"Genie in a Bottle" is a song recorded by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from her self-titled debut album (1999). It was written and produced by Steve Kipner and David Frank, with additional writing from Pamela Sheyne. Following the recording of "Reflection" forDisney's animated film Mulan in 1998, RCA Records decided to approach Aguilera to record material for her debut album during February 1999. The song was released on June 22, 1999 by the label as the lead single from the album. "Genie in a Bottle" is a teen pop and dance-pop track which incorporates elements from R&B. Lyrically, it uses sexual references to present the theme of self-respect. Due to the sexual sounds, the song sparked controversy from media outlets, as it was edited on radio stations for younger children.
Upon its release, "Genie in a Bottle" received generally favorable reviews from contemporarymusic critics. They found the track mature, clever, and provocative; some of whom complimented Aguilera's vocals on the track. It was one of the materials to help Aguilera won aGrammy Award for Best New Artist at the 2000 ceremony. Commercially, the single achieved international success, peaking within the top five of most of the charts worldwide. The song peaked atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remained for five consecutive weeks and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more than 1.4 million copies in the country. "Genie in a Bottle" also garnered similar success worldwide, peaking atop the charts of 21 nations. To date, "Genie in a Bottle" has sold over 7 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.