Prima Donna (Christina Aguilera song)

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"Prima Donna"
Song by Christina Aguilera from the album Bionic


Genre R&B, hip hop, urban pop
Length 3:26
Label RCA
Writer Christina Aguilera, Christopher Stewart, Claude Kelly
Producer Tricky Stewart
Bionic track listing
"Prima Donna"
"Morning Dessert (intro)"

"Prima Donna" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, from her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Claude Kelly and co-written and produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. It is an R&B song, with elements of hip-hop and it features ad-libs by rapper Lil Jon, who is uncredited. Lyrically, it is described as an anthem for strong women.

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics; they described the song as a standard and fierce, while most of the critics, praised Aguilera's vocals on the track and deemed it as "powerful and strong". "Prima Donna" charted on the Gaon International Download Chart at number 49.

Background and composition[edit]

A 21 second sample of "Prima Donna", an anthem about strong women. In the chorus, the singer continually repeats "I’m a prima donna", while Lil Jon provides background vocals.

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Producer Tricky Stewart, who worked with Aguilera on the album, revealed to MTV News about the style adopted on the album:

"I really feel it's one of her best bodies of work that I've heard since Stripped. I think it's really, really amazing and I think it's well put together". "She's mixing it up again. She's singing R&B again, she's doing pop. She's doing it all, but she's found a way to make it all meet in the middle because she's so many different things."[1]

"Prima Donna" was written by Aguilera, Claude Kelly and co-written and produced by Stewart.[2] Lyrically, it is an anthem about strong women, which according to the UK newspaper The Scotsman "is similar to Destiny's Child's Survivor or her own Fighter – with the empowerment message coming from a demanding diva."[3] In the chorus, the singer continually repeats "I’m a prima donna", while Lil Jon hollers shoot off like fireworks in the background.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Some critics compared Aguilera's vocals in the chorus to those of American recording artist Michael Jackson.[5][6]

The song received mostly positive reviews from most music critics. Mesfin Fekadu from The Boston Globe, wrote that the song is "a thumping tune with jamming ad-libs courtesy of Lil Jon."[7] Michael Cragg from musicOMH gave a positive review, writing: "Aguilera has a fantastic voice, which, when used properly, can carry a song that would have otherwise been fairly ordinary (Prima Donna being just one example) and the production on most of the songs is exemplary."[8] Melinda Newman from HitFix wrote a positive review, commenting: "Listening to her unleash her powerful instrument on parts of the fierce 'Prima Donna' makes you long for the days when she just sang and showed the world her vocal strength."[9] Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly called it a "finger-snappy '90s flashback."[10]

Allison Stewart from The Washington Post described it as a "standard '09 dance-floor fare, which Aguilera sings if she didn't realize that anonymous, Tricky Stewart-made pop tracks are the reason God invented Ciara.[11] Dan Pardalis of "411 Mania" wrote that "A voice-manipulated Lil’ Jon in the background of 'Prima Donna' brings some extra energy to the zippy synths and Southern bounce of the production, and her shouts on the bridge almost sound like she’s telling us she’s a 'Pre-Madonna', someone who she just seemed to pay homage to, and is also notable for a style change on every album."[12] Javi of EQ Music wrote the following, "It's a slinky, urban, club fodder salvaged only by a confident hood delivery from Xtina, whose singing eerily sounds more and more like Michael Jackson by the bridge of the track."[5]

Omar Kholeif of PopMatters also wrote a positive review, stating:

"On the captivating Tricky Stewart number, 'Prima Donna', Aguilera is found doing her best Michael Jackson impersonation. If the album were limited to this retro mixture of shouty pop and robot glam, then perhaps this would have been a record worth writing home about."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of the album, "Prima Donna" debuted at number 49 on the Gaon International Downloads Chart on the chart issue June 6, 2010, becoming the highest charting song from the album on the International Chart.[13]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
  • Recording: The Boom Boom Room, Burbank, CA
  • Vocal recording – The Redlips Room, Beverly Hills, California.

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.[14]


Chart (2010) Peak
Gaon International Downloads Chart[13] 49


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  2. ^ "Prima Donna | Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Album review: Christina Aguilera, Bionic". Scotsman. June 6, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ DeLine, Chris (May 26, 2010). "Christina Aguilera "Bionic" Review". Culture Bully. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Javi (June 8, 2010). "EQ Album Review - "Bionic" by Christina Aguilera". EQ Music. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kholeif, Omar. "Christina Aguilera: Bionic < Popmatters". PopMatters. Retrieved June 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Fekadu, Mesfin (June 7, 2010). "Review: Aguilera has an identity crisis on new CD". Boston Globe. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Cragg, Michael (June 7, 2010). "Christina Aguilera - Bionic | album reviews | musicOMH". musicOMH. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ Newman, Melinda (June 7, 2010). "Review: Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' shows a machine-like workmanship". HitFix. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (June 8, 2010). "Bionic (2010)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Stewart, Allison (June 7, 2010). "Christina Aguilera's new album 'Bionic' is a mish-mash of Gaga and blah". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ Pardalis, Dan (June 9, 2010). " Music - Christina Aguilera - Bionic Review". 411 Mania. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Search: Gaon International Download Chart - Issue date: June 06, 2010 - June 13, 2010" (To access the applicable chart, change "년 (Year)" to "2010" and select the week "July 06 - July 12, 2010"). Gaon Chart. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ Bionic (liner notes). Christina Aguilera. RCA Records. 2010.