After the release of Aguilera's sixth studio album, Bionic (2010), which failed to generate her usual sales, she divorced from her husband Jordan Bratman, starred in a film called Burlesque, and recorded its accompanying soundtrack. The singer then became a coach on NBC's singing contest show The Voice and appeared as a guest vocalist on Maroon 5's single "Moves Like Jagger" (2011), which spent four weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following these events, Aguilera announced that she wanted to record her seventh album, stating that she wanted high-quality and personal songs to record. She stated that the album would be a "culmination of everything I've experienced up until this point . . . I've been through a lot since the release of my last album, being on (The Voice), having had a divorce . . . This is all sort of a free rebirth for me. " She went on to say that "I'm embracing many different things, but it's all feel-good, super-expressive [and] super-vulnerable. " She further expressed that the album would be about "self-expression and freedom" because of the personal struggles she had overcome during the last couple of years.