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Christina Aguilera Is Back With New Music And She Is Celebrating Her 'Liberation'

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Prepare yourselves: Christina Aguilera is back with new music — her first album since 2012 — and she is clearly ready to "Accelerate" things to a whole new level.

The first tune off the Liberation album, out June 15, is "Accelerate," and it's Xtina like you've never heard her before. Gone is the pop diva flair, what you get is something she calls a "raw, gritty, grrr" feel that only a hip-hop feel can offer.

"To me, there's nothing like an amazing hip-hop beat," the "Telepathy" singer told Billboard in its latest cover story, discussing this new era. "At the end of the day, I am a soul singer. When you strip back the words 'pop star' and the many things that I've done, singing soulfully is where my core, my root, and my heart really is."

The mag calls "Accelerate" a "booming club song" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. Kanye West produced the track, and also did another Liberation song called "Maria," too. There's an empowerment anthem, the Demi Lovato duet "Fall in Line," as well as another tune "Dreamers" that will leave you inspired.

In "Accelerate," whose music video can be seen below, we hear the "Dirrty" songstress sing, "C'mon babe, pick up the speed," in the suggestive song. "Stamina. Fill me up. That's what I need," she adds in the sexy clip.

Returning to the studio fhas clearly inspired the 37-year-old who spent the better part of the last decade on The Voice, as she is looking at doing a Latin album, doing more acting in films ("maybe even Broadway"), and embarking on her first tour since becoming a mother.

"Touring is so frightening to me, because I am a mom first. It's part of why I stayed in the position I was [at The Voice]. It's easy to get comfortable and cushy in the same place and not have to worry about uprooting your kids," Aguilera explained. "I've been putting myself on the back burner. [But now] it needs to happen. I'm looking forward to getting back out and actually showing my kids what Mommy really does!"

And for those who think this R&B/hip-hop turn for Aguilera isn't organic for her, she hopes listeners will relate to a woman who found herself "suffocated and restricted," and realized "What just happened here? I need to be woken up for a minute."

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