By Len Hart
Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry wrote "Candyman" for Aguilera's studio album -- Back to Basics. Released in early 2007, it garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at 2008 Grammy Awards as the music [below] snagged an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Direction!
The video was filmed on January 28, 2007, directed by Matthew Rolston and co-directed by Aguilera. The video, based on a 1940s World War II theme, was filmed in a rented airport hangar in Southern California.
As a one woman trio, Aguilera dances and sings in three different hair colors --a tribute to the Andrews Sisters. In another scene, she appears as Rosie the Riveter from Westinghouse's We can do it poster. In other scenes, she is inspired by pin-up girls Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Rita Hayworth.
Both song and video were critical successes though some commented on what were called "highly-sexualized" lyrics. Billboard magazine called the single "raunchy", but praised it, while admitting: "Few popular vocalists could pull off such a laudable feat...!" Yahoo! Music, meanwhile, called the production "...a good-time 1940s big band romp!"