Having spent 2011-2016 as a host on "The Voice," Christina Aguilera wasn't hitting the recording studio as much as she wanted to. Now, all that is a thing of the past. The singer is making 2018 her year with the release of her new album "Liberation" coming out June 15. The album was inspired by Aguilera's wish, or she might say need, for her own liberation. A report by Billboard provided most of the information used in this article.

Saying goodbye to the past

Though reluctant to talk about her time on "The Voice," as the singer prefers to focus on more positive things, Aguilera did reveal that her time on the show was a lot more restrictive than she could deal with long-term, calling it a "churning hamster wheel" that was just about "making good TV moments." The vocalist's artistic control was all but stripped from her, dictating what she could say, do, and wear.

Aguilera reported feeling like she was desperately trying to find ways to express herself as a result, and using her hair and make-up to do it. Though the job was a lot more comfortable than touring, which Aguilera finds slightly daunting as she hasn't gone on a full tour since her "Back to Basics" tour in 2008.

The comfort wasn't enough to keep the powerhouse on the show, as Aguilera's need for artistic control outweighed all else. Aguilera reportedly was "longing for freedom" from the show and so she left the "energy sucker" behind to embark on the revamp of her career.

New album

The 11-song album has already pre-released two songs for just a taste of the singer's new direction. Aguilera has stated that the songs follow a much more R&B and Hip-Hop style than her previous work.

The new album features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, with two tracks produced by Kanye West. For those who worry that Aguilera's iconic powerhouse vocals may not be present, have no fear. In a duet with Demi Lovato entitled "Fall in Line," there is both powerful vocals and messages of empowerment. The track also marks the first time since 2001 that Aguilera has sang with another female artist on her record, that track being "Lady Marmalade" with Lil Kim, Mya, and P!ink.

Overall, "Liberation" marks a move toward Aguilera's desire for free artistic expression and career revamp. Head of A&R at record label RCA, Keith Naftaly stated that "Liberation" is a reflection of Aguilera's personal taste as well. This reflects well on her own image, as the singer self-identifies as a "truth girl," and what better way to prove it than reflecting it in her music.

Check out the music videos below for a feel of what's to come on "Liberation."

"Accelerate" by Christina Aguilera, featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz.

"Where's Maria" by Christina Aguilera.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the full album release date on June 15!