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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: Teams Christina and CeeLo take their turns

    'The Voice' recap: Teams Christina and CeeLo take their turns
    The second half of the top 20 — the members of Team CeeLo Green and Team Christina Aguilera — performed on "The Voice" on Tuesday, hoping to please America and their coaches and make it to the top 12. In a sort of deja vu moment, Aguilera...
  • TV ratings: 'The Voice,' 'Goldbergs' fall; 'Biggest Loser' gains

    TV ratings: 'The Voice,' 'Goldbergs' fall; 'Biggest Loser' gains
    NBC's Tuesday ratings streak is still alive, even with "The Voice" falling a bit with this week's round of live performances.  With "The Voice" and "The Biggest Loser," NBC was the highest-rated network for the seventh Tuesday in a row, drawing a 2.9 in...
  • 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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Battles end with a steal, not a whimper

    'The Voice' recap: Battles end with a steal, not a whimper
    As "The Voice" battle rounds, with their exciting coach steals and boasts about the bestowal of second chances, wrapped up Tuesday and the anticipation kicked in for next week's knockout rounds, we got some interesting news: This season, the knockouts, in...
  • 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....
  • 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' recap: Unexpected triumphs, stealthy steals

    'The Voice' recap: Unexpected triumphs, stealthy steals
    Sometimes battles on "The Voice" are won before the two vocalists face off in the ring. And sometimes we have to take on faith that the show's coaches know more about their team members' potential after working with them over the course of at least two...
  • 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'...
  • Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'

    Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'
    The Pixies are back -- again. After touring its classic material for several years as a kind of hipster oldies act, the hugely influential alt-rock band finally put out some new music last September in the form of the four-song "EP-1." The only...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Top 6 show their dedication

    'The Voice' recap: The Top 6 show their dedication
    Am I the only one who has Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" stuck in my head now? Those of us "Voice" watchers who do -- and I suspect I am not alone -- can't say Adam Levine didn't warn us. After his team member James...
  • Kim Kardashian has been 'Warholified'

    Kim Kardashian has been 'Warholified'
    Andy Warhol isn't here to paint Kim Kardashian. So niece Monica Warhol did the honors. In Touch provides a first look at the $30,000 portrait commissioned by Kanye West.   "I am picking up where Andy left off, and Kim is the perfect addition to...