Christina Aguilera's New Album 'Liberation': Release Date, Tracklist & Everything We Know So Far
30 April 2018, 12:51 | Updated: 11 May 2018, 14:56
The singer will be releasing her first new music in six years - here's everything we know so far
It’s been six years since Christina Aguilera last released new music. Her most recent album, 2012’s Lotus, was her least commercially successful ever – since then she appeared in The Emoji Movie in 2017, worked on The Voice, and gave birth to her daughter. She has released a couple of one-off new songs in the last six years – a track called “Change”, dedicated to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting and Christina Grimmie, which raised money for the National Compassion Fund. She also recorded a song entitled “Telepathy” for Netflix’s The Get Down.
Otherwise, though, she’s been pretty quiet, gearing up for a major comeback this year. After debuting a barefaced look on the cover of Paper magazine in March, she’s been teasing new music from her upcoming album, which is titled Liberation. This is all very exciting for fans of the star, but there aren’t that many details being made available just yet. Here is everything we do know:
1) When will the album be out?
Christina Aguilera's new album, titled 'Liberation', will be released June 15th, 2018.
This was announced across her twitter social banner, when lead single 'Accelerate' (featuring Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz) was released on the 3rd May.
2) What will the album be called?
The album was confirmed to be titled Liberation on 3rd May 2018, when Christina's social banners were updated to coincide with the release of her first single from the album 'Accelerate'.
The title could either be a reference to general political liberation – Aguilera has always been an outspoken artist – or the liberation of herself. However, she hasn't yet confirmed the inspiration behind the title.
She did however upload a video to Instagram May 4th, speaking about her inspirations for the record, saying
'The inspiration for the album, to me the purest of reasons, is to get back to that little girl who just wants to be inspired again by truth and by that sense of passion for music and singing and just feeling free and alive again. I've stepped so far away from that little girl, and if that means going away for a little while and figuring out who you are again and what you have to say then that's what you need to do.'
3) What has she said about it previously?
Christina has been slowly teasing the album on social media. At a show in Baku, Azerbaijan, she showed a video interlude of her makeup-free face with a voiceover saying things like “explore, express, experiment, exploit”, “my existence has no expiration”, and “Xtina: Liberation”.
She also released a series of short videos on her Instagram, showing distorted and glitchy clips, alluding to a potential video shoot.
One clip in particular, which featured multiple glitching TV screens, had eagle-eyed fans speculating on who would be appearing on the album, with a popular theory being that it will feature a Demi Lovato collaboration due to one of the clips on the screens. The was later confirmed when the tracklist was released.
4) How many albums does Christina Aguilera have so far?
Liberation will be Christina Aguilera’s eighth studio album. She released Christina Aguilera in 1999, followed by Mi Reflejo and My Kind of Christmas in 2000, Stripped in 2002, Back to Basics in 2006, Bionic in 2010, and Lotus in 2010.
5) What was her last release?
Christina’s last album was 2012’s Lotus, which was her most commercially unsuccessful ever. However, she took on a ton of collaborations, worked on The Voice, appeared in films and TV, and has bounced back pretty well.
6) What will it sound like?
Christina Aguilera has always been a pop artist at her core while spanning genres, experimenting with electronic sounds, R&B, hip hop, disco, and even flamenco. Reportedly, this album will be “mostly pop” with “some R&B sounds”, which doesn’t sound too drastically different to her previous work.
Speaking to Paper, Aguilera hinted further at the sound of the album – saying that “I’m at the place, even musically, where it’s a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty.”
The lead single 'Accelerate' (released 3rd May 2018) and second single 'Twice' (released 11th May 2018) give us an insight into what kind of sounds we can expect from Christina's new musical era.
7) What is the tracklist and what songs will be on the album?
The full tracklist for Christina Aguilera's 'Liberation' became viewable when her lead single was released.
The tracklist confirmed some of the rumoured collaborators on the record, who were Demi Lovato, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign.
'Liberation' will feature 15 tracks in total.
2. Searching For Maria
4. Sick Of Sittin'
6. Fall In Line ft. Demi Lovato
7. Right moves ft Keida & Shenseea
8. Like I Do
11. I Don't Need It Anymore (Interlude)
12. Accelerate [Explicit]
15. Unless It's With You
8) What will this era’s look be?
Christina is known for her stunning, extra (and sometimes controversial) looks and major changes between albums. From assless chaps to full nudity to more conservative styles over the years, she always makes a statement – and from her stripped back Paper photos and current social media posts, it looks like this era is no different. This time around Christina appears to be going back to basics and showing off her bare face, wet hair, and freckles.
The cover image for 'Liberation' also follows this minimal and pared down aesthetic, which suggests we'll see a lot more of the Paper shoot style Xtina during her album rollout.
9) Why is it taking so long?
While she’s not been releasing new music for a while, Christina has been busy with the rest of her life – appearances in TV and film, working on The Voice, and having her second child four years ago are all pretty time-consuming.
10) Will she tour and what are the tour dates and locations?
Yes Christina Aguilera is touring for this era/album.
The tour is simply called 'The Liberation Tour' and tickets go on sale May 18th. The current dates listed only include US dates, and run through the end of 2018.
The current Liberation Tour dates are:
SEP 25th, 2018 : HARD ROCK LIVE ARENA, MIAMI FL
SEP 28th, 2018 : ETESS ARENA AT HARD ROCK CASINO, ATLANTIC CITY NJ
SEP 30th, 2018 : MGM NATIONAL HARBOR, WASHINGTON DC
OCT 3rd, 2018 : RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK NY
OCT 4th, 2018 : RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK NY
OCT 6th, 2018 : MOHEGAN SUN ARENA, UNCASVILLE CT
OCT 8th, 2018 : BOCH CENTER WANG THEATRE, BOSTON MA
OCT 11th, 2018 : CASINO RAMA, ORILLA ON
OCT 13th, 2018 : FOX THEATRE DETROIT, DETROIT MI
OCT 16th, 2018 : THE CHICAGO THEATRE, CHICAGO IL
OCT 17th, 2018 : THE CHICAGO THEATRE, CHICAGO IL
OCT 19th, 2018 : PEPSI CENTER ARENA, DENVER CO
OCT 22nd, 2018 : PARAMOUNT THEATRE - OAKLAND, OAKLAND CA
OCT 24th, 2018 : FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO, INDIO CA
OCT 26th, 2018 : THE GREEK THEATRE, LOS ANGELES CA
OCT 27th 2018 : THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS NV
OCT 29th, 2018 : COMERICA THEATRE, PHOENIX AZ
NOV 1st, 2018 : SMART FINANCIAL CENTRE AT SUGAR LAND, SUGAR LAND TX
NOV 3rd, 2018 : WINSTAR WORLD CASINO, THACKERVILLE OK
NOV 4th, 2018 : PARADISE COVE AT RIVER SPIRIT CASINO, TULSA OK
NOV 6th, 2018 : PEABODY OPERA HOUSE, ST LOUIS MO
NOV 9th, 2018 : SAENGER THEATRE, NEW ORLEANS LA
NOV 11th, 2018 : FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA GA
NOV 13th 2018 : MAHAFFEY THEATER, ST. PETERSBURG FL