Christina has reportedly been dropped from her label. I'm sure some people saw this coming a mile away, but apparently, Christina didn't expect it. This might have been prevented, if she'd gotten some helpful advice along the way. It may be too late now, but maybe she can focus on her acting career, and make a huge musical comeback a la Jamie Foxx, in about 10 years or so.
If only she had done things a little differently– maybe these helpful tips could have lengthened her tenure at Def Jam:
- If your album is not really amazing, don't name it So Amazing.
- You can't change musical styles like some people change outfits, unless you're an established star like Madonna, Janet Jackson, or Gwen Stefani.
- No musical star (or other celebrity, for that matter) ever becomes gangsta (see MC Hammer, Ricky Martin or Tom Cruise for further explanation). You can start out gangsta and soften your image (e.g. Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube), but you can never start out soft and then later become gangsta. (Yes, I know that Tupac managed to pull this off, but he is the only one who did it "successfully"– and look what happened to him).
- Item #3 also holds true for artists who want to develop newly found traits of "ghetto fabulousness" or "fabulosity" (see Whitney Houston). It never works. Really, don't try it. (This includes things like bragging about the fact that you cut off your naturally long hair to get a weave).
- Don't agree to changing your personal style to one that so closely matches that of the reigning diva of the moment, and then act surprised when you constantly get compared to her.
- Don't make disparaging remarks about said diva's talent (or lack thereof) if her boyfriend is the current president of your record label.
- Don't get caught in questionable or compromising situations with the president of your label.
- Don't make a diss record about your ex-boyfriend if he has never publicly made any disparaging remarks about you (especially if his corniness speaks for itself). (Only Janet Jackson can get away with this).
- Don't wait until the eleventh hour to play the Ethnicity Card. If you have some sort of "ethnic flavor" start using it to your advantage from the beginning.
- Don't brag that your album will make it to "diamond" sales status, especially when even the biggest stars only make it to this level after years of steady sales.