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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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  • 'Smash' recap: Living up to the hype

    'Smash' recap: Living up to the hype
    Is it possible to produce a mildly amusing primetime musical drama that doesn’t take place in high school or involve over- the-top singing? Yes, and ladies and gentlemen it’s called “Smash.” In the pilot episode, viewers enter...
  • Whitney Houston, music superstar, dies

    Whitney Houston, music superstar, dies
    Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the...
  • Whitney Houston dead at 48

    Whitney Houston dead at 48
    Right on the heels of the death of journalist and author Jeffrey Zaslow, ("The Last Lecture" and "The Girls from Ames") at age 53, comes the news that Whitney Houston has died, at 48. Both died much, much too young.  Houston was know for singing,...
  • Laurel native makes his debut on NBC's 'The Voice'

    Laurel native makes his debut on NBC's 'The Voice'
    Laurel native Moses Stone made his first appearance on NBC's "The Voice" Monday night, catching the eye of judge Christina Aguilera. The 2005 Laurel High graduate was selected for Aguilera's team on the singing competition show Monday, Feb. 13, thanks to...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Episode 5

    'The Voice' recap: Episode 5
    Finally, the last week of blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice.” At the start of this episode, teams helmed by Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton had precious few spots left for the taking. Cee Lo had the...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Battle Rounds begin

    'The Voice' recap: The Battle Rounds begin
    The Battle Rounds began on “The Voice” this week, complete over-singing and bogus drama from the judges. “Oh, I just can’t choose!” Yes, you can, so quit pretending to complain. Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina...
  • Dru Hill fights on

    Dru Hill fights on
    Dru Hill is many things — Baltimore's most successful R&B act; the group with the "Thong Song" lead singer; that '90s group that disappeared in the next decade, only to resurface on a little-watched reality TV show. Above all else, Dru Hill is a...
  • Audience votes could save Laurel native Moses Stone on 'The Voice'

    Audience votes could save Laurel native Moses Stone on 'The Voice'
    The fate of Laurel native Moses Stone on NBC's reality show "The Voice" is now in the hands of audience members, who will vote to see their favorite performers progress in the competition. After weeks of taped performances, "The Voice" had its first live...
  • Moses Stone's run on 'The Voice' ends after live round

    Moses Stone's run on 'The Voice' ends after live round
    The fate of Laurel native Moses Stone on NBC's talent show "The Voice" rested in the hands of his coach Christina Aguilera Tuesday, April 3, after the audience vote the night before failed to secure his eligibility in the first night of live...