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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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  • 'The Voice' recap: Christina Aguilera returns refreshed for Season 8

    'The Voice' recap: Christina Aguilera returns refreshed for Season 8
    Christina Aguilera retook her seat in the big, red spinning chair on “The Voice” in its Season 8 premiere on Monday night. Sliding apparently quite happily back in her middle-line spot, flanked by original bromantic stalwarts Blake Shelton and...
  • 'Voice,' 'Survivor' return; 'Murder' season finale

    The Academy Awards could be a big boost to ABC beyond the ratings Sunday night. The week will offer finales, premieres and the conclusion of the February ratings period on Wednesday night. At the Oscars, ABC will have a chance to promote presenter Viola...
  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Citizenfour' on HBO

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Citizenfour' on HBO
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 22 - 28, 2015 in PDF format Alternate link for TV Grids week of Feb. 22 - 28, 2015 in PDF format TV listings for the week of...
  • 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...
  • Grammys 2015: Pop & Hiss picks, and industry insiders' ballots

    Grammys 2015: Pop & Hiss picks, and industry insiders' ballots
    Will Sam Smith own the night? Can Beyonce’s surprise album beat out record buyers' favorite Ed Sheeran for album of the year? And how did voters vote in other key rap, jazz and R&B races? These questions won’t be answered until the 57th...
  • 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...
  • Katy Perry's Super Bowl 'show' is entertaining, but a loss for music

    Katy Perry's Super Bowl 'show' is entertaining, but a loss for music
    The Super Bowl on Sunday finally gave up trying to make its halftime show a concert and made it unabashedly a show instead. The result of pop singer Katy Perry’s performance more clearly defined what, exactly, the halftime show is. But it was a...
  • 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....
  • Grammys 2015: A Great Big World wins in best pop duo/group recording

    Grammys 2015: A Great Big World wins in best pop duo/group recording
    The American pop-rock duo a Great Big World has won the Grammy for pop duo and group performance for its single “Say Something.” The single, released as a duet with the R&B stalwart Christina Aguilera, brought the duo of Ian Axel and Chad...
  • Super Bowl music: Katy Perry plays to her audiences

    On her 2014 tour, Katy Perry cavorted with an animatronic horse. But because the Super Bowl demands more, she upped the ante during Sunday's halftime performance. The singer strutted into America's living rooms astride a giant animatronic tiger, all the...