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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: 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • American Idol: New judge this season

     
    Move over that 'mysterious' beverage Paula Abdul. You'll have a little less time to say one less 'dog' Randy Jackson. And Simon Cowell, well I doubt he's really going to change much this coming season of American Idol when a......
  • 'Project Runway': Suede says Suede is eliminated.

     
    Last night's episode of Project Runway starts with the obligatory bathroom shot. The designers are getting ready for another day. And what awaits them when they get to the runway? They get to repick their models.There are eight models and......
  • 'American Idol' visits New York, San Juan

     
    American Idol was searching for talent in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York City. Surely the judges were going to discover a good amount of gems. The two-city special featured a fare share of duds.Enter Adeola Adegoke, 19, a......
  • 'American Idol': Wildcard results complete the finals

     
    There are three more spots in this season's American Idol Top 12. Ryan Seacrest introduces the show as if something sacred is about to happen. It's not.But it should be entertaining!Lest there be any doubt, the judges will be choosing......
  • Project Runway: What A Girl Wants

     
    Greetings and salutations, Project Runway junkies. I'm Kevin Van Valkenburg, sports writer when sober, fashion blogger/recapper when not. First, a brief apology for my absence last week. I'd like to tell you I was so overcome with all the emotion......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Top 8 men perform

     
    On tonight's American Idol, I'm hoping to hear much less about what kind of artists these people are going to be and more good singing. (But seriously, if they wanted people who already knew what kind artists they were, then......
  • 'American Idol' results: A winner is named

     
    What a long, strange season it's been. We lost the quirky entertainment of judge Paula Abdul. We learned it was Simon Cowell's last time behind this particular judges' table. We got to know Ellen DeGeneres in a new context --......
  • New music from troubled divas, other hit makers

    Coming this fall: The Drama of the Troubled Diva. For the next four months, many of pop's juiciest plot lines will feature female singers struggling back from the brink. They include Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and TLC, all of whom have spent far...
  • National anthem can be a perilous fight for singers

    O say can you see, by the dawn's early light… That light painfully dawns on a screeching rock star attempting to recapture lost glory, a scruffy folk singer torturously immortalizing his mandolin, a hip quartet desperately trying to create a...