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  • Acclaimed Flop: Credited as having one of the strongest, loudest, biggest voices of her generation and being extremely original in her attitude to her work. Regardless, Bionic and Lotus weren't that successful. She sticks with pleasing her fanbase now.
  • Banned in China: The video for "Dirrty" was banned on Thai television, due to its blatant sexuality.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Her career was launched by "Reflection", which was recorded for the Mulan movie. The musical style is so different from the film, it's unlikely newer fans will make the connection.
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  • Career Resurrection: "Stripped" and "Back To Basics" were both peaks in her interest and adoration worldwide.
  • Contractual Purity: Christina was particularly annoyed at being portrayed as a squeaky-clean pop princess for her first album. Stripped was an attempt to combat this trope. While not to the extent of Britney Spears she still caught some flack for teenage girls imitating her. Mind you the image change was still successful, probably on account of her earlier material already being quite suggestive (Radio Disney initially banned "Genie In A Bottle" and "Come On Over Baby").
    "I really just wanted to squirm away from that, because I really thought it was really fake and superficial and untrue of what I was about."
  • Creator Backlash:
    • "Bionic" has all but been forgotten, a half-assed second single, tour cancelled, her claiming she'd done all the work recording the album and didn't regret not touring for it. Doubts are for any song on it making to her next era.
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    • Lotus received even more backlash from Christina than Bionic. Almost the entire promotion for the entire album consisted of a video for Your Body, three performances on The Voice and a few interviews (which mainly focused on The Voice). Your Body was very well received but she never performed it live and Just a Fool was announced and released as the second single with almost no promotion. The final nail in the Lotus era was that while at first she claimed to have taken a break from The Voice to tour those plans were either scrapped or Blatant Lies. Some fans believe this was the result of Executive Meddling while others believe this is simply the result of the album flopping.
  • Creator Breakdown: I'm OK and Oh Mother are about the abuse she witnessed as a very young child. She has also admitted to suffering depression partially due to this experience. This shows in the songs Understand, Mercy On Me, The Right Man and the greater Stripped album.
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  • Dear Negative Reader: Songs like "Here To Stay", "Still Dirrty", "Army Of Me", "Sing For Me", "Best Of Me", "Empty Words", "Circles".
  • Development Hell: Invoked by Christina herself in choosing to take a couple of years off (At least three) between each album, starting from 2002 to 2010. To some people it's annoying and leads to disappointment, other people think she's justified in her choice to take a break. Lotus was an aversion of this expected trope, taking only 2 years and 6 months to come out. She's now pregnant and engaged so the album is due in 2017 according to fan guesses.
  • Dye Hard: A natural blonde, she dyed her hair black for the latter half of the Stripped period.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Happened to Bionic, backed up by her collaborators as far as song choices are concerned.
    • Some fans believe this is what happened to Lotus. Christina was supposedly forced to release before she was done working on it to capitalize on the popularity she got from The Voice and because of this she abandoned the album.
  • Follow the Leader: "Dirrty" got compared a lot to Britney Spears's "I'm A Slave 4 U".
  • Name's the Same: "Army Of Me" on Lotus is not the same song as Army of Me by Björk on her album Post. Around The World is not a cover of Daft Punk, people have almost mentioned track names resembling the works of Billie Holiday, My Chemical Romance, Colbie Caillat, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and No Doubt.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Worked with Madonna live and was one of Etta James favourite singers. Aguilera was picked to sing at James' funeral.
  • Trope Codifier: The video for "Dirrty" codified the 'slutdrop' dance move.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Genie In A Bottle" was originally titled "If You Wanna Be With Me" and they considered giving the video an "Arabian Nights" Days theme.
    • "Come On Over Baby" was re-recorded so that the single release was different from the album. The newer version was made more sexual, and a rap was added.
    • "Beautiful" was written by Linda Perry for herself, as she wanted to pursue a solo career. After Christina sang it at her house to "break the ice", she was so impressed that she let her use it on the Stripped album. Christina wanted to rerecord some of the vocals, but Linda refused because that would ruin the song's message about imperfection.
    • Bionic was going to have songs written by Goldfrapp, but none of their songs were completed. She also could've gotten Bionic out earlier and prevented the Lady Gaga backlash. There are alot of wasted moments in her career, across the board from music to touring to collabs to friendships to movies.

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