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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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  • Precious reunion for a good cause

    Precious reunion for a good cause
    For Orlando musician Steve Garron, the will to survive has been hard-earned, after years of medical treatments that have left him physically and emotionally drained. Garron returns to the stage Sunday, headlining a benefit reunion show with his much-...
  • In Reality TV, Bold Shows Yield Hidden Wins

    In today's unscripted landscape, where copycat formats spring up like weeds, this year brings to mind a classic adage: "Nothing ventured, Nothing gained." Nowhere could this quotation be seen more than with mega-gameshow "Million Second Quiz," airing...
  • Would you buy [product name here] from Blake Shelton? Yes!

    Would you buy [product name here] from Blake Shelton? Yes!
    Whether the country music stars who’ll be front and center at the CMA Awards show from Nashville are coming up with the songs that make the whole world sing could be debated, but they’re certainly some of the most trusted celebrities around....
  • '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: Top 12 is set as eight talents head home

    'The Voice' recap: Top 12 is set as eight talents head home
    Team by team by team by team, "The Voice" set its top 12 on Thursday night in a one-hour special episode that saw the remaining eight talented artists in the top 20 sent home. With few weak links among the top 20, there were certain to be some sad...
  • TV ratings: 'Sean Saves the World' boosted by special 'Voice'

    TV ratings: 'Sean Saves the World' boosted by special 'Voice'
    "The Voice" came to Sean Hayes' rescue Thursday night. The NBC singing contest is down to its final coterie of contestants, with three singers for each team led by Christina Aguilera, Ceelo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Proving the show's clout,...
  • O say! James Taylor mashes national anthem, 'America the Beautiful'

    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's' Carson Daly happy Christina Aguilera still has breasts

     
    Looks like it might be time for a sexual harassment seminar on the "Voice" set. During a recent press conference, Christina Aguilera was answering questions about her newly-slimmed down physique, when Carson Daly interjected with some awkward praise....
  • Listen: Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera team for 'Do What U Want'

    "[P]ink champagne, gold lame, hair, and fearlessness." That's how Lady Gaga described the new version of "Do What U Want" that she linked to Tuesday on Twitter, and she's right at the very least about the hair. Though "Do What U Want" appears on Gaga'...
  • Miss Teen USA 'sextortion' suspect expected to plead guilty

    A Temecula man is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday to “sextorting” nude photos and videos from the recently crowned Miss Teen USA and other women by hacking into their computers. In a court filing submitted Monday in an...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Top 12 show range and passion

    'The Voice' recap: The Top 12 show range and passion
    Rock-and-roll hearts, gospel roots and R&B souls: The top 12 singers on 'The Voice" sought to show their passion and range on Monday's performance-packed show. Some returned to their sweet spots. Others stepped out of their comfort zones. It was a night...
  • Area man brings down the house on 'The Voice' with Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball.' But are his chances to win now in rubble?

     
    Bucks County singer Matthew Schuler, uh, brought down the house with his performance of the Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball” on the NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice” Tuesday, but this is one critic who fears it actually may...