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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: Big talents in the Battles, Round 2, Part 2

    'The Voice' recap: Big talents in the Battles, Round 2, Part 2
    On Night 2 of the Battles, Round 2 on "The Voice," we saw more singers facing off, moving on, going home and getting stolen. It was battle business as usual, if by "usual" you mean extraordinary singers setting the stage on fire with their passion and...
  • Pharrell Williams to join NBC's 'The Voice' in the fall

    Pharrell Williams to join NBC's 'The Voice' in the fall
    Maybe Pharrell Williams' over-sized top hat is a good luck charm.  His album "Girl" is in the top 5 on the pop charts; his single "Happy" has sold more than 3.3 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan; and earlier today, his latest...
  • Can this man save the music business?

    Can this man save the music business?
    Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook. He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a...
  • Ring in 2012 with a low-stress look

    Ah, New Year's Eve. Remember when you were five years old, and you rang in the new year by doing a fake countdown with your parents at 9 p.m., banging on some pots, kissing everyone goodnight, and hitting the sack, waking up bright-eyed and bushy-...
  • Christmas puzzler: Where are the new hits?

    Christmas puzzler: Where are the new hits?
    It’s the question that gets asked every holiday season: Why can’t anyone come up with a original, classic Christmas song anymore? Many have tried, including Justin Bieber, The Killers, Christina Aguilera and even Snoop Dogg. But the last...
  • And the winner of 'The Voice' is ...

    And the winner of 'The Voice' is ...
    It's official: Tessanne Chin, the supple-singing pride of Jamaica, has won Season 5 of "The Voice." After a hard-fought season, in which, as the coaches often told us, the talent was perhaps the best ever to compete on the show, Chin emerged...
  • 'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale

    'X Factor' contestants Alex & Sierra rock iTunes ahead of finale
    It may not be having the best season in the ratings, but Simon Cowell's "X Factor" is definitely a factor in song sales.  The sweetheart duo Alex & Sierra's cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" has the top spot on iTunes' song chart following...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin make the finals

    'The Voice' recap: Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin make the finals
    The three finalists of Season 5 of "The Voice" were revealed Tuesday night, and they are (drumroll, please) … Team Adam's Tessanne Chin (yay!), Team Christina's Jacquie Lee (hooray!) and Team Adam's Will Champlin (wow, really? OK, great!). Chin...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Top 8 hit their sweet spots

    'The Voice' recap: The Top 8 hit their sweet spots
    The Top 8 singers on "The Voice" gave us a lot to love on Monday night. In addition to elaborately staging (Choreography! Exciting lighting! Fleets of backup dancers! Sprawling backing bands!), the evening's performances provided bursts of impressive...
  • Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga get lovey-dovey on 'The Voice'

    Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga get lovey-dovey on 'The Voice'
    Last year, in addition to a winner, "The Voice" finale brought us Cher. This year, before learning that Tessanne Chin had taken top honors on Tuesday's Season 5 finale, we got Lady Gaga, performing in matchy-matchy outfits with Christina Aguilera. It...
  • American Music Awards: Performers stick to routine at AMAs

    American Music Awards: Performers stick to routine at AMAs
    "I will love you unconditionally," promised Katy Perry in the opening number of the American Music Awards. Wrapped in a kimono amid an Orientalist fantasia straight out of "Kill Bill," the singer was using her appearance on the awards show, broadcast...
  • The name of the game is music at the new Forum

    The name of the game is music at the new Forum
    Seasoned concert-goers who walk into the resurrected Forum in Inglewood after it opens Wednesday with the first of six Eagles concerts may be struck as much by what's missing as by what's been added to the 46-year-old former sports palace. The...