On June 15, Aguilera will release her new album: Liberation. She worked with singer Demi Lovato, songwriter Julia Michaels and producer Kanye West, among others. (Aguilera's plans to record with Cardi B and Childish Gambino didn't pan out.) "To me, there's nothing like an amazing hip-hop beat," the "Accelerate" singer says. "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. And as you can see, it's what I'm inspired by."
Aguilera will hit the road to support her latest effort, for the first time in over a decade. "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]," she says. "It's easy to get comfortable and cushy in the same place and not have to worry about uprooting your kids. I've been putting myself on the back burner." No more. As the five-time Grammy winner tells Billboard, "It needs to happen. I'm looking forward to getting back out and actually showing my kids what Mommy really does!"
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