Liberation is Christina’s eighth studio album and iIt is scheduled to be released on June 15, 2018. It is Aguilera's first album in six years, following Lotus. The singer collaborated with various producers and songwriters to reach her desired outcome. Pharrell Williams and Linda Perry were in the studio in early stages while new collaborators such as Anderson Paak, Kanye West, Che Pope, Mike Dean, Tayla Parx, Demi Lovato, Keida, Shenseea, Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz, were confirmed to be on the album.
On May 3, 2018, Aguilera released her first single "Accelerate" featuring American singer Ty Dolla Sign and rapper 2 Chainz, while also confirming the album's title, Liberation.
Liberation was described as a hip-hop and R&B album by Billboard and Christina commented: "To me, there's nothing like an amazing hip-hop beat, while also claiming: "At the end of the day, I am a soul singer. When you strip back the words 'pop star' and the many things that I've done, singing soulfully is where my core, my root and my heart really is. And as you can see, it's what I'm inspired by’’.
About the title of the album Aguilera also commended, "I wanted to have a title that meant freeing myself from anything that wasn't my truth. That's a constant I think in everyone's life: every time you feel stifled in a current situation where you feel you're not quite yourself or being bogged down by other people's opinions. Or when you feel like you're stuck in a stagnant place."