Songwriter Linda Perry reveals how the track came to be.
Stripped is one of the greatest pop records of all time (fight me), and it features the powerfully persuasive ballad, “Beautiful.” The track thwarts negative thinking about one’s own self. Incessant personal judgement is toxic, so Linda Perry penned a song to fight it.
In a clip making the rounds online, Perry opens up about writing the song for her, but after getting to know Christina Aguilera at that time, it was obvious Xtina could take the song and its meaning to new heights.
“It wasn’t until this hot little Christina who’s singing this song that I realized, ‘Oh she’s f–ked up, too. She’s insecure. She’s just as dark as you are, Linda. Let her have [the song],'” Perry said.
She adds that the version we know today was recorded in one take, and the famous intro, “don’t look at me,” was never meant to be part of the song.
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The story behind the iconic song, “Beautiful”, written by the legendary @RealLindaPerry and recorded it in one take with the one and only @xtina. Raw talent and vocals displayed in this timeless anthem we’ve been enjoying in over a decade now. pic.twitter.com/guPdEWs14c— Belle (@belle923x) December 26, 2019