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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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    Can this man save the music business?
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  • CeeLo Green: 'I'm Not Coming Back' to 'The Voice'

    CeeLo Green told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday that he will not return to "The Voice." "I'm not coming back at all," Green told DeGeneres on her show. "I just don't want to wear out my welcome there, you know what I'm saying? I have so many other things...
  • Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy expecting a baby with model girlfriend

    Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy expecting a baby with model girlfriend
    Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is expecting a baby with girlfriend Meagan Camper, a model. First using the emojis saying "man + woman = baby," the bassist wrote Monday on Instagram, "we're super excited to announce we're expecting a baby!" With it he posted...
  • Christina Aguilera engaged to boyfriend Matt Rutler: See the giant ring

     
    Talk about a special Valentine's Day. After nearly three years of dating, Christina Aguilera has announced she and boyfriend Matt Rutler are going to make it official....
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    Surprise! Kate Upton lands Sports Illustrated Swimsuit flip cover
    Remember how Kate Upton didn't make the front cover of 2014's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Well, it turns out she's on the back cover instead.  The curvy supermodel clinched the backside bonus flip cover of the mag's 50th anniversary edition, an...
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    We at Lehigh Valley music have long said the Super Bowl halftime show is just that – a show at a sporting event, not a concert. And within those perimeters, Bruno Mars’ performance with The Red Hot Chili Peppers on......
  • Super Bowl XLVIII: Watch Renee Fleming sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

    Super Bowl XLVIII: Watch Renee Fleming sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
    The Seattle Seahawks took home the Super Bowl championship on Sunday, roundly beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Another big winner for the evening was operatic soprano Renée Fleming, whose near flawless rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" provided a...
  • 'Frozen' actor Josh Gad welcomes second baby girl

    'Frozen' actor Josh Gad welcomes second baby girl
    Theater and film star Josh Gad may have his very own Anna and Elsa on his hands! The actor has welcomed a second baby girl.  "Well, it's official. I am a daddy again. And my wife deserves an award for her incredible strength and amazing demeanor....
  • Lamar Odom hopes divorce from Khloe Kardashian won't happen

    Lamar Odom had some sweet words for his lady love Khloe Kardashian despite their split in December. And that whole divorce thing? Call him an eternal optimist, because he doesn't seem to think it's going to happen. Odom, 34, who has been embroiled in...
  • On the Town: Burroughs High vocal group celebrates 35 years

    On the Town: Burroughs High vocal group celebrates 35 years
    Granted, that little awards show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres over at the Dolby Theater showcased and honored some pretty great talent last Sunday evening. However, not to be outdone here on the Burbank side of Mount Lee, Sunday also saw the John Burroughs...
  • Chauffeurs are the driving force for stars on Oscar night

    Chauffeurs are the driving force for stars on Oscar night
    Cylinders hum, dashboards glow. Hubcaps glitter like necklaces. The limos are gassed and the chauffeurs, GPS apps glowing from hand-helds, are plotting routes for Sunday's Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The drivers are the captains of...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Shakira's lips, like her hips, don't lie

    'The Voice' recap: Shakira's lips, like her hips, don't lie
    The coaches on "The Voice" amped up the inter-chair drama -- yes, even further -- on night two of the Season 6 blind auditions. There was name-calling, umbrage taking and the defending of reputations. (Usher and the rest of us have been advised to...