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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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    Concert review: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias at Amway Center
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    DSquared2 is growing. But is it growing up? Dan and Dean Caten answer
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  • TV This Week Aug. 3 - 9: 'Outlander' on Starz

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    Pregnant Christina Aguilera poses naked and doesn't bore us
    The naked and pregnant celebrity glamour shot has been more than overdone, but there's something about Christina Aguilera's revealing pics for V Magazine that catches the eye. Perhaps it's the artsy nature of the images, one of which includes Matthew...
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    After the massive photo leak that exposed nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and dozens more, Apple said it's looking into a vulnerability in its iCloud service that could have allowed hackers to obtain the images. Reports suggested the...
  • Concert review: Pitbull satisfies with short concert that transforms grandstand into Miami nightclub

    Concert review: Pitbull satisfies with short concert that transforms grandstand into Miami nightclub
    Reviews of recent concerts by Pitbull had the Latin rapper playing just 70 minutes, so I expected to be disappointed in his show at the Allentown Fair last night. Pitbull did only play 70 minutes, but I was not disappointed. Yes 70 minutes is...
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    Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58. Some of his more notable credits include the films "Burlesque" (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; "The...
  • Review: Pitbull's performance short — but exciting and satisfying

    Reviews of recent concerts by Pitbull said that the Latin rapper played just 70 minutes, so I expected to be disappointed in his show at the Allentown Fair on Tuesday night. Pitbull did play just 70 minutes, but I was not disappointed. Yes, 70 minutes...
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