Christina Aguilera announced a forthcoming Latin album during a performance at her The Xperience residency on Saturday, June 1 in Las Vegas. The 38-year-old singer was performing her bilingual track “Desnudate” off her 2010 album, Bionic, when she told the crowd, “Let’s not forget: the Latin album is coming!”
The Xperience is a 16-date concert residency at the Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood that launched May 31 — with Demi Lovato in the audience — and will run through October 5. She’ll be performing some of her most famous songs including “Beautiful,” “Fighter,” “Genie in a Bottle,” and “Ain’t No Other Man.”
The 38-year-old vocal powerhouse performed for about two hours with the show divided into six acts and an encore, each with distinct colors, textures, and scents to appeal to all the senses and with a message of girl power and sex positivity.
The announcement of new Spanish music from the singer will appeal to fans who have been waiting for another Latin album since 2000 when she released Mi Reflejo in the midst of the Latin music boom that included Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Her first Spanish-language featured original tracks as well as Spanish translations of her hits including “Genio Atrapado” (“Genie in a Bottle”), “Por Siempre Tú” (“I Turn to You”), “Una Mujer” (“What a Girl Wants”), “Mi Reflejo” (Reflection), and “Ven Conmigo” (Come On Over).
The album was the best-selling Latin pop album of 2000 and was certified six times platinum. She received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album and two Billboard Latin Music Awards.
She’s since then released Spanish tracks including a Spanish version of Stripped track “Get Mine, Get Yours” titled “Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy” in 2002 and “El Beso del Final” (The Last Kiss), produced by Franne Golde and Tom Snow, who co-wrote Selena‘s “Dreaming of You.” The track was featured in the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack and she later collaborated with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez, “Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti” for the Mexican telenovela, La Tempestad.
Aguilera, who is half-Irish, half-Ecuadorian, has been open about not speaking Spanish well but still being proud of her Latin roots.
“I’ve dealt with that [criticism] my whole life,” she said in an interview with Latina Magazine. “I don’t speak the language fluently. And I’m split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorean. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am.”
Since the release of Mi Reflejo she’s been planning a follow-up and it looks like it’s finally going to become a reality and despite any criticism she faces, she’ll undoubtedly approach it with the same pride she had when she recorded the first album.
“All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman. I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I’m planning another one even though I don’t speak the language. I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some people.”