world, he's just my baby. I am definitely accomplishing that goal thus far. No matter what, I know he is in an environment that makes him very safe," the 31 year-old Voice mentor said.
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).
The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.
Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.
Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.
Despite Christina Aguilera telling her record company that they're "working with a fat girl" from now on, the former Voice mentor looks as thin as any other pop starlet these days on her new album cover for Lotus.
The 31 year-old posted the sneak peek of the cover - which looks like it took inspiration from Botticelli's The Birth of Venus - through her Twitter account: "Conceptually I didn’t target one particular sound/genre. I made music that felt good."
Lotus is due to hit stores on November 19.
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Christina Aguilera is not worried about Lotus being commercially successful.
The 31-year-old singer - whose last studio album Bionic flopped - doesn't care if the general public don't buy her seventh record as she finds it more important to take risks and push herself creatively.
"I've already put out a greatest hits record, so I've been in this business for a while, and I'm a risk taker, that's just who I am at heart. It's who I can't help but be. It's who I always am in nature, as a person and as an artist. With that comes hurdles and certain areas where people aren't going to get it and understand it artistically; sometimes it will go over their heads and it will not be as commercially successful," she told MTV News.
The "Candyman" singer reinvented herself as a mentor on TV show The Voice in 2011, and hopes Lotus will appeal to new fans who have been introduced to her music through that, as well as to those who have followed her since her self-titled 1999 debut album.
Sia has written a track for Christina Aguilera's new album, Lotus. The Australian singer - who has recently found success collaborating with David Guetta on the track "Titanium" - wrote the track "Blank Page" for Christina, and is delighted at the way it sounds.
"So @TheRealXtina Sounds amazing on our next collaboration. Blank page. Squeeeeee (sic)" she wrote on Twitter.
Christina Aguilera will release her new album Lotus in November.
The 31-year-old singer shared details about her seventh studio album in a Twitter Q&A session with fans yesterday, revealing that the record's lotus theme is a metaphor for her own survival and "rebirth."
"Album title: Lotus. Representing an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives. Self expression and freedom [are album themes]. The album represents a rebirth for me," she wrote in a series of tweets.
The feisty blonde also hinted at what kinds of musical influences to expect from the album and promised fans she doesn't shy away from her trademark power ballads: "There will be a 'Lotus' intro to set the tone for the whole record. Conceptually I didn't target one particular sound/genre. There are some beautiful personal ballads on this album. I wouldn't do a record without them."
Christina Aguilera is working on a dance music comeback track.
The "Genie in a Bottle" singer is preparing to make her comeback in August, with a song produced by Max Martin, who has previously written hits for Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.
A source told Billboard.com that the unnamed track is based around the chorus line, "All I want to do is what you wanted." Christina's last album, Bionic, was released in 2010 but was only a moderate success by the star's standards. However, she since she has contributed eight tracks to the soundtrack to the film "Burlesque" - which she also starred in - and appeared on Maroon 5's huge single "Moves Like Jagger" last year.
Christina - who is also a mentor on reality show The Voice - has previously told of her plans to release new music before the end of 2012: "I've been in the studio, hard at work. Different producers I'm working with have just excited me so much and have given me amazing tracks and beats and material I've been writing to. It's gonna come out later this year, and I'm very, very excited to share it with my fans, finally."
Pop rockers Maroon 5 would love to collaborate with Adele.
The band members are huge fans of the "Someone Like You" hitmaker, and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael revealed that she is top of his list of musicians he wants to work with: "In terms of collaborations, I don't know. My personal favorite would be to work with Adele right now. She's amazing."
However, lead singer Adam Levine is worried the singer is too popular to have time for them and spoke of his wish to work with Mumford and Sons. "Get in line. Mumford and Sons album is my favorite album of the year. Last time I saw them they were rehearsing for a performance with Bob Dylan at the Grammys and they were freaking out. It was awesome to see them so excited."
Meanwhile, Jesse revealed the band were worried their number one single with Christina Aguilera -- "Moves Like Jagger" -- would flop, because Adam loves it and when the lead singer hates one of their songs, it is usually successful. "In the past we had this barometer, which was that if Adam hated a song, we knew it was going to be successful," Jesse said.
Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, and Katy Perry songs have all been banned in China. The Asian country's ministry of culture has deemed 100 tracks by artists unsuitable for its citizens telling websites selling and streaming them both legally and illegally to remove them before September 15 or face prosecution.
The ministry follows guidelines to ensure tracks are not in "poor taste and vulgar content," and claims the songs on its latest list have not been submitted for approval, which has to be done by the song's writer themselves. While most of the songs are by artists from Taiwan and Honk Kong, six of Lady Gaga's tracks have been banned: "The Edge of Glory," "Hair," "Marry the Night," "Americano," "Judas," and "Bloody Mary."
Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera have recorded a duet together.
The singer and the Maroon 5 frontman are set to unveil the track, "Moves Like Jagger," on talent show The Voice - in which they are both judges - on Tuesday. Adam explained it was "great" working with the 30-year-old beauty, and he admitted he's looking forward to debuting the song.
"We are excited to perform it for our fans on The Voice this Tuesday and on the road this summer. The guys and I recorded this track in Los Angeles last month and it was great getting to work with Christina on it as well."
Adam recently admitted the pair - who sit alongside Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton on the TV show's panel - row "like brother and sister" on the show: "They fabricate a lot of that - a lot of that's reality television fodder. She's fine, we bicker like brother and sister."
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