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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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  • National anthem can be a perilous fight for singers

    O say can you see, by the dawn's early light… That light painfully dawns on a screeching rock star attempting to recapture lost glory, a scruffy folk singer torturously immortalizing his mandolin, a hip quartet desperately trying to create a...
  • Dumping it all, an aspiring actress heads to Hollywood [Commentary]

    When I spoke to Liz Cassedy during the height of our freezing polar vortex this winter, it was like twisting the cap off a bottle of sparkling Champagne. Her effervescent, adventurous spirit was the balm I needed for my annual unwanted visitor: Seasonal...
  • LP's 'Forever For Now' should make her huge

    LP's 'Forever For Now' should make her huge
    ***1/2 (out of four) Enough of Rihanna and Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The world is (at least, should be) ready for a new pop star. Based on “Forever For Now,” that star should be LP, whose major-label debut is nothing less than 12 consecutive...
  • 'O say' you can see the flag, manuscript of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' in one place

    WASHINGTON It's hard to sing and sometimes hard to remember. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a challenge for even professional singers, who have stumbled over it at venues like the Super Bowl. But it is also the national anthem, the patriotic musical...
  • Celebrating 45 Years with the Writers of 'Sesame Street'

    Before settling on "Homelamb" as the punny title for a parody of the hit Showtime series, veteran "Sesame Street" scribe Belinda Ward toyed around with many iterations, none of them quite right. " 'Homeland' was a very interesting writing process,"...
  • I Heart Radio Music Awards? It's hard to not be profoundly skeptical

    I Heart Radio Music Awards? It's hard to not be profoundly skeptical
    With the arrival Thursday night of yet another prime-time music awards show, the first I Heart Radio Music Awards, comes an album's worth of questions. Do networks and popular music decision-makers think the only way for the American public to...
  • Review: Lady Gaga at BB&T Center in Sunrise

    Review: Lady Gaga at BB&T Center in Sunrise
    Facing a sea of fans bobbing in fishnet, flourescent wigs and glitter makeup, Lady Gaga kicked off her tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Sunday night.   The concert made up for two canceled South Florida shows in March. And, she did not disappoint....
  • 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...
  • L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set

    L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set
    For five decades, retailer Fred Segal has played an integral role in the shopping scene in Los Angeles as a landmark, a destination and a reflection of the city's larger style culture. And for 24 of the retailer's 53 years, native Angeleno John Eshaya was...
  • 'The Voice': Did Orlando singer survive?

    '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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Before Josh Kaufman wins, so many stars

    Josh Kaufman of Team Usher captured the Season 6 crown on Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice." Team Blake's Jake Worthington came in second, and Team Adam's Christina Grimmie slid in at third. This we've discussed. But that news came in the final...