Can Christina Aguilera Reclaim Her (Rightful) Place on the Pop Star Throne?

Christina Aguilera has been nothing if not thorough while plotting her current comeback. New look. Done. Contemporary sound. Done. Sexy video. Done. Hot rappers in tow (Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz). Done and done.

So why did “Accelerate,” her first single as a lead artist in five years, get stuck in neutral after its May 3 release? It’s barely made a dent on the charts worldwide, which might not bode well for “Liberation,” Aguilera’s eighth studio album and first since 2012’s “Lotus,” when it drops today

Can the artist otherwise known as Xtina make a bonafide chart comeback in 2018, nearly two decades after becoming a star? The odds seem to be stacked against her. Of all the princesses in her turn-of-the-millennium pop class, only Beyoncé and, to a lesser degree, her “Lady Marmalade” co-headliner Pink have retained their commercial clout. Even Justin Timberlake, Aguilera’s one-time touring partner, has struggled with his latest album, “Man of the Woods,” which, four months after its release, has yet to go platinum.

Aguilera’s uphill climb seems steeper still when you consider that many of the generation of pop princesses that followed her  —  Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus, among them  —  have stumbled from their own once-lofty thrones.

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