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Christina Aguilera GQ Magazine

Christina Aguilera GQ Magazine

Paying tribute to the music that inspired her, pop icon Christina Aguilera will release her third studio album, "Back To Basics," August 15th on RCA Records. A modern take on vintage jazz, soul and blues from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, the album is wildly inventive with a throwback style creating a sound that’s gritty and raw. "Back To Basics" reunites her with producer Linda Perry as well as creating new collaborations with producers such as DJ Premier. The sexy upbeat first single, "Ain’t No Other Man," produced by DJ Premier and Charles Roane, is set for release on June 12th. It will be world-premiered on the MTV Movie Awards on June 8th. "This is a concept album that follows a bold, set vision," stated Aguilera. "The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald… what I used to call my ‘fun music’ when I was a little girl."

"Back To Basics" utilizes an orchestra, choir, string quartet and jazz horns, as well as techniques that offer a vintage sound and sensibility. "I Got Trouble" incorporates a scratchy blues feel, while "Candy Man" recalls the tight harmonies of all-girl groups from the ’30s and ’40s, "Save Me From Myself" is an emotionally naked, raw-sounding song dedicated to her husband. "Thank You," dedicated to her fans, features DJ Premier splicing bits of "Genie In A Bottle" with fan voicemail messages. Also sure to appeal to Aguilera fans is the risque song "Nasty Naughty Boy" (which has a ’20s burlesque feel) and the sassy club track "Still Dirrty."

Singer Christina Aguilera, 25, takes the cover of GQ June 2006.  Read the full article after the jump.  More pictures in the gallery that are kind of NSFW!


Photographs by Michael Thompson

At Prince’s party, all Earth-based reality is negotiable. Everything gets suffused with an erotic glow. Women look hotter, genders get fluid, animals strike curious poses—it’s crazy. Look: There’s Salma Hayek in a black dress, bending forward on a sofa for some heart-stopping décolletage. There’s Marilyn Manson, escorting fedora-topped burlesque queen Dita Von Teese. There’s Paris Hilton canoodling with Stavros Niarchos. Heath Ledger canoodling with Michelle Williams. Cameron Diaz canoodling with Justin Timberlake. It’s like an A-list Eyes Wide Shut here in the dark, VIP-only nightclub Teddy’s in L.A.’s lavish Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. And there, moving smoothly behind the crowd-parting prow of an all-business bodyguard, is a petite, platinum-blond synthesis of the whole retro-futurist, glam-louche, New-Old-Hollywood spectacle: Christina Aguilera.

In recent years, Aguilera’s look has been changeable to near unrecognizability: from blond to raven-haired to redheaded, coquettish to slutty to whatever it is you are when you’re in a soul-kissing-Madonna sandwich with Britney Spears. But however you described her, words like elegant and classic probably went unmolested. Not tonight. Though she’s club-casual in white V-neck cashmere hoodie, dark jeans, and leopard-print high heels, Aguilera’s spit-curl coif, bright red Kewpie doll lips, and sparkling ruby barrette suggest an R&B Jean Harlow. This is Aguilera 3.0: a Jazz Age Broadway-baby songbird. And from the looks of things—let’s see if I get this right—girlfriend is working it. “I really try to live out whatever I’m doing with the music in my life,” says the formidably self-assured 25-year-old. “Like now, even when I’m only going to be in the studio, I never go without bright red lipstick.”

Aguilera’s new album, Back to Basics, due to drop in a couple of months, blends a vintage-soul sound with state-of-the-art beatsmanship to form a throwback/hip-hop showcase for her outsize voice. Interweaving a Weimar-cabaret theme, it is decidedly a concept album. “In the end, it’s really cool to just follow a set vision,” she says. “I think it makes for a better product.” And the vision is a bold one, if not in ways previously associated with the buttless-chaps-clad provocateur.

To promote the album, Aguilera is planning a tour of jazz clubs, including the blue-chip Blue Note, a New York institution. Hearing this news, some may imagine the ghost of Ella Fitzgerald scatting foul oaths in the wind, but it’s also kind of awesome. Imagine for one second Aguilera’s former rival Britney Spears attempting something like this—the idea is insane, a joke. But with the nuclear-voiced Aguilera, who got nasty in public with much grimier originality than Spears’s Hefnerian pigtails-and-letter-sweater cliché, it’s nearly credible. After all, Aguilera has offended much stronger sensibilities than jazz snobbery in her career.

Whatever ruckus she’s raised, it certainly gets her respect here at Teddy’s, where a famous visage or an ultraviolet wrist stamp is all that prevents sudden ejection onto dusty Hollywood Boulevard. A cocktail-table nook is discreetly emptied of patrons as we coast up through the parting throng and alight there, Aguilera sitting down beside her new husband, Jordan Bratman. She looks content and certainly sounds it. “I’m in the happiest place that I’ve ever been in my entire life,” Aguilera had told me. “I’m very peaceful. I don’t feel kind of agitated or upset about everything.”

Although the two are clearly pop royalty, there’s a real knockabout vibe to the young couple, laughingly nudging each other and sipping Cristal, and this has a lot to do with Bratman. A nice little Jewish guy from New York, the 28-year-old music-marketing exec doesn’t immediately strike one as the sort to land a sexpot alpha female. He ambles unassumingly through the modelizing throng, a serene smile on his roundish, stubbly face. In a room where many men wear a thousand bucks in hair products alone, he’s rocking a red Yankees baseball cap and camouflage pants.
But he’s clearly a cuddle magnet for Aguilera, who prior to this has always seemed so alone out there, such a ferocious band of one. Now she’s on a conga line of two, following behind Bratman, hands on his shoulders, butt wiggling to the house music as they leave the nook for the balcony. Flanked by security hulks as champagne flutes periodically manifest from the ether, they are joined by a few pals, including Justin Timberlake and another guy Aguilera refers to as “an old Mouseketeer friend.” Before long, His Purple Badness takes the stage.

In a shimmering orange sport jacket and turquoise guitar, Prince shares vocals with a belting, Afroed soul sister and two preposterously hot backup singers in go-go skirts with Ikettes moves. Aguilera has met The Artist before, and at five-two could even look him in the eye (“He actually seemed smaller than me,” she says). When a deeply intoxicated white guy is pulled from the crowd and forced to…dance, sort of, Aguilera and Timberlake crack up, bending over the railing. “Man, that’s a cool step,” Prince says as the guy exits. “I’m stealin’ that.”

And when I look over at the petite singer beside me taking in the petite singer onstage, I realize something. Maybe it’s the distorting proximity to stardom, maybe it’s the neuron-addling Cristal, but for a moment the idea seems perfectly plausible. A giant talent in a tiny body. A flair for the brash and theatrical. A flagrant lewdness that’s part of the art.

Is Christina Aguilera the female Prince?

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  • dick nose

    First bitches!!!!!Ha ha

  • Jennifer

    the gq cover looks like ANgelina Jolie’s cover…Christina looks beautiful..but nearly "too naked"

  • Tony

    A glamorous whore… I like Christina’s new look but she can never stop being just another pop slut, she has no class whatsoever, well… i stick with britney

  • Ella_

    That’s the first thing I thought when I saw the cover it looked like one A Jolie did. Maybe it’s the same photographer.She looks amazing, very beautiufl and so so mush TALENT.

  • what

    Is she even a singer? I havent heard a song of hers since 2002.

  • leo

    She leaves nothing to the imagination, I bet her husband doesn’t get to see as much as we do. She clearly has gone down with the trash, and has no respect for herself. As a result I have no respect for her; she has thrown away whatever was left of her respectable reputation and is truly a hollywood slut. All i can say is, I feel sorry for you EX-tina, you are a lost cause and have lost another fan.

  • Betsy

    Love the fake breasts and the highly sexualized poses…why doesn’t she try just selling her singing for once. I’m sorry but NO male singer gets out there half-naked to promote themselves so why do women singers feel like they have to do it? And try something other than sex-sells

  • Katie

    She looks amazing! She isn’t selling her body, she’s just proud of it. Hell If I had a body like her’s and a voice to match, I’d do the same.

  • christy

    hey haters, i have to agree with katie. she’s a hotty in these pics and i dont even like her. i think they are done in pretty good taste. it’s not like she’s sat there spread eagle or something.

  • Lisa

    Yeah Tony, Britney is all class, lol. She has a beautiful voice and can actually sing without the help of mixing and editing.She does look amazing here, very pretty girl and quite sexy.



  • pook

    sorry but ripping off Marilyn Monroe is not cool. the whole world and their sister does it (Gwen Stefani, Lindsay Lohan etc) but they should all get their own image, look, and public persona. No one does Marilyn Monroe like she did so plz stop trying. Come up with your own poses/ photoshoots

  • pook

    Jolie? r u ppl insane? maybe Jolie copied Marilyn’s look too but clearly this is Christina copying MM.

  • steven

    she looks great.i’m sure she doesn’t care about the shit you say about her. i mean she is the one worth over 100 million dollars. she’s pretty darn happy i’d say.

  • J

    One of the poses reminds me of Scarlet Johanson Vf pose. Christina looks good and her boobs are not fake. Look how they sag a bit… fake boobs don’t sag. I remember how Christina used to be in competition with Britney. Now Britney is trash and Xtina is the STAH!

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  • pagebetty

    XOXOXOXO—–I REALLY LIKE her look. It is very glamorous and old hollywood.

  • Bell

    Wow, talk about naked. She didn’t have boobs before, but now she does. Probably that’s why she gained weight a while back and then lost all of it. She wanted more curves somehow. I tried that once when I was a preteen. I’d eat all these eggs. Gain weight. In hopes I’d get big boobs. It worked.

  • Kay

    Hey, I have a question. How does Jared get all these papz photos? Is his dad a photog or somethin? Or is he just rich enough to buy these photos from the papz and post ‘em?

  • EatACookie

    Xtina looks good here! And Marilyn Monroe wasn’t born she was made. Xtina is a natural blonde–unlike Monroe.

  • sinem bayraktar

    she is a quenn of pop and everthing is better than other stupid girl you know what I mean.Go X-tina we love are perfect singer of all teen pop stars

  • heather

    Yeah Christina is trying to hard to be all vintage now.. Shes NO Marilyn Monroe thats for damn sure.

  • Marta

    Hi! I have so many artikels+posters on Christina Aguilera to swap.
    You can see them here:

    Im from Hungary/Europe. I looking for posters of Britney, Hanson, Green Day, Madonna, Melrose Place.

    write me here:

  • Sam

    @pook: agreed

  • Sam

    Hey no one made Marilyn Monroe she made herself under all that Marilyn was Norma so don’t compare Christina to her, no one can come close to Marilyn that’s why they all want to be like her. Christina has confessed to being obsessed with her .Christina lately has used alot of old Monroe looks and poses so how can anyone say she’s not trying to be like her?.Christina does have fake boobs,boobs like those don’t grow overnight.Christina has been known for being a great singer now when you look her up she’s on the top ten list of Marilyn wannabe’s really who want’s to be known for being like someone else now that’s one of the things she will be remembered for, soo sad.

  • christinaisfake.

    Christina Aguileras real hair color is a dirty light brown and her real eye color is brown but she wears blue colored contacts.Christina has fake boobs and is a Monroe Poser.Marilyn was not made she was that little girl under that platinum hair, that’s why all these stars that want to be like her can’t be like her,if Marilyn was really manufactured then why can’t they be like her?? because she wasn’t manufactured that’s why..Christina Aguilera is just fake like most celebs.I wonder why can’t they find someone else to be like? for example Sofia Loren or Grace kelly.Christina is a clown and needs to realize that she’s a poser.

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