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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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  • 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...
  • Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Brains on Trial' on PBS

    Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Brains on Trial' on PBS
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    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: 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...
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    '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,...
  • 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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Yoga, Usain and your top 10 performances

    'The Voice' recap: Yoga, Usain and your top 10 performances
    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...
  • 'The Voice': Christina Aguilera, Carson Daly talk fifth season

    'The Voice': Christina Aguilera, Carson Daly talk fifth season
    Christina Aguilera gets poetic when describing how it feels to have no winner under her belt as a coach/judge on "The Voice." "It sucks!" The 32-year-old singer, after taking last season off, returns to her spot in the big, twirling red chair on NBC's...
  • Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'

     Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'
    NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor — and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol"...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The old gang's back for Season 5

    'The Voice' recap: The old gang's back for Season 5
    The return of Cee Lo Green (New and improved! With a full-head, swirly henna tattoo!) and Christina Aguilera (skinny, flat-haired and with cleavage modestly covered) was marked with appropriate fanfare Monday night on the premiere of Season 5 of "The...