Christina Aguilera has been on my mind a lot these days, so I decided to Google her quickly and it looks like she is busy wrapping up her next RCA Records studio album Bionic, which will pick up where she left off with her more recent single Keeps Gettin' Better, in the electro dance-pop direction. Although I myself feel that this isn't her forté necessarily, I respect her artistic direction. she needs full arrangements that will showcase that superb gift of a voice she has. Bionic is due tentatively this April, although nothing she releases will ever top her gem of a sophomore album Stripped which I recently listed as one of the past decade's best.
Aguilera has began pre-production on Burlesque from director Steve Antin (brother of Robin, founder of The Pussycat Dolls) November also. You know how much I love musicals, so I will be awaiting its November 2010 release via Sony Screen Gems eagerly. The film stars Cher (!!!!) who acts as Aguilera's mentor and the amazing Stanley Tucci plays the Cabaret-inspired club's owner. The film apparently will have lots of Bob Fosse influence which I loved so much in CHICAGO and NINE. Grey's Anatomy hunk Eric Dane, known more of late for the world's most boring sex tape, just signed on too. Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Kristen Bell who also stars in the film, was quoted recently as having said that this film is going to "turn her into a lesbian". Well, if that's any indication, I think I'm going to love it.
Can't wait to hear more. The above photo (WENN Photos) of Cher and Aguilera was taken the first day of filming on-set yesterday. Kudos to the respective Paparazzi on a job well done!