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"Keeps Gettin' Better" is a song by American singer Christina Aguilera. It was released as the only single from her greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits. The song peaked at #7 in United States, #4 in Canada and #2 in Turkey.

Song information

In the song, Aguilera refers herself as both a "super-girl" and a "super-bitch" and in an interview with MSN she said following "After having my own child, it's pretty amazing what females are capable of. We're Supergirl, we do it all: we give the love, we give the milk. On the other hand, I'm running a business. I'm running my career. That comes with being labeled a bitch. If that's what I'm gonna be called by being assertive and knowing who I am and what I want out of life, then so be it. I will wear that label proudly. For me it's about turning that word into a positive."

Critical response

Billboard Magazine wrote the following about the song, "While it wouldn't make for an interesting album's worth of material, Aguilera's exciting performance of the song at MTV's Video Music Awards shows an artist that knows when it's time to change it up. Teamed again with the incomparable Linda Perry, "Better" should have no problem keeping company with Tina's rich catalog of hits."

Music editor Nick Levine from British entertainment and media website Digital Spy welcomed the single writing, "It isn't one of Christina's boldest singles, but it's a welcome change from what she was up to on Back to Basics and will more than hold its own on her greatest hits album."

Entertainment Weekly listed "Keeps Gettin' Better" under "16 Fall Music Essentials", saying, "Xtina isn't quite ready to release a follow-up to's 2006's Back To Basics yet, but in the meantime, she's keeping fans happy with this bouncy dance-pop anthem." Sunday Times listed the song as one of the hottest downloads of the first November week.

Music video

Beginning with October 24, iLike started premiering behind-the-scenes teaser a day, which featured interviews with Christina Aguilera. The music video was released in iLike on October 27.

Popjustice said, "The video, which was filmed by Peter Berg (Hancock) will feature Aguilera as Catwoman, but the video's a riot of costume changes, makeovers, multiple 'scenarios' and Christina even seems to look like she's having fun".

People reported, "I really enjoyed making the video. Being an artist who likes to play around with different looks, it was a lot of fun to portray various characters within the same shoot."

The video was released to UK iTunes on October 30 only 4 days before its UK single release date.

It was the 8th best video of 2008 by Facebook, while it was ranked 17th on the list of VH1.

Live performances

Its first television performance was at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2008. MTV.com wrote, following her performance the next day:

"Christina Aguilera, who was poured into a second-skin leather catsuit accessorized with silver armbands, a black-leather cat mask, black gauzy cape and platinum-blond hair. Standing in a tower of neon-lit boxes, Christina gave a taste of the future-shock version of her first hit, "Genie in a Bottle," before slinking over to a glowing set to perform her new Goldfrapp-like techno dance tune "Keep Getting' Better."

Aguilera has also been performing her single "Keeps Gettin' Better" with other past singles in the United Arab Emiratesmarker, Ukrainemarker and the United Kingdommarker.

In the American Music Awards 2008, she made a musical medley of six of her greatest hits including "Keeps Gettin' Better".

Formats and track listings

CD single
  1. "Keeps Gettin' Better" – 3:03
  2. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Instrumental) – 3:04


Promotional single
  1. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Main Version) – 3:03
  2. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Remix) – 2:43
  3. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Call Out Hook) – 0:18


iTunes Digital single
  1. "Keeps Gettin' Better" - 3:03
  2. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Tom Neville's Worse For Wear Remix) - 7:27


iTunes Remixes single
  1. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Jody den Broeder Trip Radio) - 4:06
  2. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Jason Nevins Radio) - 3:18
  3. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Donni Hotwheel Radio) - 3:19
  4. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Jody den Broeder Super Club) - 9:35
  5. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Baggi Begovic & Soul Conspiracy Dub Mix) - 9:04
  6. "Keeps Gettin' Better" (Jody den Broeder Trip Club Mix) - 8:29


Personnel

  • Producer: Linda Perry
  • Writers: Christina Aguilera, Linda Perry
  • All Instruments and Programming: Linda Perry
  • Drum Programming: Marc Jameson www.marcjameson.com
  • Engineering: Linda Perry
  • Published by: Xtina Music / Universal Music Careers


Chart performance

The song debuted on September 21 on Australian ARIA Charts at #26. Although it only reached the top 30 there, it received huge airplay and was played frequently on Video Hits.

The song has performed well on the Canadian Hot 100 chart: It first debuted at #16, and a week later the song became the "Greatest Airplay, Sales Gainer" moving up and peaking #4. However, the track only spent one week within the top ten.

On September 30, the song was released on the American iTunes Store where it reached #7 in a matter of hours and peaked at #2 on iTunes Top 100 songs."Keeps Gettin' Better" reached the number 11 of the most played songs in American Pop radios.After being digitally released on September 30, 2008, "Keeps Gettin' Better" sold 143,895 legal downloads in its first week causing it to make a "Hot Shot Debut" at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue date October 18. This has become Aguilera's highest debut on the chart and her first top ten hit since "Ain't No Other Man" in 2006, currently selling over 800,000 digital downloads.

In the UK, "Keeps Gettin' Better" has been added to the C-List of BBC's Radio 1 Playlist. Despite receiving hardly any airplay from Radio 1 and being released only digitally, the song managed a top 20 chart debut in the UK at number 14.

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 26
Ö3 Austria Top 40 15
Canadian Hot 100 4
European Hot 100 Singles 29
German Singles Chart 14
German Airplay Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart 14
Italian Singles Chart 12
Japan Hot 100 Singles 17
New Zealand Singles Chart 36
Slovakiamarker Airplay Chart 13
South Korean International Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 21
Turkey Top 20 Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 7
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 11
Venezuela Top 100 6


Release history

Region Date Format Label
Australia September 9, 2008 Digital download, airplay Sony BMG
Canadamarker
Netherlandsmarker
Spainmarker
Italymarker September 22, 2008 Digital download, airplay Sony BMG
United Statesmarker September 30, 2008 Digital download RCA Records
September 23, 2008 Airplay
Australia October 25, 2008 CD single Sony BMG
United Kingdommarker November 3, 2008 Digital download
Europe November 7, 2008 CD single


References

  1. http://apps.facebook.com/ilike/top10
  2. http://newmusicreviews.net/vh1-top-40-videos-of-2008/
  3. [1]
  4. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/chart_display.jsp?f=European+Hot+100+Singles&pageNumber=Top+11-50&g=Singles
  5. http://germancharts.com/airplay_charts.asp?week=200849
  6. [2]
  7. http://www.hanteo.com/rank/songRanking.asp?cweek=200842&genre=51
  8. http://www.billboard.com.tr/pages/Turkiye_top20.aspx


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