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"What a Girl Wants" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from her self-titled debut album (1999).
The single eventually earned gold certifications in countries including Australia, Belgium, Sweden and the US.
A music video was released directed by Diane Martel who had also directed her previous video for "Genie in a Bottle".
The video presented Aguilera dancing in a room with female friends whilst being viewed by their boyfriends and saw a scene of her dressed as a medieval-style princess.
In December 1999, the video reached pole position on the US music video chart TRL.
Aguilera has performed the song at events such as the US Jingle Ball and the MTV New Year's Eve Special in 1999, as well as her tours including the 2000–01 Christina Aguilera: In Concert, the 2003 Stripped Live... The label and Aguilera disputed over which track should be released, with Aguilera recalling: "You know, some people do want me to stay in the pop scene, [but] I want to grow from there.
I always want to continue growing and getting to that level of, 'Oh, she's a real singer, a real ballad-singer, she can do it'." However the announcement then came that "What a Girl Wants" would be released as the follow-up single, with Aguilera saying "The next single will be 'What a Girl Wants', but a totally cool remix of it".The single was not chosen by Aguilera, but instead her record label RCA and label executive Ron Fair.A Spanish version of the song, titled "Una Mujer," was included on Aguilera's second studio album Mi Reflejo (2000).The song was described as a pop and R&B track and had similarities to "Genie in a Bottle".The song received positive reviews from music critics, who described it as a "light" song and compared Aguilera's vocals on the track to those of Mariah Carey.Commercially, the song became her second consecutive US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, and topped the charts in New Zealand and Spain.