Christina Aguilera - "Candyman"

Christina Aguilera Candyman
Christina Aguilera - "Candyman". Courtesy RCA

The Bottom Line

Grab a partner and get ready to cut the rug! Christina Aguilera is back in dance mode, and this time it's swing. It all works with energy to spare. Some listeners may want to be alerted to the sexual content. It is Christina Aguilera, and she doesn't hold much back. Don't miss the accompanying video with Christina in full Andrews Sisters mode.

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Pros

  • 40's Swing Vibe
  • Christina Aguilera's vocal chops

Cons

  • Some might be turned off by the overt sexual content

Description

  • 40's style horns and swing beats
  • Trademark throaty singing from Christina Aguilera
  • Spirit of fun and dance

Review

It's big, bold and brassy just like Christina Aguilera herself. "Candyman" takes us back to 40's USO shows featuring the Andrews Sisters and a crowd ready to jitterbug. Christina Aguilera and producer Linda Perry have stated that "Candyman" was recorded as a tribute to the Andrews Sisters' classic "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Primarily due to possessing some of the strongest vocal chops in the music business, Christina Aguilera pulls it all off with no hint of karaoke or parody.

The entire song amounts to a sexual double entendre. As stated elsewhere on the album Back to Basics, she is "still dirrty." The "Candyman" of the title is identified as "a one stop shop who makes my cherry pop!" Fortunately, the energy in the song is so focused on dancing and hooks that the sexual content comes off sounding more like a wink than a wallow.

We will be watching the pop radio response to "Candyman." Christina Aguilera's songs are so big in sound and approach that they sometimes are difficult to slot comfortably in with a contemporary pop playlist. Songs like "Hurt" are produced in showstopper mode leaving them difficult to program as radio music meant to be in the background.

However, "Candyman" will impact the charts and Christina Aguilera continues to demonstrate she is one of the top female artists in the business.

Music Video

Matthew Rolston co-directed the "Candyman" music video with Christina Aguilera. He is well-known as both a photographer and music video director. His videos include TLC's "Creep," Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious," and George Michael's "Amazing." Christina Aguilera appears in three different hair colors - red, brunette, and blonde. She is also dressed like 40's era pin-up girls Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Rita Hayworth. Benji Schwimmer, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance in 2006, performs in the music video as Christina Aguilera's dancing partner. "Candyman" earned an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Director.

Chart Performance and Legacy

"Candyman" became a moderate hit for Christina Aguilera. It peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it her 14th top 40 hit single. It also crossed over to the dance chart and climbed inside the top 20. The song also found moderate success overseas. In Australia and New Zealand, "Candyman" hit #2 on the pop singles charts. By 2014, the song had sold more than one million digital copies in the US.

It was the third and final top 40 pop hit single from the #1 hit album Back To Basics.

Christina Aguilera performed "Candyman" live on the December 31, 2006 New Year's Rockin' Eve TV show. She also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance with the recording.