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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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  • Christina Aguilera engaged to boyfriend Matt Rutler: See the giant ring

     
    Talk about a special Valentine's Day. After nearly three years of dating, Christina Aguilera has announced she and boyfriend Matt Rutler are going to make it official....
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    Natasha Richardson's death still not 100% 'real' for Liam Neeson
    Five years after Natasha Richardson was fatally injured during a ski trip, Liam Neeson admits that the experience of his wife's death at age 45 "was never real. It still kind of isn't." Talking to Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes," the 61-year-old actor...
  • Christina Aguilera engaged to Matthew Rutler

    Christina Aguilera engaged to Matthew Rutler
    Christina Aguilera is engaged to boyfriend Matthew Rutler, the singer and "The Voice" coach announced Friday afternoon on Twitter. "He asked and I said ...... ," she tweeted, along with a picture of them holding hands, flashing her giant diamond...
  • Simon Cowell shares photos of new baby son Eric

    Simon Cowell shares photos of new baby son Eric
    Simon Cowell was sharing the love over the weekend on Twitter, posting pics of Eric, his new son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman. "I never knew how much love and pride I would feel," read "The X Factor" judge's caption on the photo showcased above,...
  • Lamar Odom hopes divorce from Khloe Kardashian won't happen

    Lamar Odom had some sweet words for his lady love Khloe Kardashian despite their split in December. And that whole divorce thing? Call him an eternal optimist, because he doesn't seem to think it's going to happen. Odom, 34, who has been embroiled in...
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    O say! James Taylor mashes national anthem, 'America the Beautiful'
    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...
  • Chauffeurs are the driving force for stars on Oscar night

    Chauffeurs are the driving force for stars on Oscar night
    Cylinders hum, dashboards glow. Hubcaps glitter like necklaces. The limos are gassed and the chauffeurs, GPS apps glowing from hand-helds, are plotting routes for Sunday's Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The drivers are the captains of...
  • '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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Knockout steal knocks it up a notch

    '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...