Christina Aguilera’s childhood had ups and down. Her father was physically and emotionally abusive to her and her mother, which made things tough. Her technique for dealing with this was escaping using music, and was musical whilst growing up. Other things happened which made things difficult for her, such as being bullied at school.
By the time she was in her late teens she got her record deal and released the hit Genie in a Bottle. She was marketed at this time as a cute, innocent teen star, an image that she later rebelled against. Genie in a Bottle was typically about a boyfriend treating her right in order for her to release her inner genie. Her follow up single was What a Girl Wants. It was around this time that she steered away from ad libs and she claimed that Genie in a Bottle did not show off her vocal range, although it did give her world domination. Her debut album Christina Aguilera sold more than double the copies in its first week than Britney did with her debut album in the same time frame.
By the time Christina Aguilera released stripped she had changed her image completely from a cute teen to a scary and empowering woman. Stripped incorporated rock, hip hop and R&B. She was a very deep thinker and analytical person which helped her to write some of the songs on the Stripped album. Can’t Hold Us Down was about being empowered as a woman and not letting anyone hold you back or hold you down. Lyrically the songs were more relevant to how she truly was as a person, and the image she portrayed when she first came out was false. She talks about her fighter instinct in the song Fighter, “makes me that much stronger, makes me work a little bit harder, makes me that much wiser so thanks for making me a fighter”.
Written by Claire Collier