All Christina Aguilera wants to do is (ahem) your body, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for her judging duties on The Voice. If recent reports are to be believed, the singer will depart NBC’s reality TV singing competition to focus on her artistic responsibilities at the end of the show’s third season.
In a story published but then taken down by Billboard late Tuesday night (Sep. 11), Aguilera reportedly said:
[The Voice] kept me away from my heart, which is creating my own music … It’s been a joy to be a part of other people’s journey [sic], to be able to inspire and be a part of new singers coming up in this business. But I was starting to get really worried and concerned that I wouldn’t have the time to go and be an artist again.”
But pay no attention to the diva behind the curtain! The singer announced new details about her anticipated fifth studio album — including its title and the artwork for lead single “Your Body” — in a live chat on Wednesday (Sep. 12).
The single — which was penned by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha, and produced by Martin and Shellback — now hits radio Friday, Sep. 14, then digital retailers on Monday, Sep. 17, with a special sneak preview of the video during the Tuesday, Sep. 18 episode of The Voice.
Her upcoming fifth studio album will be titled Lotus, and will feature writing and production from Sia and Alex da Kid, who previously worked with Aguilera on T.I.‘s “Castle Walls.” Lotus is due out Nov. 13. As Aguilera explained to a fan:
— Christina Aguilera (@TheRealXtina) September 12, 2012
Ironically, “an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives” would be a reasonable way to describe The Voice‘s premiere last night, which managed to take the lead in the ratings with 12 million viewers despite being down 39 percent from last year’s season premiere. Maybe Aguilera’s smart to get out while the getting’s still pretty good.