"Genie in a Bottle" is a single by American pop recording artist, Christina Aguilera, taken from her self-titled debut album. It was co-written by David Frank, Steve Kipner, and Pamela Sheyne, and produced by Frank and Kipner respectively. The song was released to mainstream radio on June 22, 1999 as the album's lead single, and became an overnight success, staying atop the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks (the longest reign at number-one that year). A mid-tempo teen pop and dance-pop song with a light, R&B undertone, "Genie in a Bottle" speaks of a female's deep desire to be "set free by love", and how her years of loneliness make her feel similar to a genie locked in a bottle.
The international success of the song helped establish Aguilera as a teen-pop sensation, going platinum within a few months of its release. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at in 2000, but lost to Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You". It did, however, win several other awards, including Best Selling New Artist at the World Music Awards, and Best Song at the BMI Awards.
The song is accompanied by a party-themed music video, directed by Diane Martel.
Background and CompositionEdit
The song was released on June 22, 1999. Based on strong airplay and CD sales, "Genie in a Bottle" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. At that point, it had the longest stay at number for the entire year, tying Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love", although Carlos Santana would later in the year take the single, "Smooth", to number one on the chart with a ten-week run. The success of "Genie in a Bottle" marked the third time that year that a new female artist reached number one on the Hot 100 with her debut single, the first being Britney Spears with "...Baby One More Time" and the second being Jennifer Lopez with "If You Had My Love". The success and achievement for Spears' and Aguilera's debut singles caused a lot of rivalry and comparisons between the two in the media.
The song also crossed-over successfully to other Billboard charts, topping the Top 40 Mainstream, Top 40 Tracks and Rhythmic Top 40 charts. The song even managed to reach the Adult Top 40, and the Spanish version of the song, "Genio Atrapado" (English: "Trapped Genie"), was a modest hit on the Latin chart. Strong sales assured the single a platinum certification. "Genie in a Bottle" stayed on Billboard Hot 100 for 25 weeks, and 24 weeks in the United Kingdom. Internationally, a similar chart dominance was seen, as the track went to number one in both the United Kingdom and Canada for multiple weeks. It charted within the top five in every country it charted. Overall, the song is Aguilera's second-highest charting single, behind "Lady Marmalade", a collaboration with Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink. "Genie in a Bottle" was certified platinum in Germany for selling over 500,000 units. The single was also certified platinum in Australia for selling over 70,000 units.
"Genie in a Bottle" became Aguilera's first No. 1 on the Worldwide Singles chart, where it stayed on the charts for 29 weeks and ended up at #3 on the Year-End chart. "Genie in a Bottle" was certified platinum in almost every country it was released in, selling nearly two million in the United States alone. It peaked at No. 7 on the Year-End charts in the United States, and No. 7 on the European Year-End charts.
In 2007, the song was ranked #38 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.
Main article: Genie in a Bottle 9music video)
The music video begins with Aguilera laying on a beach, wearing a white crop top and shorts. In the next scene, she is seen wearing a jean outfit while sitting on a deck. The video breaks into a dance scene, where Aguilera wears a white crop top with orange pants and a mini turquoise shawl. Aguilera's friends in the music video visit her house where they meet up with a group of guys driving a red car. She is then on top of the car on her knees singing, wearing a pink crop top and white capris. The music video ends with a guy chasing after Aguilera, and together they sit with a group of friends while a bonfire is lit.
"Genio Atrapado" remixes and other versionsEdit
The song was translated to "Genio Atrapado," ("Trapped Genie") in Spanish. It was the first single from the album Mi Reflejo, which was Aguilera's first Spanish studio album.
- "Genio Atrapado" (album version) 3:37
- "Genio Atrapado' (Pablo Flores Miami mix) 10:20
- "Genio Atrapado" (Pablo Flores Miami mix edit) 4:37
- "Genio Atrapado" (Pablo Flores dub) 8:03
The music video for "Genio Atrapado" mostly remained the same from the English language version, "Genie in a Bottle," except the scenes in which Aguilera actually sings were re-shot with a slightly different backdrop in order for her lips to match the Spanish lyrics. These re-shot scenes were mixed into scenes in which she is not singing from the original "Genie in a Bottle" music video in order to make it seem as if both videos are seamlessly the same.
A new electronic version of the song, named "Genie 2.0", was performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, to commemorate Aguilera's first greatest hits compilation Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits and the 25th anniversary of the MTV Video Music Awards. Both the original version and the remake are included on Keeps Gettin' Better.
Aguilera performed "Genie in a Bottle" on her tour and at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The Freelance Hellraiser created a bootleg remix of "Genie in a Bottle" and the instrumental track of The Strokes' "Hard to Explain", called "A Stroke of Genie-us". The remix was played on the British radio station Xfm, and received favorable reviews. This song is one of the earliest examples of the mashup genre. The song was sampled to "Till I'm Gone" by Tinie Tempah and Wiz Khalifa with the bridge of "my body say let's go. But; my heart said no." on the chorus.
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|United States||June 22, 1999||CD single|
|Germany||September 14, 1999|
|United Kingdom||October 11, 1999|