Back to Basics (Christina Aguilera album)

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Back to Basics
Studio album by Christina Aguilera
Released August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Recorded January 2005 – April 2006
Genre
Length 78:43
Label RCA
Producer
Christina Aguilera chronology
  • Back to Basics
  • (2006)
Singles from Back to Basics
  1. "Ain't No Other Man"
    Released: June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
  2. "Hurt"
    Released: September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19)
  3. "Candyman"
    Released: February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)
  4. "Slow Down Baby"
    Released: July 24, 2007 (2007-07-24)
  5. "Oh Mother"
    Released: November 23, 2007 (2007-11-23)

Back to Basics is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, released on August 11, 2006 by RCA Records as a double album. Serving as executive producer, she enlisted collaborators including DJ Premier, Rich Harrison, Rob Lewis, Mark Ronson, and Linda Perry. Recording sessions began in January 2005 and ended in April 2006, taking place at Chalice Recording Studios and Record Plant.

Inspired by her 1920s–1940s idols, including Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald, Aguilera sought to bring old-school jazz, blues and soul inspirations with a modernized style into Back to Basics. Primarily a pop and R&B record, the first disc blends old-school and modern R&B with hip hop and urban elements with most songs employing horn samples, while the second disc contains all live-recorded tracks (with the exception of "Candyman"). Lyrically, the album is inspired by real-life events Aguilera had experienced, including her marriage with Jordan Bratman in 2005.

To portray a new persona, Aguilera adopted her new alter ego, Baby Jane, and made several changes to her public appearance, inspired by classic Hollywood movie stars. She promoted the album by performing at concerts from mid-2006 to early-2007, including the 2006 MTV Movie Awards and the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The album's supporting tour Back to Basics Tour, which visited countries in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Middle East, lasted from late-2006 until late-2008. Back to Basic spawned three international singles: "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman".[note 1]

Back to Basics received positive reviews from music critics who complimented its musical diversity from Aguilera's previous albums while there were others who criticized its length. The record received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, and its lead single "Ain't No Other Man" won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007. In its first week of release, the album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 346,000 copies. Back to Basics achieved similar success internationally, reaching the top spot in over fifteen countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The album has sold 1.7 million copies in the US, and 4.5 million units worldwide.

Background[edit]

At the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004, Aguilera announced that she was going to work on a follow-up album to Stripped (2002).[4] She stated her main idea for the project was to "evolve as an artist and a visionary",[5] which was taken from a poem she wrote during The Stripped Tour (2003).[6] In an interview with Billboard magazine, Aguilera expressed dissatisfaction with contemporary music, as technology "has advanced itself so anybody can be a singer".[6] Thus, Aguilera took musical inspirations from old-school jazz, blues and soul records performed by her 1920s-1940s idols including Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald,[7] which she viewed as "music that really had heart".[6]

To create a "throwback" with elements of old-school genres combined with "a modern-day twist",[5] Aguilera sent letters to different producers that she hoped could help her with the direction she was taking for the project, encouraging them to experiment, re-invent and create a modern soul feel.[8] She initially planned to condense the album into a single, more "affordable" disc, however she expanded Back to Basics as a double album.[5] For the first disc, Aguilera collaborated with hip hop producers including DJ Premier, Rich Harrison, Kwamé, and Mark Ronson for the first time.[9] Most songs from the first half incorporate horn samples to create "gritty and old" sounds.[10] DJ Premier questioned if Aguilera was familiar with his work, though she had known of his jazz-influenced work with Gang Starr in late-1980s and early-1990s.[11] In response, Aguilera wanted her album to draw inspirations from Premier's song "Jazz Thing" and noted that their collaboration became his first time "venturing into the 'pop' world".[11]

For the "1920s and 1930s-era vibe"-influenced second disc, Aguilera teamed up with longtime producer Linda Perry, who produced Aguilera's previous album Stripped.[10] In contrast to the first half disc, the second one consists of all live recordings without using samples[5] (with the exception of "Candyman" featuring a sample of "Tarzan & Jane Swingin' on a Vine").[9] Recording sessions of the project began in January 2005 and ended in April 2006, taking place at Chalice Recording Studios and The Record Plant in Hollywood, California.[12] All songs from Back to Basics were recorded using Pro Tools HD3 program and done with a SSL J9000 console with 96 inputs.[12] Aguilera's vocals were recorded through a Telefunken ELAM 251 with an Avalon M-5 microphone.[12] Producer Scott Storch, who contributed to Aguilera's previous album Stripped, was asked to return for the production of Back to Basics.[13] However, he refused the offer when Aguilera declined to pay airfare for him and his entourage to fly out to Los Angeles, which led to a breakdown of their relationship.[13] Subsequently, Aguilera included the song "F.U.S.S." ("Fuck You Scott Storch") on the album,[14] which Storch viewed as "pathetic".[15]

Composition[edit]

Musical style and influences[edit]

A 24-second sample of "Makes Me Wanna Pray" from the first disc, incorporating a gospel choir and lyrically inspired by Aguilera's marriage with Jordan Bratman.[16][17]

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According to Aguilera and the production team, Back to Basics draws influences from 1920s-1940s jazz, blues and soul genres.[6] However, music critics identified the record as a pop[18] and R&B[19] album with similarities to 1960s, 1970s and 1980s albums.[20] Dorian Lyskey writing for The Guardian thought that the album's concept "is so wide as to be meaningless",[21] while Serene Dominic from Phoenix New Times compared Back to Basics' musical style to rock band The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album.[20]

The first half disc incorporates strong elements from hip hop,[6] urban,[16] blending old-school and modern R&B.[22] It features horn samples and gospel choirs, making it sound like "a dusty old vinyl album", according to Jenny Eliscu from Rolling Stone.[23] Most songs from the disc employ samples, with the exception of "Without You", "Still Dirrty" and "F.U.S.S."[9] "Makes Me Wanna Pray" featuring Steve Winwood features a gospel choir in its arrangement,[16] while the pop/R&B[24] and funk[21] number "Ain't No Other Man" features "aerobic oomph" that is similar to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love".[21] "Understand" is an R&B ballad,[25] featuring soul influences that are similar to ballads done by Gladys Knight,[21] while "Slow Down Baby" blends old-school and modern R&B with hip hop and soul elements.[25][26] The three follow-ups "Oh Mother", "On Our Way", and "Without You" are the three piano ballads from disc one.[25] "Still Dirrty" was described as a "filthy ghetto strut" with hip hop elements.[27]

The second disc of Back to Basics opens with "Enter the Circus", described as a "carnival-creepy orchestration that sounds like Danny Elfman soundtracking Cabaret" by Tampa Bay Times,[28] and followed by the soft rock-inspired "Welcome".[27] "Candyman" draws inspirations from jazz, blues[25] and swing,[16] and was musically inspired by The Andrews Sisters' 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".[23] Similarly, "Nasty Naughty Boy" also contains elements of jazz and blues[25] and features "blaring horn section" in its arrangement.[24] On "I Got Trouble", Aguilera sings over a blues-inspired theme[29] that is reminiscent of songs by Bessie Smith.[17] "Mercy on Me" features gospel elements,[29] while the acoustic track "Save Me from Myself" is inspired by country-rock genre, different from any other tracks on Back to Basics.[22]

Lyrical content[edit]

Most songs from Back to Basics were inspired by real-life events that Aguilera had experienced.[5] The track "Oh Mother" talks about Aguilera's childhood with her abusive father; its lyrical theme was compared to Madonna's "Oh Father" (1989).[30] Her marriage with Jordan Bratman was the main theme of the album, with tracks inspired by the event including "Makes Me Wanna Pray",[17] "Ain't No Other Man",[5] "On Our Way", "Without You",[31] "Mercy on Me",[32] "Save Me from Myself" and "The Right Man".[24] On "The Right Man", Aguilera expresses that she has found "the right man" for her imagined daughter as she hopes that the child would not have to experience an abusive childhood like her, "One day, My little girl will reach out her hand and she'll know I found the right man".[33]

Aguilera expresses excitement toward old-school music on "Back in the Day", where she names classic artists including Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Coltrane and Aretha Franklin.[17] "F.U.S.S." (which stands for "Fuck You Scott Storch"),[14] is directly toward producer Scott Storch, who didn't accept Aguilera's offer to produce Back to Basics: "Looks like I didn't need you / Still got the album out".[32] In the lyrics of "Slow Down Baby", Aguilera tells a "lusty" man to leave her alone as she sings, "If you knew anything you'd realise I'm wearing a ring".[34] "Still Dirrty" was described as a sequel to Aguilera's 2002 single "Dirrty", in which Aguilera sings about her "sexual independence", "Why is a woman's sexuality always under so much scrutiny / Why can't she do exactly as she please"[17] and claims that she's "still got the nasty" in her.[23] "Here to Stay" tells how Aguilera is "not just a flash in the pan pop starlet",[24] while "Thank You (Dedication to Fans...)" features voice mails from Aguilera's fans, such as "You're so amazing" or "You inspired me to carry on living..."[35]

Releases and marketing[edit]

An image of Aguilera on the booklet of Back to Basics, inspired by classic Hollywood movie stars.[36]

In mid-2006, Virgin Media reported that Back to Basics would be released on August 14 that year in the United States.[36] Later, Back to Basics was planned to be released on August 15, 2006 in the region, according to TMZ.[37] The album was leaked in full on August 3.[37]

Aguilera decided to portray her different image and persona from her previous stage name Xtina by adopting a new alter ego called Baby Jane,[38] named after a character of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.[39] She also changed her public appearance as she removed her piercings,[40] and dyed her hair platinum blonde,[41] inspired by classic Hollywood movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard and Greta Garbo.[36] The album's photography was taken by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth during three days; on the first and second days, the photos were shot at the Hollywood Dell hotel.[42] Aguilera and von Unwerth moved to Forty Deuce in Hollywood to take images inspired by 1920s burlesque clubs on the last day of the session.[42] The album's cover artwork was revealed in late-June 2006, featuring Aguilera with bright red lipstick and curly blonde hair dressed in white and lounging on a bed.[36][42] Greg Kot from The Baltimore Sun labelled the cover as "a classy retro look, a sign that [Aguilera] is ready for her close-up as the leading lady of the teen brat pack that emerged in the late '90s".[43]

The first track from the album to be made available to the public was "Ain't No Other Man", which was released as the lead single to US contemporary hit radio on June 6, 2006.[44] Aguilera was featured in Pepsi's commercial advertisement, which used "Here to Stay", a track from Back to Basics as its main theme.[45] Shot in multiple territories including Saudi Arabia, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and in India,[46] the 60-second advertisement premiered on July 14, 2006 worldwide.[47] Alongside the commercial, "Here to Stay" was available for digital download on mobile phones as a promotional record to Aguilera's then-upcoming album.[47] "Hurt" and "Candyman" were serviced as the album's second and third international singles on September 17, 2006,[48] and February 20, 2007,[44] respectively. "Slow Down Baby" was released in Australia only on July 28, 2007,[1] while "Oh Mother" was released in several European territories only in late-2007.[2][3] In January 2008, Aguilera released a music video for the track "Save Me from Myself", following Aguilera giving birth to her son Max Bratman.[49]

Promotion[edit]

Aguilera began her promotion of Back to Basics with a live performance of "Ain't No Other Man" at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards on June 8, 2006.[50] On July 20, Aguilera held a 40-minute concert at Camden Palace Theatre in London, where she performed five songs from her then-upcoming album and two previous singles.[51] On August 16, Aguilera held a release party for the album in New York City.[52] Aguilera performed "Hurt" at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards on August 31.[53] On September 8, she performed "Candyman" and "Bennie and the Jets" at the Fashion Rocks charity event, the latter was a duet with Elton John.[54][55] Aguilera also sang "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett on Saturday Night Live on November 11, 2006.[56] "Hurt" was also sung on the "NBC Christmas Thanksgiving Special" in November,[57] and the German television series Wetten, dass..? in December of that year.[58] On December 31, 2006, Aguilera appeared on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and performed "Candyman" and "Fighter".[59]

On February 10, 2007, Aguilera sang "Makes Me Wanna Pray" and "Candyman" at the "Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Awards Party".[60] She performed "Candyman" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[61] During 2006 and 2007, Aguilera visited Asia, Europe, and Oceania during her Back to Basics Tour.[62] It was promoted by the mobile phone network Orange and Sony Ericsson.[63] The eighty-show tour received positive reviews from critics, who complimented it as the strongest of her career.[64] Grossing over $90 million worldwide,[65] it became the ninth highest-grossing tour ever for a female artist and the most profitable world tour by a female artist in 2007.[66] In February 2008, the Back to Basics: Live and Down Under DVD was released.[67]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (69/100)[68]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[69]
Entertainment Weekly B+[18]
The Observer 3/5 stars[22]
PopMatters (7/10)[19]
Robert Christgau (dud)[70]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[23]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[25]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[71]
Stylus Magazine B[16]
Yahoo! Music (8/10)[27]

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Back to Basics received an average score of 69, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 17 reviews.[68] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic appreciated the album's production, commenting that the project was "all the more impressive" coming after the "near career suicide of Stripped".[69] Entertainment Weekly '​s Jody Rosen opined that Aguilera "can make her own glorious kind of 21st-century noise" and compared Aguilera's vocal ability on the album to that of Mariah Carey.[18] Mike Joseph of PopMatters felt that Aguilera "still shouts at times when a coo will do", but felt that her choice in collaborators made for an "ultimately rewarding listen".[19] Sputnikmusic's Amanda Murray noted Back to Basics as another "transitional" and "innovative" record for Aguilera.[19] Lucy Davies from BBC Music said that Aguilera has a "stunning voice", but stated that she could be more varied by cutting out some of the "y-e-e-eeeh, woah yeh's" on the second album.[35]

Thomas Innskeep from Stylus Magazine preferred the first disc of the album over the "ridiculously overblown ballads" on the second disc, adding that Back to Basics was "one of 2006's best when Linda Perry’s fingerprints aren’t present".[16] Similarly, Yahoo! Music's Dan Gennoe described the first disc as a "low-down and dirty masterpiece", but said the second disc found Aguilera "crashing straight back down again".[27] Paul Flynn from The Observer provided a mixed review, saying that the beginning of the album was "all craft and very little heart"; however, he found the collaborations between her and Perry to be "deeply cinematic".[22] Rolling Stone '​s Jenny Eliscu opined that the release was "overindulgent and self-important", but would have been "masterful" had it been condensed into a single disc.[23] Kelefa Sanneh from The New York Times gave a mixed review, stating that it "contains a roughly even number of great songs and lousy ones", and sait that "her homages to World War II-era pop music resemble skits more than songs".[72] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine criticized Aguilera for using a sexual image to overshadow her vocals, but commented that Back to Basics was more "cohesive" than Stripped.[25] Robert Christgau provided a negative review, classifying the album as a "dud" ((dud)).[70]

The album received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards and won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man".[73] The following year, "Candyman" was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[74] In 2006, Back to Basics was named the Best Pop Album of the Year by iTunes.[75] In June 2008, Entertainment Weekly listed the album at number 80 of the 100 best albums of the last twenty-five years.[76] By late 2009, British magazine Daily Mail listed Back to Basics at number 17 on the list of 50 best albums of the 2000s decade.[77]

Commercial performance[edit]

Aguilera performing "Ain't No Other Man" on her Back to Basics Tour (2006-07).

Upon its release, Back to Basics reached number one in over fifteen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.[78] With 346,000 in first-week sales,[79] the album debuted atop the US Billboard 200. It remained on the chart for forty-four weeks, falling off after a final position of number 164. The album placed at numbers 59 and 73 on the Billboard 200 Year-End charts in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[80][81] Additionally, Back to Basics debuted at number two on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album, spending forty-six weeks on the chart.[82] The album went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of one million copies. With sales of 24,000, Back to Basics also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart.[83] It attained a triple platinum certification there, reaching 300,000 sales.[84]

Back to Basics achieved similar success in Europe, peaking at number one on the European Top 100 Albums chart.[85] In the United Kingdom, it became Aguilera's first album to debut atop the UK Albums Chart.[86] It charted for thirty-three weeks in the top seventy-five,[87] and was eventually certified platinum in the country.[88] The album placed at numbers 56 and 127 on the UK Albums Chart's year-end list for 2006 and 2007, respectively.[86][89] It debuted at number five on the Greek Albums Chart and charted for seven weeks in total.[90] In Finland, Back to Basics charted for eighteen weeks on the country's official albums chart, peaking at number six.[91] It debuted at number ten on the French Albums Chart, where it spent fifty-two weeks. The album proved be less successful on the Portuguese Albums Chart, where it peaked at number 26 and charted for two weeks.[91]

The album achieved success in major markets in Oceania. It debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart and charted for forty weeks, while debuting at number two on the New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart and charting for twenty-seven.[91] The album reached numbers 45 and 34 on Australia's year-end charts in 2006 and 2007, respectively;[92][93] while charting at 43 in New Zealand in 2007.[94] Back to Basics went on the reach double platinum certification in the former and platinum in the latter. Japan became the only Asian market where Back to Basics, where it debuted at number seven on the Japanese Oricon Main Albums Chart with first-week sales of 32,241 units.[95] It was later certified gold in the country for shipments of 100,000 copies.[96] The album has sold 4.5 million copies worldwide as of 2010.[97]

Track listing[edit]

  • Credits are taken from Back to Basics booklet.[9]
Back to BasicsDisc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Back to Basics)"  
1:47
2. "Makes Me Wanna Pray" (featuring Steve Winwood)
  • Harrison
  • Aguilera[a]
4:10
3. "Back in the Day"  
  • Aguilera
  • Martin
  • DioGuardi
  • Don Costa
  • Jimmy Castor
  • Langdon Fridle, Jr.
  • Douglas Gibson
  • Harry Jensen
  • Robert Manigault
  • Gerald Thomas
  • DJ Premier
  • Aguilera[a]
4:13
4. "Ain't No Other Man"  
  • Aguilera
  • Martin
  • DioGuardi
  • Charles Martin Roane
  • Harold Beatty
3:49
5. "Understand"  
Kwamé 3:46
6. "Slow Down Baby"  
  • Ronson
  • Aguilera[a]
3:29
7. "Oh Mother"  
  • Big Tank
  • Q
  • L Boggie[b]
  • Aguilera[a]
3:47
8. "F.U.S.S."  
  • Aguilera
  • Roane
  • DioGuardi
  • Roane
  • Aguilera[a]
2:21
9. "On Our Way"  
  • Aguilera
  • D. Thornton
  • Rankin
  • L. Thornton
  • DioGuardi
  • Big Tank
  • Q
  • L Boggie[b]
  • Aguilera[a]
3:37
10. "Without You"  
  • Aguilera
  • DioGuardi
  • Ronson
  • Lewis
  • Ronson
  • Aguilera[a]
3:57
11. "Still Dirrty"  
  • Aguilera
  • Martin
  • DioGuardi
  • DJ Premier
  • Aguilera[a]
3:46
12. "Here to Stay"  
  • Aguilera
  • Heather Holley
  • Tony Reyes
  • Ben H. Allen
  • George Henry Jackson
  • Reyes
  • Allen
  • Aguilera[a]
3:20
13. "Thank You (Dedication to Fans...)"  
  • DJ Premier
  • Aguilera[a]
4:59
Total length:
46:55
Back to BasicsDisc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Enter the Circus"  
Perry 1:42
2. "Welcome"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
  • Ronson
  • Paul Ill
Perry 2:43
3. "Candyman"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:14
4. "Nasty Naughty Boy"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 4:45
5. "I Got Trouble"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:42
6. "Hurt"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
  • Ronson
Perry 4:03
7. "Mercy on Me"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 4:33
8. "Save Me from Myself"  
Perry 3:13
9. "The Right Man"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:51
Total length:
31:47
Notes
Sampling credits
  • "Intro (Back to Basics)" contains a sample of "The Thrill is Gone (Live)", as performed by B.B. King, The Crusaders and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • "Makes Me Wanna Pray" contains a sample from "Glad", as performed by Traffic.
  • "Back in the Day" contains samples from "Charley", as performed by Don Costa Orchestra, and "Troglodyte", as performed by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.
  • "Ain't No Other Man" contains samples from "Happy Skippy Moon Strut", as performed by Moon People, and "The Cissy's Thang", as performed by The Soul Seven.
  • "Understand" contains a sample from "Nearer to You", as performed by Betty Harris.
  • "Slow Down Baby" contains samples from "Window Raisin' Granny", as performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips and "So Seductive", as performed by Tony Yayo.
  • "Oh Mother" contains a sample from "Vois Sur Ton Chemin", written by Bruno Coluais and Christopher Barratler.
  • "On Our Way" contains a sample from "Sentimentale", as performed by Claude Bolling.
  • "Here to Stay" contains a sample from "The Best Thing You Ever Had", as performed by Candi Staton.
  • "Thank You (Dedication to Fans...)" contains samples from "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Genie in a Bottle", as performed by Aguilera, and "Think Big", as performed by Pudgie the Fat Bastard featuring The Notorious B.I.G. The track also features fan club recordings by Shane Burrows, Jessica Cavanaugh, She-Tara Franklin, Michael Holmin, Warren Keller, Antoinette Litte, Gustavo Medina, Sarah Anne Moore, Joshua Pospisil, Cory Steale, Durant Searcy, Samantha Silver, Tammy Simpson and Shanna Nicole Wiles.
  • "Candyman" contains a sample from "Tarzan & Jane Swingin' on a Vine" from Run To Cadence With U.S. Marines.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[98]

  • Christina Aguilera – vocals, background vocals, songwriting, executive producer
  • Jim McMillen – trombone
  • Chris Tedesco – trumpet, horn contractor
  • Ray Herrmann – saxophone
  • Glen Berger – saxophone
  • Tracie Burton – vocal scratches on Back in the Day
  • Kara DioGuardi – vocal scratches on Back in the Day
  • DJ Premier – vocal scratches on Back in the Day
  • Paul Ill – bass
  • Rob Lewis – guitar, bass, vocal producer
  • Linda Perry, guitar, bass, mellotron, songwriting
  • Tony Reyes – bass, keyboards
  • Mark Ronson – guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Francis Senger – double bass
  • Jason Torreano – double bass
  • Bill Bottrell – guitar
  • Eric Schermerhorn – guitar
  • Management of Production of Sound – DJ Premier, Kwamé, Linda Perry, Rich Harrison, Mark Ronson, Big Tank & Q
  • Additional Micro-Management – Christina Aguilera (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 from Disc One).
  • Mastering – Brian Gardner
  • Engineers – Tal Herzberg, Linda Perry, Oscar Ramirez, Charles Martin Roane, Mark Ronson & DJ Premier
  • Assistant Engineer – Kristofer Kaufman, Alan Mason & Chris Wonzer
  • A&R – Ron Fair
  • Photography – Ellen von Unwerth
  • Art Direction & Design – Linda Perry

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[114] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[115] Gold 15,000x
Belgium (BEA)[116] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[84] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Czech Republic[117] Gold 5,000
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[118] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[119] Gold 100,965[120]*
Germany (BVMI)[121] Platinum 200,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[122] Gold 7,500*
Hungary (Mahasz)[123] Platinum 20,000x
Ireland (IRMA)[124] 3× Platinum 45,000x
Italy (FIMI)[125] Gold 40,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[96] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[126] Platinum 15,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[127] Gold 35,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[128] Gold 10,000*
Russia (NFPF)[129] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Singapore (RIAS)[122] Platinum 10,000
Sweden (GLF)[130] Gold 30,000^
South Korea[122] Gold 15,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[131] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[132] Platinum 522,696^
United States (RIAA)[133] Platinum 1,712,000[134]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[135] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Germany[136] August 11, 2006 CD, LP, digital download Sony Music
Italy[137] CD RCA Records
Denmark[138] August 14, 2006 CBS Records
France[139] CD, LP, digital download RCA Records
Hong Kong[140] CD
Sweden[141]
United Kingdom[142] CD, LP, digital download Sony Music
United States[143] August 15, 2006 RCA Records
Japan[144] CD, LP
Canada[145] Sony Music
Brazil[146] August 25, 2006 CD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Slow Down Baby" was only released as a single in Australia,[1] while "Oh Mother" was only released as a single in several European territories.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Christina Aguilera Arrives In Town This Week!". Sony Music Australia. July 12, 2007. Archived from the original on September 4, 2007. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Oh Mother [Single]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Oh Mother by Christina Aguilera" (in German). iTunes Store (DE). Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
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