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At the beginning of Christina Aguilera’s official music video for “Your Body,” a warning that “No men were harmed in the making of this video” appears. It’s necessary information, since the Melina Matsoukas-directed clip for the new single, which premiered on Friday (Sept. 28), features the pop star seducing and slaughtering a handful of men who only want to love her body.
Seemingly inspired by the cartoonish violence on her TV screen, the curvaceous Aguilera steps outside of her trailer in the video to find her first victim — a dude with a car that she blows up when she tires of his good looks. Next is a billiards player who makes the mistake of following Xtina into a public restroom; soon, he’s unconscious on the toilet, covered in a light blue goo that the pop star is naughtily wiping off her cheek.
Another standout of the video is, of course, Aguilera’s wardrobe selection, highlighted by a curve-hugging black dress, low-cut American flag shirt, jean vest covered in her blonde dreadlocks and long-sleeved white tee that reads “F*ck the Paparazzi.” By the end of the video, when Aguilera whacks her final victim with a bat, the glitter that the guy’s body turns into sprinkles seamlessly into her hot-pink wig.
Produced by Max Martin and Shellback, “Your Body” debuted at No. 34 on this week’s Hot 100 after hitting the Web last week. The single previews Aguilera’s fifth studio album, Lotus, an album that the singer has called a “rebirth” and is due out Nov. 13 on RCA Records.
“This album represents a celebration of the new me, and to me the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years,” Aguilera told Billboard in last week’s cover story previewing the new album. “Once I could start writing my own songs, beginning with Stripped, I tried to infuse as much as I could to promote strength and inspire people with that message. And now I’m at a place at 31, where the last time I felt this way was when I was 21 with Stripped and I had a lot to say and a lot to express.”
Along with “Your Body,” Lotus will feature a collaboration with Sia on the track “Blank Page” and a duet with her Voice co-star Cee Lo Green on “Make The World Move.” Aguilera can currently be seen each week as a coach on the third season of the hit NBC show, although she plans to take season 4 off next spring to support her forthcoming full-length.
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