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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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  • 'X Factor' recap, Britney Spears' coronation, and two Maryland contestants

    'X Factor' recap, Britney Spears' coronation, and two Maryland contestants
    Three weeks in and we're almost done with the auditions. We've seen it all -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's always been entertaining though. On this episode, we heard from two Maryland contestants. One made a lasting impression and the other ......
  • 'The Voice' recap, Competition is getting fiercer

    'The Voice' recap, Competition is getting fiercer
    Spots are getting scant on the teams of NBC's "The Voice" so the coaches are getting pickier and pickier (and sassier and sassier) and competition's getting fierce. But for the contestants, it's still all about singing and dreams. Michelle Brooks-...
  • 'The Voice' recap, The battling and stealing continues

    'The Voice' recap, The battling and stealing continues
    We're about half done with the battle rounds on NBC's "The Voice," and coaches have been making some tough decisions in whittling down their teams. But for every few cuts they make, an addition happens with a steal. Interesting thing to note: After...
  • Singers David Correy, Nelson Emokpae are in harmony on reality TV

    Singers David Correy, Nelson Emokpae are in harmony on reality TV
    At first glance, David Correy and Nelson Emokpae could not be more different. One is a humble, clean-cut 32-year-old African native with a silky voice. The other is 26, covered in tattoos and piercings and so passionate about his music he breaks down...
  • 'The Voice' recap, Goodbye to Baltimore's Nelly's Echo

    'The Voice' recap, Goodbye to Baltimore's Nelly's Echo
    Baltimore’s Nelly’s Echo made his second — and unfortunately last — appearance on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night, as contestants entered into the battle rounds and some, sadly, went home. TEAM CHRISTINA  Nelly&...
  • 'The Voice' recap, Blind auditions continue

    'The Voice' recap, Blind auditions continue
    Big news for NBC's "The Voice" -- executive producer Mark Burnett announced that both Usher and Shakira will be taking seats in the spinning chairs in Season 4, replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, as the latter record, tour and generally be...
  • 'The Voice' recap, The final night of blind auditions

    'The Voice' recap, The final night of blind auditions
    It's the last night of blind auditions, and each coach only has two spots left on their teams. You ready? Because the best moment in NBC's "The Voice" history happened tonight. Nathalie Hernandez, 15, from Florida with Taylor Swift's "White Horse"...
  • 'American Idol' recap, The sudden death round

    'American Idol' recap, The sudden death round
    Ten ladies, one song, one chance, no mercy. It's the sudden death round. Contestants take the stage of The Mirage in Las Vegas, in front of their first live audience. This week's show begins with the ladies. The first ten will perform and only five will...
  • Youngsters take the stage at Laurel Youth Music Showcase

    Youngsters take the stage at Laurel Youth Music Showcase
    On a hot July evening, 9-year-old Chantale Noesi stepped onto the Burton Memorial Stage at Laurel's Granville Gude Park. After introducing herself, Chantale dove into a performance of Christina Aguilera's "Hurt" as a karaoke track played over the...
  • Darlington kicks off Independence Day celebrations

    Darlington kicks off Independence Day celebrations
    Darlington played host Saturday to the first of many Independence Day celebrations taking place in and around Harford County over the next week, with a parade, Darlington Idol contest and fireworks. "This is one of the better, what I would call,...
  • 'The Voice' finale recap, Danielle Bradbery wins the Season 4 title

    'The Voice' finale recap, Danielle Bradbery wins the Season 4 title
    It was the night we've been waiting for — we would finally find out who would become Season 4’s “The Voice." Would it be the dynamic duo from Oklahoma, the quirky girl with the big voice and glasses or the 16-year-old Texas native that...
  • 'The Voice' recap, ugh, Cassadee Pope

    'The Voice' recap, ugh, Cassadee Pope
    Well, America, now you've done it. By eliminating Dez Duron last week, you’ve officially knocked Christina Aguilera out of competition on "The Voice," and I warned you, I WARNED you, that she would become insufferable if she had nothing else to do...