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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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  • 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...
  • 'The Voice' recap, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez are cut, we soldier on

    'The Voice' recap, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez are cut, we soldier on
    Oh, America. You brutal, merciless fool. When it comes to "The Voice," you messed up, America. True, you cut someone who reached her peak weeks ago, but you also eliminated the twee princess who wrapped herself so tightly around our hearts. I'm not...
  • Like/Dislike, Victoria Vox, singer-songwriter

    Like/Dislike, Victoria Vox, singer-songwriter
    Even as a child, Victoria Vox knew music was her plan. "I decided that I was going to be a singer when I was 6," the 34-year-old Baltimore resident said. "I loved the way music moved me." The Green Bay, Wisc., native — and ukulele fan —...
  • History Channel uses pulpit power, Twitter, conservative sites to sell 'The Bible'

    History Channel uses pulpit power, Twitter, conservative sites to sell 'The Bible'
    A few years ago, the History Channel was best known to some as a punch line on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Remember mobster Tony Soprano sitting alone late at night in his New Jersey McMansion eating ice cream and watching World War II...
  • '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: Episode 2

    'The Voice' recap: Episode 2
    Phew! Two hours of “The Voice” is a lot to process. The NBC show was heavy on the tug-at-your-heartstrings contestant backstories tonight, which can make for some intense emotional weight-lifting. But we all survived, and slowly but surely,...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Episode 3, Gaithersburg's Erin Willet joins Team Blake

    'The Voice' recap: Episode 3, Gaithersburg's Erin Willet joins Team Blake
    Another week of blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice,” and another two hours to boil down into a single blog post. A nice change of pace this week for the audience: Instead of clipped montages of contestants who didn’t make the...
  • 'The Voice' recap: One last chance to impress for final four

    'The Voice' recap: One last chance to impress for final four
    Whew! The final four contestants on “The Voice” were busy-sy-sy last night, performing three times each. It’s getting down to the wire for Jermaine Paul, Juliet Simms, Chris Mann and Tony Lucca, and Monday was their last shot at wooing...