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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera
Born Dec. 18, 1980 in Staten Island, N.Y., Christina Aguilera rode the same wave of teen-pop hysteria that launched the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and others. Like Spears, Aguilera started as a child, competing on Star Search and working as a cast member on The New Mickey Mouse Club, a kid-friendly series produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

In 1998, Aguilera recorded "Reflection" for Disney's animated feature film Mulan, a song that led to a record deal with RCA. Her self-titled 1999 debut album featured the hits "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants." The album helped her score a best new artist Grammy.

Compared with Spears, Aguilera was known...
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Born Dec. 18, 1980 in Staten Island, N.Y., Christina Aguilera rode the same wave of teen-pop hysteria that launched the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and others. Like Spears, Aguilera started as a child, competing on Star Search and working as a cast member on The New Mickey Mouse Club, a kid-friendly series produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

In 1998, Aguilera recorded "Reflection" for Disney's animated feature film Mulan, a song that led to a record deal with RCA. Her self-titled 1999 debut album featured the hits "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants." The album helped her score a best new artist Grammy.

Compared with Spears, Aguilera was known as more of a pure singer, with a powerful voice capable of technically demanding vocal turns. In 2000, she recorded the Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo, mastering the lyrics phonetically. Meanwhile, she remained a presence on the pop charts, teaming with Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim for a remake of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

Although never identified as a sex symbol in the way that Spears was, Aguilera did turn toward a more adult image in 2002 on Stripped, which featured the single "Dirrty" and the big ballad "Beautiful."

By 2006, she had gone more traditional. Back to Basics explored vintage jazz and blues styles and yielded the Grammy-winning single "Ain't No Other Man." A DVD, Back to Basics: Live and Down Under, was released in 2007.
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  • O say! James Taylor mashes national anthem, 'America the Beautiful'

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    James Taylor tried something new before Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night: a sort of mash-up of the real national anthem and the unofficial one, "America the Beautiful." Alas, not on purpose, it appears. The folk-pop icon took to the mike...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Taking it live for Season 5

    'The Voice' recap: Taking it live for Season 5
    Let the voting begin! "The Voice" went live for Season 5 on Monday night, as half of the top 20 -- five apiece on Teams Blake Shelton and Adam Levine -- vied to impress not only the coaches, but also the American public whose calls, texts, clicks and...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Live teams are set as knockouts end

    'The Voice' recap: Live teams are set as knockouts end
    Sixteen more singers offered themselves up for the final pre-live-shows-pruning that is "The Voice" knockout rounds on an extended Tuesday episode. As on Monday's knockouts, there were unexpected stumbles, expected triumphs, surprising steals (the...
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    'The Voice' recap: Knockout steal knocks it up a notch
    Since they were introduced in season 3, the knockout rounds haven't exactly been the most exciting part of "The Voice." Lacking the button-press suspense, friendly coach sparring, nifty spinning chairs and snazzy "I want you" stage lights of the blind...
  • Review: 'Hunger Games' is perfect pop for the PG-13 set

    Review: 'Hunger Games' is perfect pop for the PG-13 set
    As a snapshot of this moment in pop music, the 12 songs on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are emotional, love-obsessed and heavy on strum and rhythm. Like the first installment, the music represented on "Catching Fire" isn't...
  • 'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale

    'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale
    It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales.  The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following...
  • And the winner of 'The Voice' is ...

    And the winner of 'The Voice' is ...
    It's official: Tessanne Chin, the supple-singing pride of Jamaica, has won Season 5 of "The Voice." After a hard-fought season, in which, as the coaches often told us, the talent was perhaps the best ever to compete on the show, Chin emerged...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin make the finals

    'The Voice' recap: Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin make the finals
    The three finalists of Season 5 of "The Voice" were revealed Tuesday night, and they are (drumroll, please) … Team Adam's Tessanne Chin (yay!), Team Christina's Jacquie Lee (hooray!) and Team Adam's Will Champlin (wow, really? OK, great!). Chin...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Top 8 hit their sweet spots

    'The Voice' recap: The Top 8 hit their sweet spots
    The Top 8 singers on "The Voice" gave us a lot to love on Monday night. In addition to elaborately staging (Choreography! Exciting lighting! Fleets of backup dancers! Sprawling backing bands!), the evening's performances provided bursts of impressive...
  • Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga get lovey-dovey on 'The Voice'

    Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga get lovey-dovey on 'The Voice'
    Last year, in addition to a winner, "The Voice" finale brought us Cher. This year, before learning that Tessanne Chin had taken top honors on Tuesday's Season 5 finale, we got Lady Gaga, performing in matchy-matchy outfits with Christina Aguilera. It...
  • American Music Awards: Performers stick to routine at AMAs

    American Music Awards: Performers stick to routine at AMAs
    "I will love you unconditionally," promised Katy Perry in the opening number of the American Music Awards. Wrapped in a kimono amid an Orientalist fantasia straight out of "Kill Bill," the singer was using her appearance on the awards show, broadcast...