Whether it be music, movies, or television, five-time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera has experienced success in many different realms of show business. As a child, she starred on the Disney variety show The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future stars like Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling. Earlier thsi year, she enjoyed more television success with the NBC talent show The Voice. The pop superstar has sold just under fifty million albums worldwide and made her film debut alongside Cher in last year's musical Burlesque. The movie opened to mixed reviews, but went on to gross over 89 million dollars globally.

Aguilera says she is actively looking for her next film role, but that she won't let it get in the way of her real passion: music. "I'm always reading scripts. Burlesque was something that came to my door that I was truly inspired to do. It was the right time and place for me to dive into that world I've always been inspired by, but I'm not going to do back-to-back movies just to do them. Music is always my first love and where my time and attention will remain."

The 30-year-old star is currently hard at work in the studio on her fifth album, due out next year. Her last release, 2010's Bionic, was a critical and commercial disappointment. As a fan of Aguilera, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with the album. There were definitely some worthwhile songs ("You Lost Me", "Bionic", "Elastic Love"; bonus tracks "Monday Morning", "Stronger Than Ever", "Birds of Prey"), but the general direction of the music just didn't hit the mark, and I found the songs that she wrote for the Burlesque soundtrack to be much more consistent with her past work. I consider her 2002 album Stripped and the 2006 follow-up Back To Basics to be two of the best and most interesting pop albums of all time and I absolutely can not wait to see what she does next.

"The mood of the album will be very introspective, heartfelt and deep rooted," Aguilera told Britain's Hello Magazine. "I'm writing so much. I've been inspired by a lot over the past year, the experiences I've had, the good, the bad, the highs, the lows - it will all be apparent in the lyrics." The talented singer has surely had her share of ups and downs, but I have no doubt that she can top the charts once again. While most pop stars rely on the overall spectacle of a performance to grab attention, Aguilera is one of the only ones who can flat out just stand there, sing live into a mic, and blow you away. She deserves a great musical comeback, and I'm really hoping 2012 will bring that for her.

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