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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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  • Maxim reveals Hot 100 list for 2014

    Maxim reveals Hot 100 list for 2014
    Another year, another opportunity for Maxim to rate the hottest women in the world. The men's magazine has been rolling out their annual Hot 100 list this week and revealed the new No. 1 on Thursday. Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel takes the...
  • Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases

    Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases
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    'The Voice': Did Orlando singer survive?
    Orlando singer Sisaundra Lewis electrified Monday's edition of "The Voice." Did you have any doubt she would advance to next week? Put that doubt aside. Lewis is one of the Top 8 on the NBC singing contest. "Sisaundra Lewis lives to sing another...
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    Radio pop meets club music at KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango
    "I got 20 minutes," Calvin Harris said as his set at Wango Tango came to a close, and that was all he needed. Careful not to offend his host, the Scottish DJ was complaining ever so mildly about the brevity of his slot at this annual pop-music...
  • Beverly McClellan: 'Voice' of experience

    Beverly McClellan: 'Voice' of experience
    Beverly McClellan can identify with the homeless LGBT youth who will benefit from Saturday night's AquaSounds concert at Grand Central in Miami. A Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors club veteran and Season 1 finalist on NBC's "The Voice," McClellan ran...
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    L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set
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  • Christina Aguilera reportedly expecting a baby girl with fiance

     Christina Aguilera reportedly expecting a baby girl with fiance
    Get ready for mini-Xtina: It'll be a baby girl for Christina Aguilera and fiance Matt Rutler, according to reports out Friday. The singer and "Voice" coach publicly confirmed her pregnancy news for the first time while performing at a fan event in Kuala...
  • Mariah Carey shows off birthday bracelet from husband Nick Cannon

    Mariah Carey shows off birthday bracelet from husband Nick Cannon
    Mariah Carey's got it and she's flaunting it -- her brand new birthday present, that is. The pop diva turned 44 on Thursday, and the festivities were capped with a sparkly gift from husband Nick Cannon. "Nick surprised me for 3/27 with a stellar...
  • Pharrell Williams to Replace Coach Cee Lo Green on 'The Voice'

    Pharrell Williams is the latest singing sensation to join NBC's "The Voice." The musician will replace longtime judge Cee Lo Green on the singing competition's upcoming seventh season. The show broke the happy news Monday on Twitter. Okay, we can...