While talking up her album Lotus, the Voice judge mentioned working with Swedish songwriter Max Martin and nonchalantly discredited his work with her Mickey Mouse Club co-stars by saying:
"I'm not sure we would have been able to create the same music had we connected earlier. He did all the Britney and N'Sync songs, and I was doing something a little more daring. But we've gained respect for each other."
She may have gained respect for Martin, but what about the pop acts he worked with in the past?
The 31-year-old continued to call mainstream pop "dishonest" and "lacking creativity" as she explained:
"I don't really push myself to have those formulaic commercial successes. It's dishonest and it starts lacking creativity. I embraced being a pop artist, but I like doing it on my own terms, at my own pace."
Gurl clearly resents being included in the same category as some of the artists that were scoring top ten hits when she was a rising star in the industry. In fact, Aguilera says she had been "molded or forced" to adopt the sound she had before 2002's Stripped, adding:
"I had been pigeonholed as formula-pop driven, or molded or forced to be something I didn't feel was true to me. I was labeled from Genie in a Bottle."
She's certainly graduated at the top of her class and has been allowed the creative freedom to find her own voice, but it sounds like she doesn't care too much for the Britneys and boy bands of the world.
Don't hate, Xtina! They had the same humble beginnings as you — and JT did some AMAZING things post- N'SYNC!
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