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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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  • TV This Week: Sept. 22 - 28: 'Mom' on CBS

    TV This Week: Sept. 22 - 28: 'Mom' on CBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SUNDAY Neil Patrick Harris suits up to...
  • 'The Voice': Christina Aguilera, Carson Daly talk fifth season

    'The Voice': Christina Aguilera, Carson Daly talk fifth season
    Christina Aguilera gets poetic when describing how it feels to have no winner under her belt as a coach/judge on "The Voice." "It sucks!" The 32-year-old singer, after taking last season off, returns to her spot in the big, twirling red chair on NBC's...
  • Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'

     Emmys 2013: NBC's 'The Voice' marks a reality triumph over 'Idol'
    NBC's "The Voice" managed to do something that "American Idol" has never accomplished, winning the Emmy for reality competition program. For producer Mark Burnett, the honor — and the separation from its reality singing contest competitor "Idol"...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The old gang's back for Season 5

    The return of Cee Lo Green (New and improved! With a full-head, swirly henna tattoo!) and Christina Aguilera (skinny, flat-haired and with cleavage modestly covered) was marked with appropriate fanfare Monday night on the premiere of Season 5 of "The...
  • 'The Voice' Season 5 premiere, 'Reunited and it Sounds So Good'

    'The Voice' Season 5 premiere, 'Reunited and it Sounds So Good'
    Monday night’s season opener brought the return of the shows four original coaches. Fresh off an Emmy win, Season 1’s winner Adam Levine, three-time "The Voice" champion Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera were ready to pick...
  • TV ratings: 'The Voice' back strong; 'Blacklist' wins time slot

    TV ratings: 'The Voice' back strong; 'Blacklist' wins time slot
    The star coaches of NBC's "The Voice" ought to be feeling good about their reunion. "The Voice" was back with its original coaching lineup: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. They kicked off the season with the blind...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Talents impress in second night of blinds

    "Is it true that it's now named 'The Blake Shelton Show'?" Christina Aguilera quipped during a coach bonding session that kicked off the second night of "The Voice" Season 5. Actually, Shelton shot back, it's " 'Blake Shelton Presents The Voice.' "...
  • FBI arrests Temecula man, 19, in 'sextortion' of Miss Teen USA

    The FBI has arrested a 19-year-old Temecula man who authorities believe to be involved in a "sextortion" case involving Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County, officials said Thursday. Jared James Abrahams is accused of cybercrimes for...
  • Alleged Miss Teen USA 'sextorter' forced victims to strip, complaint says

    The 19-year-old Temecula man charged with "sextorting" newly crowned Miss Teen USA and several other young women allegedly told FBI agents that he used 30 to 40 computers to carry out his crimes. According to a criminal complaint and court affidavit,...
  • George Saunders, Hilary Mantel among Time's 100 most influential

    Fiction writers don't often get credit for their influence on the world -- it is often invisible and unheralded. But among those on Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, released Thursday, were two surprising...
  • Christina Aguilera pops $10 million for Westside mansion

    Christina Aguilera pops $10 million for Westside mansion
    Christina Aguilera recently closed escrow on a mansion in gated Mulholland Estates, buying the Westside home of Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, for $10 million. The Mediterranean, custom-built in 1992, features a family room with...