Quick Hits: Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, Nelly Furtado, Ke$ha, Missy Elliott, Colbie Caillat
September 18, 2012

Christina Aguilera

This morning (September 18), Christina Aguilera released a teaser clip for the video for "Your Body," which was shot last month with Melina Matsoukas in the director's chair. The full video will drop soon, and during a Twitter Q&A with fans, Aguilera shared that people can expect the video to be "playful" and "tongue [in] cheek." As for her new album, which will hit stores in November, the singer wrote, "Album title: Lotus. Representing an unbreakable flower that survives under the hardest conditions and still thrives. There will be a 'Lotus' intro to set the tone for the whole record. Conceptually I didn't target one particular sound/genre. Self expression and freedom [are album themes]. The album represents a rebirth for me."

Pitbull has set a November 19 release date for Global Warming, his newest album. The international star's new single "Don't Stop The Party" is currently at radio and will make its prime-time TV debut on Dancing With The Stars next Tuesday night. Global Warming is the follow-up to Pitbull's Planet Pit album, which sold 1.4 million copies.

Nelly Furtado has not dropped an English language album since 2006's Loose, or any music at all since 2009's Spanish Mi Plan. But finally after a long wait, her new disc, The Spirit Indestructible, drops this week. "This new album juxtaposes a lot of different things," Furtado told MTV News. "There's an innocence mixed with, like, a heaviness. There's sort of a playful energy with mixed with like a raw energy. It's a bit dark and light at the same time, just harder beats with playful vocals. So this album's very inspired: a lot of comes from my own life, life stories, experiences, even a lot of the themes are joy, celebration, nostalgia, novelty. [It] kind of runs the gamut. I think it's my most lyrically strong album to date as well." She worked with different collaborators to help her craft that diverse sound, including Rodney Jerkins, Passion Pit leading man Michael Angelakos and producer Salaam Remi, who helped score Nas for a guest verse on "Something." "Salaam Remi was a big part of this album," she recalled. "He's become a great friend and every girl or guy making pop records, sometimes when you love urban music, there's always room for a great hip-hop cameo. And I think everybody's first choice is always Nas, for many reasons. And Salaam works with him so much that he said 'Oh, no problem.' He sent Nas the track, he loved it. It wasn't until I was finally sending in my liner notes to the label and handing in my lyrics that I had to ask Salaam for Nas' rap... It's one thing listening to Nas rap, but then when you see his words on paper, you really see what a poet he is."

Ke$ha's new single, "Die Young," is due out later this month, and she's been teasing the song with a series of video clips. The first, released last week, showed Ke$ha whistling the song's melody while on a Tokyo subway, and in the latest teaser, Ke$ha is belting out the chorus. She also revealed the single's cover art via Twitter, which shows her wearing a wreath of flowers, long braids and not much else.

Longtime collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland debuted two new singles - "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat" - on Hot 97/New York on Monday, before taking to Ustream to chat with fans. Elliott's upcoming album, reportedly called Block Party, is expected later this year, and the new singles are on iTunes now. "We basically coming to switch music again," Elliott said in the Ustream chat. "We've been doing this for over two decades and people wonder what took us so long, and I felt like, too, we needed to refresh our brains. And either come correct, or don't come at all."

Colbie Caillat will release Christmas in the Sand on October 23, and as one can tell by the title, the album is geared for people who celebrate Christmas in a warm climate. "I was like, 'Not everyone lives in the snow or cold places for Christmas, so why don't we write some songs for them to be able to relate to what their Christmas is like?" Caillat told Billboard.com. The set includes five originals and 10 holiday standards, as well as guest appearances by Brad Paisley on "Merry Christmas Baby" and Gavin DeGraw on "Baby It's Cold Outside." To promote Christmas in the Sand, Caillat is planning a number of TV appearances as well as a week's worth of stripped down holiday shows at the end of November and beginning of December. Meanwhile, she's also starting to write songs for her fourth album, the follow-up to 2011's All of You.

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