After taking a step back from the music scene in 2006, Christina Aguilera came back, all guns blazing, in 2010, with her sixth studio album, “Bionic.” Unfortunately, things had changed a little while she’d been on hiatus, and a certain star named Lady Gaga had taken over as the new Queen of Pop.
“Bionic” got mixed reviews from critics. The Guardian described it as “occasionally brilliant and brave, occasionally teeth-gritting and stupid.” To add insult to injury, Aguilera was compared unfavorably with Gaga and criticized for trying to take advantage of the electro-pop sound and imitate the image and sound of her counterpart.
“Bionic” didn’t match the chart position of her previous releases (it debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and became Aguilera’s worst-selling album on record), and “The Bionic Tour” to support its release never materialized. All in all, not a great career point for Aguilera, then.