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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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  • 'The Voice' recap: Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin make the finals

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    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...
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    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...
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     Sarah Horn: Part of a Bowl-ful of talent
    Before the Earth stopped turning so that everyone could halt their lives and watch the confused, gyrating choreo-ethnography that was Miley Cyrus' appearance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, you might have stumbled upon a viral video of a very...
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  • '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...
  • Even Linda Perry Was Starstruck by Johnny Depp at Art of Elysium Heaven Gala

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    Linda Perry's 'Heaven' Gala honors Ali Larter, Hayes MacArthur
    The event: Saturday's Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala brought together a galaxy of stars on the eve of the Golden Globe Awards.  Designed by songwriter Linda Perry, according to her vision of heaven, the black-tie gala benefited Elysium organization and...
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    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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Yoga, Usain and your top 10 performances

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    In addition to a quick sprint across the Sprint Skybox by Olympic runner Usain Bolt, there to cheer on fellow Jamaican Tessanne Chin, "The Voice" brought us another run of strong performances Monday, as the top 10 singers took the stage. After an...
  • Bucks County's Matthew Schuler makes Top 12 on NBC-TV's 'The Voice'

     
    America apparently loves Bucks County singer Matthew Schuler as much as judges on the NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice” do. Matthew Schuler Schuler, 20, of Yardley, advanced on the show’s first live audience vote Thursday,...
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    'The Voice' recap: Austin Jenckes and Kat Robichaud depart
    Phew! That was close. For a minute there I was really worried that Caroline Pennell, whose captivatingly idiosyncratic vocal style and sweetly straightforward persona can make you forget she's only 17, would leave "The Voice" stage earlier than she...
  • Bruno Mars' Super Bowl halftime show not great, but as about as good as you can expect

     
    We at Lehigh Valley music have long said the Super Bowl halftime show is just that – a show at a sporting event, not a concert. And within those perimeters, Bruno Mars’ performance with The Red Hot Chili Peppers on......