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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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  • Coachella 2014: EDM star Garrix aims to rise above 'Animals' instinct

     Coachella 2014: EDM star Garrix aims to rise above 'Animals' instinct
    Last May, the Dutch dance music label Spinnin' Records quietly uploaded part of a new track to its social media accounts. "Animals (Teaser)" was an instrumental number, full of evil sing-songy synth riffs and stuttering drums. Early speculation pegged...
  • 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...
  • 'Gossip Girl's' Leighton Meester reportedly weds 'OC's' Adam Brody

    'Gossip Girl's' Leighton Meester reportedly weds 'OC's' Adam Brody
    Are those wedding bells we hear, Upper East Siders? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody have reportedly tied the knot, according to several reports out Tuesday.  Where's Gossip Girl to get the scoop when you need her? The "Gossip Girl" starlet and "The...
  • Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases

    Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases
    Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store — a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several...
  • Is 'Batman' returning to its funny TV series roots?

    "HOLY NOSTALGIA, Batman!" WHO DOESN'T remember the fun and frolic of the 1966 "Batman" series, starring Adam West (still working steadily on "Family Guy") and Burt Ward as Robin? The show ran only three seasons, but filled with as much high camp as it...
  • Coldplay's Chris Martin joins 'The Voice' in format twist

    “The Voice” is getting yet another dose of pop star power. NBC’s hit singing competition show has recruited Coldplay's Chris Martin to serve as a mentor. Martin isn’t jumping into one of the plush, red spinning-chairs...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • '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...