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Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera

Album: Christina AguileraReleased: 1999Charted:
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  • This song was written by Pam Sheyne, Steve Kipner and David Frank. UK based and New Zealand born songwriter Pam Sheyne is a former backing singer for The Pet Shop Boys and Celine Dion, who began writing songs in the mid 90s. Steve Kipner wrote "Physical" for Olivia Newton-John and "Hard Habit To Break" for Chicago. David Frank wrote "You Are in My System" for Robert Palmer.
  • The genie in a bottle legend has it that if you find a mysterious bottle and rub it, a genie will appear to grant you 3 wishes. This song uses the tale as a sexually-charged metaphor, implying that the girl will respond to the proper touch.
  • This song caused some controversy when it was released, as the 18-year-old Aguilera was quite young to be singing such a racy song, particularly as her music was marketed to young girls. Aguilera explains in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "It is a bit suggestive, but in a positive way. It's all about a girl who's a little sassy and likes to play hard to get, but equally wants sincerity in a relationship." The lyric, "My body's saying let's go, but my heart is saying no" emphasizes her point.
  • This was the biggest selling single in the US in 1999, and also Aguilera's best seller in the UK, selling 608,100 copies.
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One of the co-writers, David Frank, was one-half of the intergrated duo the System. The duo scored a top-5 pop hit with "Don't Disturb This Groove".John - Nashville, Tn