Q magazine caught up with Linda Perry for an article in their November issue where she talked about hooking up with Christina Aguilera. Early in 2001, Perry had confronted Aguilera in a Los Angeles nightclub and offered an unsolicited critique of her talent. “I said, Everyone knows you can sing but it’s not convincing emotionally. I think you’re depressed. You should get in touch with it, use it in your songs.” Aguilera shot Perry a who-the-fu**-do-you-think-you-are? look and walked away, but called her about a week later. They convened at Perry’s studio in Burbank, California, where the brutal working practices continued. They sat and talked. Aguilera recalled physical abuse at the hands of her father. She began to cry and asked for the session to be abandoned. “It sounds ghoulish, and she didn’t think she could do it, but… I made her do it in tears. You’ve got to be feeling something before you can create. Some people will reveal nothing and just grind the stuff out. That’s factory work.”
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