It’s been six years since Christina Aguilera released a studio album and come June 15, the Grammy Award-winning songstress is slated to put out her eighth studio album Liberation.
The project Hip Hop and R&B project featuring songs produced by Kanye West & Anderson .Paak.
The Liberation album’s debut single “Accelerate” is a bouncy collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz in which West handles production. The record and official video were unveiled on Thursday, May 3.
The Life of Pablo creator also had his hand in making another song from Liberation titled “Maria,” which is said to be her favorite song on the 11-track album and includes a Michael Jackson sample.
The two met at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La studio in Malibu, California, according to a recent interview she gave with Billboard.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Kanye,” she tells Billboard. “Outside of, you know, his controversial aspects, I just think he’s a great artist and musicmaker and beatmaker. The artists that he chooses to pluck from different walks of life are so interesting.”
Aguilera isn’t new to making Hip Hop and R&B-inspired music. Her voice is renown for its soulful sound she was an integral part of Moulin Rouge!‘s Grammy Award-winning song “Lady Marmalade” alongside Lil Kim, Mya and Pink. Hip Hop luminary DJ Premier also produced several records on her third studio album, 2006’s Back to Basics, and she’s also recorded with the likes of Redman, Da Rockwilder, CeeLo Green and Pharrell Williams.
“To me, there’s nothing like an amazing Hip Hop beat,” she says. “At the end of the day, I am a soul singer,” she says. “When you strip back the words ‘pop star’ and the many things that I’ve done, singing soulfully is where my core, my root and my heart really is. And as you can see, it’s what I’m inspired by.”
Check out the tracklist for Christina Aguilera’s Liberation below.
Searching For Maria
Sick Of Sittin’
Fall In Line ft @ddlovato
Right Moves ft Keida & Shenseea
Like I Do
I Don’t Need It Anymore (Interlude)
Accelerate ft @tydollasign & @2chainz
Unless It’s With You
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 3, 2018