On June 22, 1999 “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera was released.
The song, featured on her 1999 self-titled debut album, was a critical and commercial success, and widely considered one Aguilera’s signature songs. After achieving success recording the Golden Globe-nominated “Reflection” in 1998, the title track to the Disney movie “Mulan,” Aguilera was able to land a record deal for her debut album, and subsequently recorded “Genie in a Bottle.” When released, the song received favorable reviews, with many critics lauding Aguilera’s voice, helping Aguilera win the 2000 Best New Artist Grammy Award. Due to the sexually themed lyrics meant to represent self-respect (e.g. “If you wanna be with me, baby there’s a price to pay”) the song sparked controversy amongst some listeners, with radio edits being done for certain radio stations.
The music video to the song was filmed in Malibu, California, and featured Aguilera at a beach party alongside some friends. The video gained a high amount of air play, and featured heavily in many music channels such as VH1 and MTV. It was a stable on MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL), where Aguilera herself performed the song in 1999, as well as having a Spanish version recorded called “Genio Atrapado.”
Music video for “Genie in a Bottle”:
Music video for “Genio Atrapado”:
Aguilera performing “Genie in a Bottle” in 1999 Walt Disney World:
At the time of the song’s release, it was during the late 90s / early 2000s — there was a pop music resurgence in terms of bubble-gum pop featuring teen performers. It was during this time that Britney Spears had released “…Baby One More Time,” with many critics and fans insinuating there was a rivalry between Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, seeing how both had connections to Disney and were members of the All New Mickey Mouse Club. This so-called “Britney vs Christina” feud continues to linger both artists, with each of them denying it.
The song reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, maintaining the number-one spot for five weeks, as well as peaking in the top five in most of the international charts it entered, reaching the number-one spot in 21 nations. The song also charted at number 43 on Billboard’s End of Decade chart (1990 – 1999). To date, the song has sold over 7 million copies, becoming one of the best selling singles of all time.