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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, 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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Make-or-break time

    'The Voice' recap: Make-or-break time
    Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” seemed to be make-or-break for many of the contestants, and with the semi-finals upon us, and just three episodes to go, the clear winners are finally breaking free from the pack. The rest? Well...
  • '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...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' winner named

     
    Tonight's Dancing With the Stars finale kicks off with a big group performance with all the pros and stars (except Michael Bolton, who's in London, and Audrina Patridge, who is "recovering from an illness"), choreographed by Jason Gilkison. After...
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 12 girls perform

     
    Janell reports on last night's Idol:Welcome to “The Night the Ladies Answer Back.” I wasn’t aware that there was a question needing an answer, but that’s what Ryan Seacrest said, so I have to believe it. In a quick pan......
  • 'The Voice': What did you think?

     
    After seeing 900 billion commercials for The Voice (and after covering Idol for the past five-and-a-half years), I figured I had to at least check it out. I hadn't counted on enjoying it as much as I did.The show......
  • Recap from 'The Voice'

     
    If you missed it, here's a recap of "The Voice." Last night, singers from Christina Aguilera's and Blake Shelton's teams competed. I totally disagree with the writer. I think Frenchie rocked that David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland song. (But that's just......
  • Shocking results in 'So You Think You Can Dance'

     
    The show opens with the entire cast dancing a Sonya Tayeh choreographed routine to "XR2" by M.I.A. I was waiting for the cast to unveil the whips and chains if you catch my drift. The first surprise to me is......