Christina Aguilera is used to applause. A performer since childhood, Aguilera has sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide and won four Grammys — one for each of her three studio albums and a group performance prize for her participation in the hit ‘Lady Marmalade.’
Of late, however, Aguilera has been the subject of some rather vicious criticism. Her fourth album, ‘Bionic,’ hit store yesterday, and the record and Aguilera’s promotion of it have put the 29-year-old singer in the media cross-hairs. It seems she can’t do much of anything right; early reviews for ‘Bionic’ have been mostly tepid, her first single tanked and she can’t even get dressed without being accused of ripping off other artists — Lady Gaga and Madonna, in particular.
(While media critics aren’t too keen on it, fans who have already heard the album are giving it a 7.6 rating out of 10 on Metacritic.)
The contempt has been so intense that when Aguilera canceled her summer tour, citing her commitments to promoting the album and her forthcoming film, ‘Burlesque,’ critics immediately called foul. Though tickets had barely gone on sale, the blogosphere lit up with speculation that sales had been weak, causing Aguilera and Live Nation, the tour’s promoter, to pull the plug before things got embarrassing.
Bad performances, bad reviews, and a bad comeback for Christina. Read the rest at PopEater.