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Producer Tricky Stewart on how Christina Aguilera can get her career back on track, Michael Jackson's posthumous album, and more

Tricky-StewartImage Credit: Michael Buckner/WireImage.comChristina Aguilera‘s Bionic met with disappointing sales this summer, but producer-songwriter Christopher “Tricky” Stewart is convinced she’ll be back on top soon enough. “It just seemed like the timing was a little bit off and things got a little bit out of sync for her on that project,” says Stewart, who worked on several Bionic tracks and went on to serve as executive music consultant for Aguilera’s upcoming movie Burlesque (out Nov. 24). “This film is going to bring her right back where she needs to be. When she starts to focus on a new project, I think it’s going to be amazing.”

Stewart doesn’t think Aguilera needs to switch things up when the time comes to record her next album, either. “I think what Christina does musically is always fine,” he adds. “It’s a matter of if it can be marketed properly. When I listen to [Bionic], I definitely am a fan. More than anything, it was promoted poorly.” READ FULL STORY

Cher exclusive: The superstar discusses her upcoming album

The amazing and iconic Cher is making a return to the big-screen this November in the sequin fever dream Burlesque, opposite fellow pop star Christina Aguilera. But the diva is also beginning to plot out her next album, which has her working with hitmaker Diane Warren (Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”; Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”). Warren also wrote one of Cher’s two big Burlesque tunes, the big power ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.”

The 64-year-old diva says that fans shouldn’t expect the same dance music heard on her 1998 album, Believe, which featured the titular blockbuster single. “It really won’t be Believe-ish,” she says. “It will be more…I don’t know how to say it. I can’t put a genre to it. It’s a little bit more real instruments, like guitars and stuff like that.” Don’t get too excited Cher fans: the singer admits she’s still very early in the recording process.

Says Cher, “I just got some of the songs and I’m just learning [them] so I’m kind of at that beginning stage where you’re taking baby steps.” Watch the full trailer for Burlesque below:

Are you excited for a new Cher album, Music Mix-ers? What kind of music would you like to hear her tackle?

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Christina Aguilera gets her heart broken in 'You Lost Me' video: Watch here

christina-aguileraHer last video wasn’t the most original work of art she could offer, but this time around Christina Aguilera has some quality material on her hands. She released the video for her latest single “You Lost Me” this morning. The ballad is about a man who cheated on her and eventually left. In the video, Christina’s in an Inception-like dreamworld. She starts off teary-eyed in a bedroom, then drifts into a cave-like pit before fighting off the guy who couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Check out the Anthony Mandler-directed video after the jump.

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Drake tops Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan follow behind

drakeDrake is Billboard‘s chart king today. His Thank Me Later comes in at No. 1 on their 200 albums chart, pushing out 447,000 copies in its first week. The first four slots on the 200 albums chart are new entries. The second highest debut is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Mojo at No. 2 with 125,000 units moved. Next is Sarah McLachlan’s Laws of Illusion, which comes in at No. 3 with 94,000 copies sold. No. 4 comes from Now 34, the compilation album of recent pop hits, with 88,000.

Jack Johnson‘s To The Sea falls back a slot to No. 5 with 68,000 albums sold. The Eclipse soundtrack slides back four spots to No. 6, selling 55,000 units. With 47,000 copies sold, Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 falls one slot to No. 7. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now remains at No. 8 selling 40,000 albums. Christina Aguilera‘s disappointing Bionic sinks six spots to No. 9 with 40,000 units sold. And last week’s No. 1, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, closes out the top 10. It sold 39,000 copies.

Did you buy any of the albums that came out last week? Let us know what you thought of them.

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Glee beats Twilight to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

glee-vs-twilightImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Kimberley FrenchYet again, Glee sits at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. This time around it’s for Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals. It debuts at No. 1 with 152,000  copies sold. This is the show’s third No. 1 album, following The Power of Madonna and The Music: Volume 3 – Showstoppers, which lands at No. 7 and sold 40,000 copies this week. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack comes in at No. 2 with 144,000 units sold.

Christina Aguilera‘s fourth album, Bionic, debuts with particularly underwhelming sales at No. 3. It moved 110,000 copies. Last week’s chart-topper, Jack Johnson’s To the Sea, falls back to No. 4 with 89,000 albums sold. Plies’ Goon Affiliated backs in at No. 5 with 56,000 sets bought. Selling 49,000 albums this week, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 drops four spots to No. 6. Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now also falls four to No. 8, selling 39,000 copies. Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge debuts at No. 9 with 38,000., while Jewel’s Sweet and Wild creeps into the top 10 at No. 10 with 31,000 albums sold.

Drake’s Thank Me Later hits the chart next week. Think he can overpower Twilight and Glee? Let us know.

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Christina Aguilera sings for 'Today' show: Watch here

christina-aguileraImage Credit: Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.comChristina Aguilera stopped by 30 Rockefeller Center this morning for the Today show’s latest live summer concert. After her performance at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday failed to generate much buzz, this was another opportunity to get fans excited about her new album, Bionic, which arrived in stores today. So how did she do?

Before performing, Aguilera chatted briefly with NBC’s Matt Lauer. Turns out their respective kids have very different tastes in music: Her son likes cutting-edge electro, his is more of a Sesame Street guy. Then it was on to the stage. Aguilera opened with an abbreviated take on Bionic‘s title track, followed by current single “Not Myself Tonight.” Neither performance blew me away — ultimately, these just aren’t particularly memorable songs — but she was definitely in better voice than she was on Sunday. Later in the broadcast, Aguilera reached back to 2002-2003′s “Fighter” and “Beautiful.” Both tunes sounded as fun and empowering as ever. Whatever you think of her new work, it was a reminder not to underestimate Aguilera’s back catalog.

Did you watch Xtina on Today? What did you think? Check out her first interview/performance segment after the jump.

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Christina Aguilera explains tour postponement: Are you convinced?

Christina-AguileraImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosWhy did Christina Aguilera delay the tour she’d planned for this summer to next year? The decision, which was announced via press release this week, took fans by surprise. According to an open letter posted last night on the singer’s official site, it all came down to timing. “With both the album press [for June 8's Bionic] and film press [for November's Burlesque] I am booked the entire summer and need time to focus on the work at hand,” Aguilera offered. “In addition, my album has not even been released as yet and I would like for you all to become familiar with the music before you hear it live on tour.”

Those seem like fairly legitimate reasons for an artist to hold off on launching a major concert tour. But one has to wonder: Wasn’t Aguilera aware of these concerns before she booked all those dates? If she’s so busy and she wants fans to know Bionic by heart when she steps on stage, then why did she allow tickets to go on sale last week? Maybe there was some epic miscommunication among her team. Or maybe there’s something else going on here. The New York Times cites industry skeptics who think weak ticket sales might be to blame. Without hard numbers (which of course concert promoters are unlikely to release), there’s no way to check that theory out, but it does have a certain ring of truth.

What do you think? Did you score tickets to any of Aguilera’s postponed shows? Read her whole open letter after the jump and let us know if you’re buying her excuses.

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Christina Aguilera postpones U.S. tour

Christina Aguilera has canceled plans for a North American summer tour, according to a statement released on Tuesday, saying her appearance in an upcoming movie and promotion of a new record do not allow adequate rehearsal time, Reuters reports.

In a full statement obtained by EW, the singer’s spokesperson says: “Christina Aguilera’s summer tour has been moved to 2011 due to prior commitments that the singer had made to her film Burlesque and to the promotion of her new album Bionic. The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour date this wasn’t possible. New dates will be announced later this year. Refunds are available at point of purchase.”

The summer tour was scheduled to start in July. New dates will be announced later this year, and refunds are available where tickets were purchased. Bionic, Aguilera’s first album of new music since 2006, is due out on June 8. Burlesque releases in theaters this November.

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Christina Aguilera's Lady Gaga talk: For real, or for show?

lady-gaga-aguileraImage Credit: Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images; Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesAnother decade, another dance-pop death match? Years after the belly-chained Mouseketeer rumble that was Britney vs. Christina, Aguilera has goosed the media’s thirst for blond-on-blond battles once again with her recent comments to Out magazine on Lady Gaga—but says now, She Was Not Herself That Night (or more accurately, was “taken out of context”).

The Out quote (“’Oh, the newcomer? I think she’s really fun to look at”) is, of course, not Xtina’s first time addressing the topic;  In 2008, she famously claimed not to be familiar with Gaga, or even know whether she was a she at all: “”I’m not quite sure who this person is, to be honest. I don’t know if it is a man or a woman. I just wasn’t sure. I really don’t spend any time on the Internet, so I guess I live a little under a rock in that respect.” READ FULL STORY

Christina Aguilera's 'Not Myself Tonight' video: Gone totally (Lady) Gaga, Madonna, or just desperate for relevance?

christina-aguileraImage Credit: RCAThe video for Christina Aguilera’s new single, “Not Myself Tonight,” hit the internets in the wee hours of the morning and immediately had the blogosphere—well, that’d be mostly one Mr. Perez Hilton—buzzing that it was a Lady Gaga rip-off. To be fair, it seems that Hilton thinks everything begins and ends with Gaga. But in this case, if you watch the clip after the jump, you’ll see that such a claim is by no means crazy talk.

In the video, Aguilera mostly prances around in various dominatrix-esque and lingerie-inspired outfits, sans any sort of storyline. You’ll see plenty of slick materials, exposed bras, and a whip. And, yes, there a few moments that are uncannily Gaga-ish. Two stick out in my mind: namely, those shots of Christina in white with a harem of dancers, and the moments where you see the diva, wet, in red lingerie. Just take a look here:

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