Christina Aguilera has settled her lawsuit with Warlock Records, paving the way for the release of Just Be Free, a compilation of demos she recorded when she was fourteen. The suit, filed by the pop star in May, maintained that the demos were made to shop the singer to record labels and not intended for commercial distribution. Aguilera believed that the demos are of lesser quality than the content she currently produces and therefore did not want the material released and marketed to her fans.
While the singer may have settled the suit – the terms of which are confidential – her opinion of the recordings has not changed. As part of the deal, Aguilera will include a letter to her fans with the album explaining her position. “The recordings do not in any way reflect my current musical taste and where I am as an artist,” she writes. “The growth and vocal development I experienced as I matured into young adulthood is not reflected in the recordings.”
And while Just Be Free will be released on August 21st, Aguilera used the letter to her fans, addressed “Dear Friends” as an opportunity to promote her next effort, her as-yet-untitled follow-up to her 1999 multi-platinum debut. “The album of new recordings that I intend to release this fall will be the album that truly reflects my artistry, my vision and my passion. The Just Be Free recordings will hopefully be a footnote in a musical career that I dream will last for many years to come.”