Infatuation (Christina Aguilera song)

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"Infatuation"
Promotional single by Christina Aguilera from the album Stripped
Released 2003
Format CD Single
Recorded 2002
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:17
Label RCA
Writer Christina Aguilera, Matt Morris, Scott Storch
Producer Scott Storch, Christina Aguilera (vocals), E. Dawk (vocals)
Stripped track listing
"Primer Amor Interlude"
(5)
"Infatuation" ""Loves Embrace Interlude"
(7)

"Infatuation" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). The song was written by Aguilera, Scott Storch, Matt Morris and its production was handled by Storch, while Aguilera and E. Dawk served as vocal producers. Lyrically, the songs talks about the first love of Christina, who is a Puerto Rican. The arrangements of the songs are in Spanish and Latin influences. Aguilera has performed "Infatuation" several times, notably at the 2002 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.[1] "Infatuation" was released as a promotional CD single in Spain in 2003.[2]

Background[edit]

Following the release of the self-titled debut album in 1999, Aguilera had achieved major success with four worldwide number-one hits.[3] Despite the international success, the singer was dissatisfied with the music and image that her manager, Steve Kurtz, had created for her, having been marketed as a bubblegum pop singer because of the genre's upward financial trend.[4] She mentioned plans for her next album to have more musical and lyrical depth.[5] Aguilera decided not to continue the contact with Kurtz.[5] By late 2000, after terminating Kurtz's services, Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager.[5] Aguilera decided to take a more prominent role in the musical direction of her next record. She also used her new alter ego, "Xtina", and changed her appearance.[6]

Speaking about the conception of the album, Aguilera told MTV News that "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 I really am".[7] She also revealed, "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".[7] "Infatuation" which features a Latin production, Aguilera had previously worked with Latin/Spanish music before, she released a Latin pop album called Mi Reflejo in September 2000.[8] "Infatuation" was released as a promotional CD single in Spain in 2003, the CD single also includes a Spanish version of the song "Get Mine, Get Yours" from Stripped, called "Dame Lo Que Yo Te Do".[2]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

A 23-second sample of "Infatuation".

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"Infatuation" was written by Aguilera, Scott Storch, Matt Morris and its production was handled by Storch, while Aguilera and E. Dawk served as vocal producers.[9] "Infatuation" is a midtempo song with a Latin beat, Written in the key of B-flat major, it has a moderate Latin tempo of 84 beats per minute. Aguilera's vocal range on the song spans from the note of G3 to a F5.[10][10] Lyrically, the songs talks about the first love of Christina, who is a Puerto Rican, with lyrics such as "He brings life to my fantasies, sparks a passion inside of me, finds the words when I cannot speak, in the silence his heart beat is music to me" [11] The arrangements of the songs are in Spanish and Latin influences. In the album there is an interlude to the song called "Primer Amor", were Christina sings and talks in Spanish. Bill Aiher from musiccritic.com described the song as a flamenco influenced track.[12]

Live performances[edit]

Aguilera first performed "Infatuation" on the 2002 Winter Olympics at the closing ceremony, and was the first song from the album "Stripped" to be performed live.[1] Aguilera was wearing a set of black leather outfit during the performance.[13] In 2003 she performed "Infatuation" on MTV Mardi Gras TV special alongside with other songs from the album such as "Dirrty" and "Fighter".[14] Aguilera also performed the song on MTV Xelibri Launch Party in 2003. She performed "Infatuation" on the Justified & Stripped Tour, a concert tour which was held in summer 2003 to support Justin Timberlake's album Justified (2002) and Aguilera's Stripped.[15] In late 2003, Aguilera continued to perform the track on the former's extension, The Stripped Tour, which happened without Timberlake's acts.[16][17] The performance in London is included on the singer's first full-length DVD Stripped Live in the U.K. (2004).[16]

Track listings[edit]

  • Spanish Promo CD single[2]
  1. Infatuation – 4:17
  2. Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy – 3:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Christina Aguilera – Songwriting, vocals, vocal producing
  • Scott Storch – Songwriting, producing
  • Matt Morris – Songwriting
  • E. Dawk – Vocal producing

Source:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/76856/more-stars-added-to-olympic-celebrations.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c http://www.discogs.com/Christina-Aguilera-Infatuation/release/1775854.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Dominguez, Pier (2003). "The Seduction of Fame". Christina Aguilera: A Star Is Made, the Unauthorized Biography. ISBN 0-9702224-5-9. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Stitzel, Kim (2002). "Christina Aguilera: Not Your Puppet". MTV Networks. Viacom. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Elysa, Gardner (October 24, 2002). "Aguilera's image is 'Stripped'". USA Today (Gannett Company). Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Christina Aguilera: Five Fun Facts". People. Time Inc. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Vineyard, Jennifer (October 31, 2002). "Christina Stands Up For The Ladies, Discusses Father's Abuse". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/08/arts/the-new-season-music-idol-returns-her-image-remade.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b Credits and personnel. Retrieved 2-19-2011.
  10. ^ a b http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0043939#ProductDetails.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ http://www.metrolyrics.com/infatuation-lyrics-christina-aguilera.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.music-critic.com/pop/aguilera_stripped.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://members.optusnet.com.au/xiaoleon/christinaaguilera.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406954/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Elfman, Doug (June 23, 2003). "Aguilera Skillfuly Blends Her Two Sides". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Stephens Media). ISSN 1097-1645. 
  16. ^ a b Julia Knowles (director), Sharon Ali (producer) and Christina Aguilera (singer-songwriter, producer) (October 12, 2004). Stripped Live in the U.K. United Kingdom: RCA Records. 
  17. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (July 11, 2006). "Two Years Later, Aguilera Fans Finally Getting Their Due: A Refund". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved July 6, 2013.