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"Stronger Than Ever" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera for the deluxe edition of her sixth studio album Bionic (2010). The song was written by Aguilera, Sia Furler and Samuel Dixon, while production was handled by Sam Dixon.

The song is a piano ballad and it finds Aguilera singing about being stronger than ever after a deception. It received acclaim from music critics, who agreed that it was a beautiful ballad, with some adding that it was one of her best ballads ever.

Background

"There are four of them. I think they're called 'I Am', 'All I Need', 'You Lost Me' and something like 'Stronger'. But I don't think she called it 'Stronger' in the end. That's just what we called it. We just call it something while it's in the working process and then she gives it its name. There are some where it totally lends itself to its name and there are others where it's just like, 'No, we had a song called 'Fighter' so we don't want a song called 'Stronger''. But they're all on there."

Sia on the songs they recorded for the album.[1]

Sia reported that Aguilera's management team contacted her to see about the possibility of both artists working together. The singer said that "Christina had a couple of Zero 7 records and knew that I had written with and for Zero 7. [...] My management didn't even know her name! They called her 'Christine' with an 'e' at the end instead of an 'a'. I bet that upset her people."[2] Previous the collaboration, Sia had asked her managers to contact Aguilera about collaborating on her track "Death by Chocolate" on her record Some People Have Real Problems, however, it did not happen.[3] Aguilera said, "I'm definitely a fan of Sia's. I was thrilled she also wanted to work together and, in turn, was a fan of mine."[4] Aguilera's management contacted Sia and asked if they could set up a phone call between her and Aguilera, Sia stated "she called me and I asked her, what do you want?, basically".[2]

Sia then has been included on a list of her favorite artists for Bionic.[2] Aguilera asked Sia whether she wished to bring anyone to their first recording session which Sia did. After Sia contacted her regular co-writer and bass player Samuel Dixon they wrote four tracks for Bionic: "All I Need", "I Am", "Stronger Than Ever" and "You Lost Me", with the latter being described as the "heart of the album".[5] After the collaboration, Sia said: "She was just excited to get to work with the artists she loves. There's this misconception that she's a middle-America kind of person. But she's a little hipster. You go back to her house and sit by the fire with some wine, and what's playing over the sound system? The Knife and Arthur Russell. She doesn't listen to pop music."[6]

Composition and reception

"Stronger Than Ever" was written by Aguilera, Sia Furler and Samuel Dixon, while production was handled by Sam Dixon.[7] It is a piano pop ballad[8] about being stronger than ever after a deception.[9]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it a "wildly imaginative mournful ballad"[8] Bill Lamb of About.com wrote that "it soars with the best of Christina Aguilera's big ballads."[10] Pip Ellwood of "Entertainment Focus" praised the song, naming it a "straightforward ballad in the vein of Stripped."[9] Javi of EQ Music also enjoyed the track, calling it a "torrid, soaring and a possible radio hit."[11]

Credits and personnel

Recording locations
  • Recording, Vocal recording  – The Redlips Room, Beverly Hills, California.
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler, Samuel Dixon
  • Production – Samuel Dixon
  • Acoustic guitar  - Leo Abrahams
  • Piano, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar & Programming  - Samuel Dixon
  • Strings  - Oliver Kraus

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bionic, RCA Records.[12]

References

  1. Daw, Robbie (2010-03-09). Sia: The Idolator Interview. Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Boyer, Jennifer (2010-05-27). Up Front and Blunt: Songwriter Sia Tells All. Cheeky Chicago. Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
  3. Noise11 (2011-12-24). Sia misses out on Madonna album. Music News. Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
  4. Balls, David (2008-11-10). Aguilera lines up Goldfrapp, Sia for LP. Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  5. You Lost Me Sneak Peek. ChristinaAguilera.com. RCA Records (2010-07-14). Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  6. Wood, Mikael (2010-05-14). Christina Aguilera: 'Bionic' Billboard Cover Story And Video. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
  7. Levine, Nick (May 16, 2010). "Aguilera reveals 'Bionic' production credits". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a221899/aguilera-reveals-bionic-production-credits.html. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. ((( Bionic > Overview ))). Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on May 14, 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ellwood, Pip (June 14, 2010). "Christina Aguilera - Bionic: Deluxe Edition". Entertainment Focus. http://www.entertainment-focus.com/music/articles/christina-aguilera-bionic-deluxe-edition. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  10. Lamb, Bill. Christina Aguilera - Bionic. About.com. New York Times Company. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
  11. Javi (June 8, 2010). "EQ Album Review - "Bionic" by Christina Aguilera". EQ Music. http://zxlcreative.blogs.com/electroqueer/2010/06/eq-album-review-bionic-by-christina-aguilera.html. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  12. (liner notes). "Bionic". Christina Aguilera. RCA Records.. 2010. 


Christina Aguilera singles
Christina Aguilera
Mi Reflejo
My Kind of Christmas
Stripped
Back to Basics
Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits
Bionic
Lotus
Soundtrack singles
Promotional singles


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