Christina Aguilera is back.
To heavy fanfare Thursday morning, Aguilera dropped “Accelerate” with Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz—her first lead single in six years. “Accelerate, c’mon babe / Pick up your speed / Stamina, fill me up / That’s what I need,” they sang and rapped in the chorus. “Another shot, you comin’ home with me / F–k all these drugs, f–k all these clubs / What’s wrong with me.”
Aguilera also premiered the accompanying music video, directed by Zoey Grossman, on YouTube.
To celebrate her musical return, Aguilera mailed 14 autographed Polaroids to fans. In recent days, the pop star has also been teasing some of the visuals from the new era via social media. Her next album, Liberation, features 15 tracks and will be released June 15, per Amazon Music:
2. Searching for Maria
4. Sick of Sittin’
6. Fall in Line (feat. Demi Lovato)
7. Right Moves (feat. Keida and Shenseea)
8. Like I Do
11. I Don’t Need It Anymore (Interlude)
12. Accelerate [Explicit] (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz)
15. Unless It’s With You
Aguilera released two singles, “Your Body” and “Just a Fool,” from her seventh studio album, Lotus, released in 2012. Aguilera returned to the studio a year later, tweeting she was working on “something special”…which she later revealed was “Say Something,” a duet with A Great Big World; the song became a Top 10 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and won a Grammy Award. That same year, she teamed up with Pitbull for “Feel This Moment” and Alejandro Fernández for “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti.” In 2014, she recorded a new version of “Do What U Want” with Lady Gaga. Aguilera announced in early 2016 that she was working on new music. In June, she released “Change” to benefit Pulse nightclub shooting victims and their families. Two months later, she dropped “Telepathy” with Nile Rogers, which was written for Netflix’s The Get Down.
Music aside, Aguilera has been primarily focused on motherhood in the years since Lotus was released—not to mention her upcoming wedding to Matthew Rutler. She also returned to acting, making a cameo with a few Voice coaches in Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015. She voiced Akiko Glitter in 2017’s The Emoji Movie, and she stars in the upcoming films Life of the Party and Zoe. In the last month, a barefaced Aguilera graced the cover of PAPER and headlined James Corden‘s Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (with a surprise appearance by Melissa McCarthy).