Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christina Aguilera Stripped

Stripped (Christina Aguilera album)

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Studio album by Christina Aguilera
ReleasedOctober 25, 2002
Christina Aguilera chronology
  • Stripped
  • (2002)
Singles from Stripped
  1. "Dirrty"
    Released: September 14, 2002
  2. "Beautiful"
    Released: November 16, 2002
  3. "Fighter"
    Released: March 13, 2003
  4. "Can't Hold Us Down"
    Released: July 8, 2003
  5. "The Voice Within"
    Released: October 26, 2003
Stripped is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, released on October 25, 2002 by RCA Records. Looking to transition from the teen pop styles of her self-titled debut album (1999), Aguilera took creative control over her next album project, both musically and lyrically. She also changed her public image and established her new alter ego, "Xtina". Musically, its music incorporates pop and R&B with influences from many different genres, including soulmetalrockhip hop, and Latin. Lyrically, most of the songs from the album discuss the theme of self-respect, while a few other songs talk about sex and feminism. Asexecutive producer, Aguilera enlisted many new collaborators for the album.
Upon its release, Stripped received generally mixed reviews from music critics, most of them criticized its lack of musical focus, while some of them called it an album for grown-ups. However, the album received multiple Grammy Award nominations, including one win. Commercially, Stripped debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 330,000 copies. Consequently, it was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping over four million copies in the region alone. The album also charted within the top five of charts in Canada, Europe, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It was Aguilera's best-performing album in the United Kingdom, becoming the 29th best-selling album of the 2000s decade there with 1.9 million copies sold. As of 2006, Stripped has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Five singles were released from the album. The lead single, "Dirrty", was met with mixed reviews from critics due to its sound and criticism due to its sexual music video. The follow-up, "Beautiful", was praised by critics and garnered chart success worldwide. The third single, "Fighter", became Aguilera's third top-ten hit worldwide from Stripped. The two last singles from Stripped were "Can't Hold Us Down" and "The Voice Within", which performed moderately on charts. Aguilera performed several songs from Stripped live during a number of shows, notably during the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards, the American Music Awards of 2003, and the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Two concert tours were held to promote the album, The Justified and Stripped Tour (2003) and The Stripped Tour (2003).




Following the release of her self-titled debut album in 1999, Aguilera had achieved major success with four worldwide hits, including "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants".[1] Following that, she continued to garner major success with "Lady Marmalade" (2001), a cover of LaBelle which features Lil' KimPink and Mýa.[1] Despite the international success, Aguilera was unsatisfied with the music and image that her management, Steve Kurtz, had created for her, having been marketed as a bubblegum pop singer because of the genre's financial lure.[2] She mentioned plans for her next album to have more musical and lyrical depth.[1] By late 2000, Aguilera decided not to continue the contact with Kurtz.[1] After terminating Kurtz's services, Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager.[1]Following the managerial shakeup, Aguilera decided to create her new style of music on the following album. She also used her newalter ego, "Xtina".[3] She also changed her public appearance and persona, with her hair dyed black and nude photographs on magazine covers.[4]
Aguilera further commented about the event with USA Today, "When you're part of a pop phenomenon, you have so many opinions shoved down your throat. People try to tell you what you should do, how you should act, what you should wear, who you should be with. At the time things started happening for me, it was popular to be the squeaky-clean, cookie-cutter pop singer. But that role didn't speak to me, because it's so boring and superficial".[1] About the conception of Stripped, Aguilera said to MTV News,[5]
I feel like it is a new beginning, a re-introduction of myself as a new artist in a way, because for the first time people are really seeing and getting to know how I really am. I got a chance to show of all these colors and textures of my love of music and of my vocal range. Coming off of the height of being a part of such a big pop-craze phenomenon, that imagery of that cookie-cutter sweetheart, without it being me, I just had to take it all down and get it away from me. And that is why I actually named the album Stripped, because it is about being emotionally stripped down and pretty bare to open my soul and heart.


Aguilera cultivated an increasingly provocative image while promotingStripped, during which time she adopted the nickname "Xtina", dyed her hair black, and got several tattoos and piercings.
In late 2000, Aguilera started to record her then-upcoming material.[1] The recording sessions took place in studios around California and New York City, including Electric Lady Studios in New York, The Enterprise Studios in Burbank, CaliforniaConway Recording StudiosThe Record Plant and NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood.[6] According to Aguilera, the recording sessions were much longer than she thought.[1] She further explained that lots of things came up during that time, including her first break-up with her first boyfriend Jorge Santos.[1] Aguilera also believed that the lyrics of Stripped were so personal, and her vocals "represent a rawer, more bare-bones approach as well, with less of the ostentatious riffing that has miffed critics in the past".[1] She stated, "I did the vocal gymnastics thing because it was fun. That's why I like blues, too, because you can experiment more with that side of your voice. But I thought the lyrics on this record are so personal, deep and good that I wanted to make them stand out more than what I could do with my voice technically".[1]
On her new album, entitled Stripped, Aguilera enlisted a wide range of songwriters and producers, notably Alicia KeysScott Storch, and Linda Perry.[5][7] Perry was one of the biggest influences to Aguilera during the making of the album.[5] The singer stated, "She taught me that imperfections are good and should be kept because it comes from the heart. It makes things more believable and it's brave to share them with the world."[5] Keys was featured on the track "Impossible", which was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.[7] Another notable producer is Storch; he wrote and produced a total of seven songs from Stripped, including two singles.[8] He stated that during the making of Stripped, Aguilera was one of his friends that he cared most; however Storch didn't produce her fifth studio album Back to Basics (2006),[8] later it resulted a feud between the two artists, which was stated by Aguilera in one of the track from Back to Basics, "F.U.S.S.".[9]


Musical style[edit]

Musically, Stripped is a pop and R&B[10][11] album which incorporates elements of many different genres, including soulmetalhip hoprockrock and roll, and Latin.[2][10][12] The album broke her teen pop root in the self-titled debut album in 1999.[5] According to Aguilera, she wanted to be "real" in her next records because she was "overworked" at the time she was "a part of the big craze pop phenomenon".[1] Multiple critics criticized its musical style, calling it a lack of musical concentration.[11][13] On Stripped, Aguilera became the writer of most of the songs.[6] She also revealed that Perry's songwriting on Pink's album Missundaztood (2001) inspired Aguilera a lot.[12] She further commented, "I wasn't a big fan of the Dallas Austin songs, but I really, really loved the Linda Perry song".[12]

Songs and lyrical content[edit]

"Fighter" incorporates strong elements from rock,[14] and arena rock.[15] The song was inspired by Aguilera's unhappy childhood.[16]

"The Voice Within" is a ballad which talks about trusting oneself and inner beauty.[17]

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Lyrically, most of the songs from the album talk about the theme of self-respect,[18] while a few of them talk about sex andfeminism.[5] Its opening track, "Stripped Intro", describes her musical changes as she sings, "Sorry that I speak my mind/ Sorry don't do what I'm told".[5] The follow-up "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Lil' Kim is an R&B and hip hop song[5] which incorporates elements from dancehall toward its end.[19] Lyrically, it talks about the theme of feminism,[5] and was suggested that it is toward rapper Eminem[20] and Fred Durst.[5] The third track "Walk Away" is a piano ballad where she uses a "clever" metaphor to talk about an abusive relationship.[14] It is followed by the fourth track and third single from Stripped, "Fighter", which incorporates strong elements from rock[14][21] and arena rock.[15] It talks about a woman wants to thank a man who has done something wrong to her, and was inspired by Aguilera's unhappy childhood.[16] It is followed-up by the interlude "Prior Amor Interlude",[6] the flamenco-inspired "Infatuation",[13] and the interlude "Loves Embrace Interlude", respectively.[6]
The "gushingly romantic" "Loving Me 4 Me"[20] is a "sultry" ballad[14] with "classic" R&B genre.[13] The follow-ups "Impossible" featuring Keys incorporates a piano theme,[7] and "Underappreciated" talks about the pain of a break-up.[5] The piano ballad "Beautiful", which talks about the theme of self-respect, was deemed as the album's highlight by many critics, who praised its overall production.[15][19] The next track "Make Over" is a salsa and dance-rock song that features a "garage-rock beat" and "surf guitar.[21][22] It was sued in the United Kingdom for stealing Sugababes' "Overload",[23] The Guardian also noted similarities between the two songs.[20] Later, the ASCAP organization had added the songwriting credits of Sugababes to the song.[23] "Cruz" is a rock ballad,[24] while "Soar" speaks about not allowing anyone to stop one from pursuing one's dreams.[18] Two next tracks, "Get Mine, Get Yours" and "Dirrty" talk about the theme of sexual intercourse,[17] and have been described as "majestically filthy".[20] The latter is the remake of Redman's "Let's Get Dirty (I Can't Get in da Club)" (2001), and also features the rapper.[21] The follow-up is the interlude "Stripped Pt. 2".[6] The "swoony Celine-for-teen" ballad "The Voice Within" talks about trusting oneself.[17] "I'm OK" is a ballad which incorporates strings and discusses Aguilera's abusive childhood with her father,[5] and the final song from the album, "Keep on Singin' My Song", incorporates elements from drums and bass.[19]


"Dirrty" was serviced as the lead single from the album on September 14, 2002. Originally, Perry and Aguilera's management wanted to release "Beautiful" as the lead single.[21]However, Aguilera wanted to release a seriously "down and dirty" song to announce her comeback, so RCA Records decided to release it as the first single.[21] Upon its release, the song received mixed reviews from critics; some of whom criticized its sound and negatively compared it to Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U",[10][11] while the others chose it as a stand-out track from Stripped.[14] Its accompanying music video, directed by David LaChapelle, was criticized due to its sexual content,[25] and sparked protests in Thailand.[26]However, it was a worldwide hit, achieving certifications in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[27][28][29][30]
The follow-up single, "Beautiful", was written solely by Perry.[6] Rush-released following the controversial "Dirrty" on November 16, 2002, "Beautiful" garnered very positive response from critics.[10][11][14] Commercially, the single gained impact on charts worldwide, peaking within the top five in many countries,[31] as well as achieving certifications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[28][30][32][33] Its music video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, garnered positive reaction from media outlets by touching on anorexia nervosahomosexualitybullyingself-esteem and transgender issues.[34] The video was honored at the 14th GLAAD Media Awards due to its positive portrayal towards LGBT people.[34] "Beautiful" was listed as one of the greatest songs throughout the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone and VH1.[35][36]
"Fighter" was released as the third single from Stripped on March 13, 2003. The single was well received by most critics,[13][21] as well as managed chart success in several countries and achieved gold certification in the United States and Australia.[31][32][33] Its accompanying music clip, directed by Floria Sigismondi, was inspired by the director's dark theatrics and moths.[37] The next single, "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Kim, was released on July 8, 2003. It garnered mixed reviews from music journalism,[13][19] and gained moderate success commercially, achieving gold certification in Australia.[31][33] The final single from the album, "The Voice Within", was released October 27, 2003. Critics complimented the simple piano ballad, which talks about the theme of self-respect.[17][18] Both music videos for the two songs were directed by LaChapelle, who previously directed the clip for "Dirrty".[38][39] On March 14, 2008, the song "Walk Away" entered the Danish Tracklisten chart at number 35, despite not being released as a single.[40]


Live performances[edit]

Aguilera performing during The Stripped Tour (2003)
Promotion for Stripped started on October 28, 2002, when Aguilera appeared at Chicago radio station B96's Halloween Bash and performed four songs from the album, "Dirrty", "Get Mine, Get Yours", "Beautiful" and "Impossible".[41] The same day Aguilera performed "Beautiful" on the Late Show with David Letterman, wearing a black gown, a black fedora, and black heels.[42] She also performed "Dirrty" and "Beautiful" on Top of the Pops; later the show was broadcast in October 2002.[43] On November 1, 2002, Aguilera appeared on The Today Show and performed "Beautiful" and "Impossible".[44] On November 4, 2002, Aguilera was invited as a guest on The Daily Show to promote Stripped.[45] At the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards, Aguilera performed "Dirrty" with rapper Redman on November 14, 2002, racreating the stage as a boxing ring while entering the stage riding a motorcycle and wearing chaps during the performance, as seen in the music video for the song.[46] On December 15, 2002, she performed "Dirrty" during the 2002 VH1 Awards.[47] On January 13, 2003, Aguilera performed "Beautiful" and "Impossible" on the American Music Awards.[48]
Aguilera gave a performance of "Beautiful" on Saturday Night Live on March 15, 2003, where she also sang "Fighter".[49] At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Aguilera performed with MadonnaBritney Spears and Missy Elliott during the ceremony a medley of Madonna's songs "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" and Elliott's "Work It" on August 23, 2003.[50] Towards the end of "Hollywood", Madonna kissed both Aguilera and Spears during the performance, making huge tabloid stories and fuss from the public, and marking it as one of the most iconic performances from the MTV Video Music Awards history.[50] Later that night, she also performed "Dirrty" and "Fighter" with Redman and guitarist Dave Navarro.[50] On January 16, 2004, she performed "Walk Away" on the Late Show with David Letterman.[51] On February 8, 2004, Aguilera performed "Beautiful" at the 2004 Grammy Awards, where she also won a Grammy Award for the song.[52]


Aguilera also supported Stripped by embarking on two different tours. In summer 2003, Justin Timberlake and Aguilera embarked on the Justified and Stripped Tour, which took place in North America.[53] Talking about the tour, Timberlake revealed that "She's got one of the most amazing voices I've ever heard. That homegirl can sing ... this is why I am standing here".[54] Several tour dates were cancelled and rescheduled due to the collapse of lightning systems.[55] An extended play, entitled Justin & Christina, was released exclusively at Target Stores in July 2003 to promote the tour.[56] The CD contains four remixes of Aguilera and Timberlake's songs from their two albums, and two new tracks.[56]In late 2003, The Stripped Tour, the former's extension, happened without Timberlake's acts. The tour took place in Europe, Japan and Australia.[57][58][59] The former grossed total US$30,261,670, becoming the sixteenth highest-grossing tour of 2003.[60] In summer 2004, Aguilera was expected to return to North American during the second leg of the tour.[61] However, the 29 tour dates were cancelled in the last minute due to the singer's vocal strain.[62] To date, The Stripped Tour remains Aguilera's most successful tour.[61]On November 15, 2008, an accompanying video release of the tour, Stripped Live in the U.K., was released worldwide.[63] On December 8, 2004, a compilation album which includes Stripped and the DVD was released in the United Kingdom.[64]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[10]
The Guardian3/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[14]
Stylus MagazineF[19]
The Village Voice(unfavorable)[67]
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on 14 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[65] Billboard was positive toward the album, writing that the album is "a must-heard recording rich with pleasantly surprising depth".[15] In a mixed review, E! Online wrote, "If she had just shown up and sang her ass off, Stripped would've been a better show".[65] David Browne for Entertainment Weekly was also mixed toward the album, commenting that it is "overlong, 20-track workshop" that "communicates the overwhelming struggles she endured – while trying to become a superstar by age 18".[10] Josh Kun from Spin commented, "As an artistic statement, Stripped is all over the place–it's a move toward hip-hop, it's a move toward rock, it's ghetto, it's Disney".[17] Jancee Duncan of Rolling Stone provided a three-out-of-five-stars rating for the album, calling it an album for grown-ups, yet criticized its lack of musical concentration.[13] Blender wrote a mixed review, yet commenting that it is better than Britney Spears' works.[65] Writing for BBC Music, Jacqueline Hodges said that the album "is as full-on bold and over the top as most of Christina's outfits ... much of this seems to be an exercise in stretching the vocal chords to weak backing tracks".[68] Jim Wirth for NME commented that Stripped is a Mariah Carey album.[66] Sal Cinquemani fromSlant Magazine commented that the album is "so overproduced and overwrought that it could easily pass for a Janet album".[14]
In a negative way, The Village Voice criticized the album as a "nü-Mariah on mood stabilizers, extended with pseudo-pastiches of semi-popular songs".[67] Todd Burns for Stylus Magazine was also negative toward the album, giving it an "F" score and wrote, "in between ten to twelve mediocre/good songs, we have eight to ten songs that would be better served as B-sides".[19] Q provided a two-out-of-five-stars rating and commented that "Sadly, bra-burning rhetoric and gospel warbling make poor substitutes for addictive songs".[65] AllMusic's editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine also wrote a negative review, commenting that the album is "the sound of an artist who was given too much freedom too early and has no idea what to do with it".[11] Writing for The New York Times, Jon Pareles also provided a negative review, commenting that Stripped "is a blast of excess that risks alienating Ms. Aguilera's old fans without luring new ones, and it's bursting with misguided energy".[69]
Stripped garnered multiple Grammy Awards nominations. At the 2003 Grammy Awards, the lead single "Dirrty" gained a nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.[70] A year later, the album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, while "Beautiful" garnered one win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and one nomination for Song of the Year.[71] "Can't Hold Us Down" was also nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals that year.[71]

Commercial performance[edit]

Aguilera performing during The Stripped Tour (2003)
According to Nielsen SoundScanStripped debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 330,000 copies (only behindEminem's 8 Mile, which debuted at number one with first-week sales of 702,000 copies).[72] The album stayed on the chart until 2004,[8] and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[32] By December 2009, Nielsen SoundScan reported that Strippedhad sold 4,234,000 copies in the region, became her second highest-selling album in the United States, only behind Christina Aguilera, which had sold 8,207,000 copies.[73] As of August 2014, the album has sold over 4,383,000 copies in the country alone.[74] In Canada, Stripped debuted at number three on the Canadian Albums Chart with first-week sales of 14,000 copies,[75] and was eventually certified triple platinum by Music Canada.[76]
Elsewhere, Stripped also garnered commercial success. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 19,[77] and peaked at number two there.[78] It became Aguilera's best-performing album in the country, spending 102 weeks within the top 100 of the chart,[78] and was certified six times platinum by British Phonographic Industry.[30] Throughout Europe, Stripped also peaked within the top ten charts of several countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, and Norway.[79] Due to its success in the continent, Stripped was certified triple platinum by the European International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipping more than three millions copies in the region.[80] In Australia, the album garnered quadruple platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of 280,000 copies in the country,[81] despite only peaking at number seven on the chart.[79] As of June 2006, Stripped had sold over 12 million copies worldwide.[8]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Following its release and five successful singles, Stripped became one of Aguilera's strongest albums on charts. In the United States, the album became the tenth best-selling album of 2003, and Aguilera was ranked as the fifth most successful pop artist of the year.[82] She also became the most successful pop female act throughout the year, with six chart entries.[82] Likewise, Aguilera was the fourth most successful female musical act on the Billboard 200 chart, and the thirteenth overall.[82] For the five singles, the magazine ranked Aguilera as the second best-selling female singles artist on the Hot 100, only behind Beyoncé Knowles.[82] In the United Kingdom, the album became the 29th best-selling album there throughout the 2000s decade,[83] becoming the second highest-selling album by a US female artist in the country during the decade, only behind Norah JonesCome Away with Me.[83] As of 2011, the album had sold 1,850,852 copies alone in the UK, and was ranked at number 73 on the list of 100 best-selling albums in the United Kingdom during the same time.[84] As of October 2013, a total of 1,900,000 copies of Stripped were sold in the UK.[85]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workCategoryResultRef.
2003GLAAD Media Awards"Beautiful(music video)Special RecognizationWon[86]
Grammy Awards"Dirrty(featuring Redman)Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsNominated[87]
MOBO Awards"Dirrty" (music video)Video of the YearWon[88]
Q Awards"Dirrty" (featuring Redman)Song of the YearWon[89]
MTV Europe Music Awards"Beautiful"Best SongNominated[90]
StrippedBest AlbumNominated
MTV Video Music Awards"Dirrty" (music video)Best Female VideoNominated[91]
Best Pop VideoNominated
Best Dance VideoNominated
Best ChoreographyNominated
Teen Choice AwardStrippedChoice AlbumNominated[92]
2004Grammy Awards"Beautiful"Best Female Pop Vocal PerformanceWon[71][93]
"Can't Hold Us Down(featuring Lil' Kim)Best Pop Collaboration with VocalsNominated
StrippedBest Pop Vocal AlbumNominated
Brit AwardsStrippedBest International AlbumNominated[94]
Juno AwardsStrippedBest International AlbumNominated[95][96]
"Fighter" (music video)Video of the YearWon
MTV Video Music Awards"The Voice Within(music video)Best Female VideoNominated[97]
Best CinematographyNominated
Viewer's ChoiceNominated

Track listing[edit]

1."Stripped Intro"  1:39
2."Can't Hold Us Down(featuring Lil' Kim)
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
3."Walk Away"  
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Morris
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
5."Primer Amor Interlude"  0:53
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Morris
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
7."Loves Embrace Interlude"  0:46
8."Loving Me 4 Me"  
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Morris
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
9."Impossible"  Alicia KeysKeys4:14
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Morris
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
11."Beautiful"  Linda PerryPerry3:58
12."Make Over"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
  • Aguilera
  • Rob Hoffman
  • Heather Holley
  • Hoffman
  • Holley
15."Get Mine, Get Yours"  
  • Morales
  • Muhammad[a]
16."Dirrty(featuring Redman)
17."Stripped Pt. 2"  0:45
18."The Voice Within"  
19."I'm OK"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
20."Keep on Singin' My Song"  
  • Aguilera
  • Storch
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the liner notes of Stripped.[6]
  • Christina Aguilera – executive producer, vocal producer, writer, composerpiano
  • E. Dawk – vocal producer, co-writer
  • Ron Fair – executive producer, A&R
  • Scott Storch – producer, writer, composer
  • Linda Perry – producer, writer, composer, engineer
  • Rob Hoffman – producer, writer, composer
  • Heather Holley – producer, writer, composer
  • Steve Morales – producer, writer, composer,
  • Alicia Keys – producer, writer, composer
  • Glen Ballard – producer, writer, composer
  • Rockwilder – producer
  • Jasper Cameron – writer, composer
  • Balewa Muhammad – writer, composer
  • R. Noble – writer, composer
  • David Siegel – writer, composer,
  • D. Stinson – writer, composer
  • Matt Morris – writer
  • Tony Black – recording
  • Oscar Ramirez – recording
  • Wassim Zreik – recording
  • Shane Stoner – recording
  • David Guerrero – engineer, assistant mix engineer
  • Dylan Dresdow – engineer, mix engineer
  • Andrew Chavez – assistant engineer, assistant mix engineer
  • Davy Vain – assistant engineer, pro tools engineer
  • Brian Douglas – assistant engineer
  • Alex Gibson – assistant engineer
  • Jay Goin – assistant engineer
  • Mark Kizula – assistant engineer
  • Aaron Leply – assistant engineer
  • John Morichal – assistant engineer
  • Rafael Serrano – assistant engineer
  • Kevin Szymanski – assistant engineer
  • Scott Whitting – assistant engineer
  • Tony Maserati – mixing
  • Peter Mokran – mixing
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • Rich Balmer – assistant mix engineer
  • Tony Flores – assistant mix engineer
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – assistant mix engineer
  • Jamie Sickora – assistant mix engineer
  • Ethan Willoughby – assistant mix engineer
  • Jolie Levine-Aller – production coordinator
  • Stephanie Kubiak – production assistant
  • Joann Tominaga – music contractor
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Jeri Heiden – art direction & design
  • Glen Nakasako – art direction & design
  • Miranda Penn Turin – photography
  • Christina Aguilera – vocalsbackground vocals, vocals producer & arranger
  • Lil' Kim – vocals, flow
  • Redman – vocals, flow
  • E. Dawk – vocals producer & arranger, choir vocals arrangement
  • Balewa Muhammad – vocals producer and arranger
  • Alicia Keys – background vocals, piano, other instruments
  • Maxi Anderson – background vocals, choir vocals arrangement,
  • Alexandra Brown – background vocals
  • Crystal Drummer – background vocals
  • Charlean Hines – background vocals
  • Erica King – background vocals
  • Nolie Robinson – background vocals
  • Alfie Sillas – background vocals
  • Toya Smith – background vocals
  • Maxine Waters-Willard – background vocals
  • Linda Perry – bassguitar, piano, strings arrangement & conductionmusic programming
  • Alex Al – bass
  • Uriah Duffy – bass
  • Mike Elizondo – bass
  • Rufus Jackson – bass
  • Tarus Mateen – bass
  • Steve Morales – drum programming, arranger
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Brian Frasier-Moore – drums
  • Kameron Houff – drums
  • Paul John – drums
  • Brian McLeod – drums
  • Mike Stinson – drums
  • Ahmir Thompson – drums
  • Darryl Dixon – horns
  • Gary Grant – horns
  • Jerry Hey – horns
  • Daniel Higgins – horns
  • Fred Maxwell – horns
  • Bill Reichenbach – horns
  • David Watson – horns
  • Rob Hoffman – guitar, programming, orchestral percussion, rhodes
  • Glen Ballard – guitar, arranger, keyboardist,
  • Aaron Fishbein – guitar, electric guitar
  • John Goux – guitar
  • Michael Landau – guitar
  • Dave Navarro – guitar
  • Arthur White – guitar
  • Dwayne Wiggins – guitar
  • Ramon Stagnaro – acoustic guitar
  • Damon Fox – keyboards
  • Randy Kerber – keyboards
  • David Siegel – keyboards
  • Greg Phillinganes – piano
  • Richard Dodd – cello
  • Lily Haydn – violaviolin
  • Shanti Randall – viola
  • Eric Gorfain – violin
  • Larry Gold – strings arrangement & conduction
  • Ron Fair – strings arrangement
  • Bill Ross – orchestra arrangement
  • Anson Dawkins – choir vocals arrangement
  • Eric Dawkins – choir vocals arrangement



List of singles, with selected chart positions, certifications, and sales
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertifications
(featuring Redman)
"Can't Hold Us Down(featuring Lil' Kim)125132095102116
"The Voice Within"33871013461639


Argentina (CAPIF)[136]Platinum40,000x
Australia (ARIA)[81]4× Platinum280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[137]Platinum30,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[138]Gold50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[76]3× Platinum300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[139]Platinum50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[140]Platinum300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[141]Gold50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[142]Gold[143]100,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[144]Platinum20,000x
Mexico (AMPROFON)[145]Gold75,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[146]2× Platinum30,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[147]Platinum40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[112]Gold50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[148]Platinum60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[149]Platinum40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30]6× Platinum1,900,000[85]
United States (RIAA)[32]4× Platinum4,383,000[74]
Europe (IFPI)[80]3× Platinum3,000,000*
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

CountryRelease dateFormatLabel
Italy[150]October 25, 2002Compact discRCA Records
New Zealand[151]October 26, 2002Sony Music Entertainment
United Kingdom[152]
Germany[153]October 28, 2002RCA Records
Japan[154]Sony Music Entertainment
Canada[155]October 29, 2002
France[156]RCA Records
United States[157]

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