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Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Christina Aguilera and Cher
Released November 19, 2010 (2010-11-19)
Recorded 2009–10
Length 31:53
Label RCA
Producer
Christina Aguilera chronology
Bionic
(2010)
Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2010)
Lotus
(2012)
Cher chronology
Gold
(2005)
Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2010)
Closer to the Truth
(2013)

Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the film of the same name by two American recording artists Christina Aguilera and Cher. It was released on November 19, 2010 by RCA Records. The soundtrack was produced by a range of producers, notably Linda Perry, Ron Fair, Samuel Dixon and Tricky Stewart.

Musically, Burlesque is a soundtrack in the form of upbeat songs and piano-driven ballads. Upon its release, the album was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised Aguilera's songs and the comeback of Cher with "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me". Some of them deemed it as the sequel to Aguilera's 2006 studio album, Back to Basics. Burlesque won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 2011 ceremony for "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" by Cher. Another song from the album, "Bound to You" by Aguilera, was also nominated for the same category there.

Commercially, the soundtrack was a commercial success; peaking at number eighteen on the US Billboard 200 chart, while reaching the top ten of several countries including Australia, Japan and New Zealand. As of February 2013, Burlesque has sold over 640,000 copies in the US alone. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Background[edit]

Around 2010, Aguilera announced the supporting concert tour for her sixth studio album, Bionic.[1] At the same period, Aguilera was working on her film project, Burlesque.[2] Thus, on May 24, 2010, Aguilera postponed the tour until 2011. In a message on her website and from tour promoter Live Nation, Aguilera stated that due to the excessive promotion of the album and her then upcoming film debut, she felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour, it was not possible to create and perform a show at the level that her fans expect from her.[3][4] However, the tour was never rescheduled and promotion on Bionic ended shortly thereafter.

On the accompanying soundtrack for the film, Aguilera performed eight out of ten tracks, as she had worked with a range of songwriters and producers, including Tricky Stewart.[5] Stewart was the co-writer and producer of two songs, "Show Me How You Burlesque" and "Express", and also produced a number of tracks, including "Something's Got a Hold on Me", "Tough Lover" and "But I Am a Good Girl".[6] During an interview with Billboard, the producer stated that the collaboration on Burlesque was "a crazy opportunity different from anything he've ever done before".[5] Songwriter Claude Kelly, the co-writer of two songs from the soundtrack, was also invited.[6][7] Two songwriters, Sia Furler and Samuel Dixon, were co-writers with Aguilera on the piano ballad, "Bound to You".[8] Longtime producer with Aguilera, Linda Perry was the producer of "Guy What Takes His Time".[6][9] A&R executive of the label RCA, Ron Fair, co-wrote the song "The Beautiful People (from Burlesque)".[6][9] Also on Burlesque, Cher was the performer of two left tracks. One of them, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", was written by Diane Warren and produced by Matt Serletic.[6][10]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
Billboard (favorable)[12]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[13]

The album received positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commented that it was Aguilera' musical return since Bionic and back to the stages of her studio album Back to Basics. He notes the production values on the soundtrack and the success of the compositions, he then says "Some of this stuff is quite good, particularly when Christina swings her hips to Etta's lead, bringing to mind the zest of 'Ain't No Other Man'".[11] Slant Magazine's Eric Henderson called the album "a collection of post-disco boogie remakes and recreations", commenting about Aguilera, "But there's way more fission from the numbers that recast her as a bionic Lady Marmalade: the nasty, buzzing bump-and-grind 'Express' and a truly bizarre BPM cover of Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" that even Baz Luhrmann may have suggested was "a little much".[13] The New York Daily News gave the album a mixed review saying "Cher puts every one of her sixty-four years into this number, coming out with a signature song that's in no way camp and in all ways thrilling", however they also said "Regardless of the material at hand, though, Christina constantly throws her voice around with such generic abandon, it speaks not of emotion but of athletics".[14] Billboard's Kerri Mason gave the album a positive review, saying it showcased Aguilera's "distinctive flair for the big band style", adding that her second collaboration with Sia Furler, on the song "Bound to You", "rings just as true as their first, on Bionic".[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at number eighteen selling 63,000 copies in its first week[16] and debuted on the Digital Albums Chart at number 4.[17] On the week of release of the film on DVD, the album topped the Billboard Top Soundtrack Albums.[18] In Australia, the soundtrack peaked at number two, becoming Aguilera's second highest peaking album in such country only behind Back to Basics which peaked at number one. It was certified Gold for selling over 35,000 copies in June 2011.[19] In Japan, "Burlesque" was the best selling soundtrack album of the year selling 100,000 copies.[20] In Canada, the album peaked at number sixteen and it was later certified Gold for having sold over 40,000 units.[21] In United States, the soundtrack was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies in October 2011[22] and has sold 640,000 copies as of February 2013.[23]

Promotion[edit]

Several teasers were released for promotional purposes including the Etta James classic "Something Got a Hold On Me".[24] This was then followed by the track "But I Am a Good Girl" which was released in November 2010. Cher's track "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" was also released as a promotional teaser, the track has been met with a good reception, About.com said that the track felt like "an instant classic" and they also commented on how the stripped down production method "leaves a bit of raw feel to Cher's performance".[25] The album was made available in various packages and on Sony's Music Digital Store they announced the release of two worldwide bundles for the Burlesque soundtrack one featuring the standard album with the film poster and the other with the soundtrack, poster and a one-hundred-seventy-two page hardcover book which features a one page forward by Aguilera and a three page introduction by Cher.[26]

The album was released in full on November 15, 2010 on music.aol.com as a promotional tool.[27] On November 18, 2010 Aguilera performed the track "Bound to You" from the Soundtrack and gave an interview to Jay Leno[28] On November 19, 2010 Aguilera gave another television interview to Ellen DeGeneres then she performed a track from the soundtrack, the Etta James' track "Somethings Got a Hold on Me"[29] Christina Aguilera performed "Express" at the 2010 American Music Awards.[30] Aguilera then gave an "in-depth" interview about her personal life and also about the film for the promotion of the soundtrack and the film to Chelsea Handler.[31] On the same night Aguilera performed the Etta James track "Somethings Got a Hold on Me" on the Conan O'Brien show Conan, she also gave another interview for promotional purposes for the soundtrack and the film.[32] Aguilera performed on the season eleventh finale of Dancing with the Stars and for the first time she performed the soundtrack song "Show Me How You Burlesque".[33]

Singles[edit]

"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" was the only song that was released as a single. It officially impacted adult contemporary radio on January 15, 2011. The single charted on the U.S. Hot Dance/Club Play Songs chart; debuting at #35 and later reaching number one[34] making Cher the only recording artist to have a number one single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades.

Other charted songs[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Something's Got a Hold on Me" (Christina Aguilera)
C. "Tricky" Stewart 3:04
2. "Welcome to Burlesque" (Cher)
  • Lindsey
  • Gerrard
  • Mark Taylor[a]
2:46
3. "Tough Lover" (Christina Aguilera)
  • James
  • Joe Josea
Stewart 2:00
4. "I Am a Good Girl" (Christina Aguilera)
Stewart 2:29
5. "Guy What Takes His Time" (Christina Aguilera) Ralph Rainger Linda Perry 2:43
6. "Express" (Christina Aguilera)
  • Stewart
  • Kelly[a]
4:20
7. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (Cher) Diane Warren 3:30
8. "Bound to You" (Christina Aguilera) Dixon 4:23
9. "Show Me How You Burlesque" (Christina Aguilera)
  • Aguilera
  • Stewart
  • Kelly
  • Stewart
  • Kelly[a]
2:59
10. "The Beautiful People (from Burlesque)" (Christina Aguilera)
3:31
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Germany[69] November 19, 2010 Sony Music
Spain[70]
United Kingdom[71] November 22, 2010 RCA
United States[72]
New Zealand[73] November 29, 2010 Sony Music

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