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Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits

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Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
Greatest hits album by Christina Aguilera
Released November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
Genre
Length 62:55
Label RCA
Producer
Christina Aguilera chronology
Back to Basics
(2006)
Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
(2008)
Bionic
(2010)
Singles from Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
  1. "Keeps Gettin' Better"
    Released: September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22)

Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits is the first greatest hits album by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. Released on November 6, 2008 by RCA Records, the compilation contains Aguilera's hits from all of her studio albums released up to 2008. It also featured four new additions: two remakes of her previous singles—"Genie in a Bottle" (1999) and "Beautiful" (2002), and two original songs, "Keeps Gettin' Better" and "Dynamite". The compilation was released exclusively through Target retailer in the United States.

Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits was reviewed favorably by music critics, who praised her musical career over her first decade entering the music industry. The compilation debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 and has sold over 530,000 copies in the US. Additionally, it entered the top ten record charts of multiple countries and achieved several certifications. Its only single "Keeps Gettin' Better" debuted within the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. To promote the album, Aguilera performed at the American Music Awards of 2008 and the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Background and content[edit]

In September 2008, it was announced that Aguilera would release a greatest hits album titled Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits, whose distribution rights in the United States belonged to Target retailer via her record label RCA Records.[2] On the compilation's title, Aguilera said: "I'm looking forward to the next 10 years, which is partly why I named the album, Keeps Gettin' Better, 'cause it does".[3] People who pre-ordered the compilation would receive a free digital download version of the single "Keeps Gettin' Better".[2] During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Aguilera explained that Target "got such a great creative team", and that's why she worked with the retailer for the album.[4] Released in November 2008, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits features all of Aguilera's hits from her previous studio albums released up to 2008 and four new songs produced by Linda Perry.[5] Two of which are remakes of her previous singles, "Genie 2.0" ("Genie in a Bottle"), and "You Are What You Are (Beautiful)" ("Beautiful").[6] The other new songs were "Keeps Gettin' Better" and "Dynamite".[7] The new material is inspired by electropop, which was deemed as Lady Gaga-influenced by a reviewer from Rolling Stone.[8]

Promotion[edit]

"Keeps Gettin' Better" was released as a single from the album and was released on September 22, 2008.[2] An accompanying video saw Aguilera as Catwoman and performing in front of green screens.[9] The single experienced moderate commercial success, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Canadian Hot 100.[10] On September 7, 2008, Aguilera performed a medley of "Genie 2.0" and "Keeps Gettin' Better" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Hollywood.[11] On November 23, Aguilera opened the American Music Awards of 2008 with a seven-minute medley of her previous singles, which included "Beautiful", "Keeps Gettin' Better", "Genie in a Bottle", "Dirrty", "Ain't No Other Man", and "Fighter".[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[13]
Entertainment Weekly B+[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[16]

Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits received generally positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that the compilation "proves that no other teen pop singer of her era has a better track record than Christina and if the new songs are any indication, the title of this hits comp is no lie either."[1] Nick Levine from Digital Spy noted the "spunky attitude" of the compilation and compared her recordings to those of Britney Spears: "She may have started out with similar material to another Mickey Mouse Club alumnus, but Aguilera moved on to bigger and better things more quickly than Britney." He further complimented on Aguilera's songwriting skills.[13]

Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly noted the lack of traditional Aguilera styles on the new songs, stating: "The singer has banished melisma and belting from these electronic confections, and her chops sound just as hot set on simmer."[14] Writing for Sputnikmusic, Nick Butler positively reviewed Aguilera's new material, saying: "Christina the pop singer is dead, long live Electro Christina [...] At any rate, these four tracks are more than enough to build anticipation for what could be a very, very good album."[15] In a mixed review, an editor from Rolling Stone shared that Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits was "weighed down by four bland attempts at 2008's trendy, Lady Gaga-jacking electropop."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 on the issue date of November 29, 2008, selling 73,000 copies in its first week of release.[17] The album spent six weeks on the Top Catalog Albums, where it peaked at number 2 in 2010.[10] As of September 2014, the greatest hits album has sold over 530,000 copies, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.[18] In Canada, the album charted at number twelve on the Canadian Albums Chart.[10]

In Australia, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits peaked at number eight on the ARIA Albums Chart on the issue date of November 23, 2008 and spent nine weeks on the chart.[19] In Austria, the album debuted at number ten on the Austrian Albums Chart on the issue date of November 21, 2008 and remained on the chart for five weeks.[20] The album also experienced moderate success in various European regions, including France (number seven), Ireland and Finland (number nine),[21][22] and the United Kingdom (number ten).[23] In 2008, Keeps Gettin' Better sold 19,030 physical copies and 250 digital units in France.[24]

Track listings[edit]

Standard edition[25]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Genie in a Bottle"  
  • Frank
  • Kipner
3:36
2. "What a Girl Wants"   Roche 3:35
3. "I Turn to You"   Diane Warren Roche 4:39
4. "Come On Over Baby"  
  • ChakDaddy
  • Sol Survivor
  • E. Dawk
  • Fair
3:23
5. "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" (with Ricky Martin) Walter Afanasieff 4:11
6. "Lady Marmalade" (with Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink) 4:25
7. "Dirrty" (featuring Redman)
  • Rockwilder
  • Aguilera
  • Muhammad[a]
  • Cameron[a]
4:45
8. "Fighter"  
  • Storch
  • Aguilera[a]
  • E. Dawk[a]
4:05
9. "Beautiful"   Linda Perry Perry 3:59
10. "Ain't No Other Man"  
3:48
11. "Candyman"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:14
12. "Hurt"  
Perry 4:03
13. "Genie 2.0"  
  • Kipner
  • Frank
  • Sheyne
Perry 4:15
14. "Keeps Gettin' Better"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:04
15. "Dynamite"  
  • Aguilera
  • Perry
Perry 3:09
16. "You Are What You Are (Beautiful)"   Perry Perry 4:44
Total length:
62:55
Notes

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia[51] Platinum
Belgium[52] Gold
Ireland[53] Gold
Japan[54] Gold
Russia[55] Gold
United Kingdom[56] Gold

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Edition Label Ref.
Japan November 6, 2008 Digital download Standard RCA/Jive [27]
United Kingdom [26]
Germany November 7, 2008 CD Sony Music [57]
Digital download RCA/Jive [25]
United Kingdom November 10, 2008 CD + DVD Deluxe RCA [29]
United States November 11, 2008 CD Standard RCA [58]
Japan November 12, 2008 CD + DVD Limited Sony Music [59]

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