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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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  • Chris Mann returns to Orlando, this time as the Phantom of the Opera

    Chris Mann returns to Orlando, this time as the Phantom of the Opera
    In the scrapbook of Chris Mann's career, Orlando will have a special page. The singer, who rose to fame in 2012 on NBC reality show "The Voice," performed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opening gala just a few weeks ago. And on Dec....
  • Rihanna is a huge 'Scandal' fan

    Rihanna is a huge 'Scandal' fan
    Good girl gone political "CYRUS!!! LET ME IN!!" #DayAtTheWhiteHouse A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) onNov 11, 2014 at 2:43pm PST We no longer have to wonder what Rihanna is doing on Thursday nights. The singer posted two photos of...
  • Breakthrough Prizes in science, math earn winners $3 million each

    Breakthrough Prizes in science, math earn winners $3 million each
    Academia doesn't usually bring rich financial rewards. But that changed Sunday for recipients of a record 12 Breakthrough Prizes, the award created two years ago by Russian billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg,...
  • Don't miss: Tony Lucca Orlando show

    Don't miss: Tony Lucca Orlando show
    WHAT: Most of us know that "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" TV series spawned the careers of future stars Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Another alumnus of the show, produced in Orlando in the 1990s, will be in town this weekend:...
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    Zumba studio opens in Arlington Heights
    Oliva Rodriguez was only a few months into the Zumba fitness craze before opening a studio in Arlington Heights that caters to the large Hispanic community in the area. "It's hard," Rodriguez said of her new business. "It's still working." Chita's Fit...
  • Concert review: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias at Amway Center

    Concert review: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias at Amway Center
      When Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias shared the spotlight on Tuesday at Amway Center, it wasn’t the first time the two Latin pop superstars had worked the arena together. In 2011, the rapper and the romantic balladeer showed that their...
  • Review: Enrique and Pitbull leave fans wanting more in Miami

    Review: Enrique and Pitbull leave fans wanting more in Miami
    No party ends before midnight in Miami.  Yet, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s concert finished too early, clocking in at only 2 and a half hours at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The Latin duo is a 2-for-1 deal during a joint tour, landing first...
  • Jennifer Lawrence Snags Celebrity Pedigreed Pad in Beverly Hills

    BUYER: Jennifer Lawrence SELLER: Sydney Holland LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA PRICE: $8,225,000 SIZE: 5,500 square feet (approx.), up to 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Though she cleaves fiercely and admirably to her pre-fame sanguinity and...
  • 'The Voice' recap: They're on each other's teams

    “The Voice” Season 7 battle rounds hit their final note on Tuesday night. Next week, it’s on to the knockout rounds, where the guest mentor for all the teams will be Taylor Swift. That should be fun.  Each coach will get one last steal...
  • DSquared2 is growing. But is it growing up? Dan and Dean Caten answer

    DSquared2 is growing. But is it growing up? Dan and Dean Caten answer
    When DSquared2, the Italian-by-way-of-Canada luxury brand helmed by identical twin brothers Dan and Dean Caten, opened the doors of its first U.S. stand-alone retail space in Beverly Hills in mid-September, it seemed uncharacteristically subdued. After...
  • Gores Brothers Play High-End Property Games

    Paradigm Talent Agency chairman Sam Gores has surreptitiously sold a two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo at the celebrity-stacked Sierra Towers building on the border of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood in an off-market deal for $3.1 million to big time...