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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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  • Imagine Dragons' 'Smoke + Mirrors' a blast of strong emotions

    Success has been rough for Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, the Las Vegas-based rock band that sold over 2 million copies of its 2012 debut, "Night Visions," thanks to inescapable hits such as "It's Time" and "Radioactive." A dubstep-dipped welcome to a...
  • Congregation gathers to hear consoling words and song after fire

    Congregation gathers to hear consoling words and song after fire
    The pastor sat quietly, stoically and alone at the end of a pew at the front of the church, sunlight on his shoulders from the lace-curtained window to his right. It was the first Sunday after the fire that took the lives of his wife and teenage son, so...
  • TLC raised more than $430,000 for Kickstarter album

    TLC raised more than $430,000 for Kickstarter album
    TLC has raised nearly three times its Kickstarter goal to record a new album. Late last month the group’s surviving members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site to record...
  • Songwriters Hall's new class includes Jerry Garcia, Cyndi Lauper

    Songwriters Hall's new class includes Jerry Garcia, Cyndi Lauper
    Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry, country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer...
  • Westbrook has 41, West edges East in NBA All-Star Game

    Mixing Broadway and basketball, this NBA All-Star Game was a West Side Story. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring All-Star Game ever....
  • Grande shines as singer, falls short as dancer at halftime

    Ariana Grande's NBA All-Star performance wasn't a slam dunk, but more like a layup: It was good, but you won't remember it tomorrow. Grande's 11-minute halftime set on Sunday highlighted the pop-star year the singer's had on the charts: She sang the four...
  • Songwriters Hall's new class includes Lauper, Toby Keith

    Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry, country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer Willie...
  • 3 Broadway musicals to get to show off at NBA All-Star Game

    The NBA's All-Star Game in New York this Sunday will have some Broadway-quality entertainment, with the casts of "Chicago," ''Jersey Boys" and "Mamma Mia!" performing during the telecast. The musicals' singers and dancers will join Christina Aguilera and...
  • Christina Aguilera introduces daughter Summer Rain on People cover

    Christina Aguilera introduces daughter Summer Rain on People cover
    Those eyes! Meet the latest center of Christina Aguilera's universe -- daughter Summer Rain. The pop star and "Voice" coach debuted her baby girl, now 6 months old, on this week's mommy-and-me-style cover of People. The 34-year-old holds her smiling...
  • Let's get loud: Miss Universe contestants' patriotic partisans party at pageant prelim

    Let's get loud: Miss Universe contestants' patriotic partisans party at pageant prelim
    At Wednesday's preliminary competition for the Miss Universe pageant at FIU Arena, I snapped photos of beauty queens, their families and friends, and some very loud fans of the 88 contestants vying for the shiny crown and all the perks that come with it....
  • The problem with Katy Perry's Super Bowl 'show'

    The problem with Katy Perry's Super Bowl 'show'
    The Super Bowl on Sunday finally gave up trying to make its halftime show a concert and made it unabashedly a show instead. Pop singer Katy Perry's performance more clearly defined what, exactly, the halftime show is. But it was a loss for music in...