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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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  • 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...
  • Top 3 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
    Here are the Top 3 Concerts of the Coming Week: 1. MOTLEY CRUE Motley Crue first played Allentown Fairigrounds in a non-fair show nearly 30 years ago, right after the 1985 release of its third album, “Theatre of Pain.” That......
  • TV This Week Aug. 3 - 9: 'Outlander' on Starz

    TV This Week Aug. 3 - 9: 'Outlander' on Starz
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 3 - 9, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SUNDAY Are you ready for some preseason football?...
  • Pregnant Christina Aguilera poses naked and doesn't bore us

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Apple 'Actively Investigating' iCloud Link to Celebrity Photo Leak

    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...
  • Stephen Lee, Character Actor in 'Burlesque,' 'The Negotiator,' Dies at 58

    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...
  • Britney Spears: Popstar Directs Clear Vision of Her Billion-Dollar Empire

    "Work, bitch." Unlike singer-songwriters, contemporary pop stars rarely have their songs viewed through an autobiographical prism, yet it's hard to miss the changes in Britney Spears' core messaging over the past years. Early in her career, when she...