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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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  • L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set

    L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set
    For five decades, retailer Fred Segal has played an integral role in the shopping scene in Los Angeles as a landmark, a destination and a reflection of the city's larger style culture. And for 24 of the retailer's 53 years, native Angeleno John Eshaya was...
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    Josh Kaufman of Team Usher captured the Season 6 crown on Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice." Team Blake's Jake Worthington came in second, and Team Adam's Christina Grimmie slid in at third. This we've discussed. But that news came in the final...
  • Radio pop meets club music at KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango

    Radio pop meets club music at KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango
    "I got 20 minutes," Calvin Harris said as his set at Wango Tango came to a close, and that was all he needed. Careful not to offend his host, the Scottish DJ was complaining ever so mildly about the brevity of his slot at this annual pop-music...
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    If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property. Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs, botox stations and wine "cellars" that somehow made...
  • Listen: Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera team for 'Do What U Want'

    "[P]ink champagne, gold lame, hair, and fearlessness." That's how Lady Gaga described the new version of "Do What U Want" that she linked to Tuesday on Twitter, and she's right at the very least about the hair. Though "Do What U Want" appears on Gaga'...
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    Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'
    The Pixies are back -- again. After touring its classic material for several years as a kind of hipster oldies act, the hugely influential alt-rock band finally put out some new music last September in the form of the four-song "EP-1." The only...
  • The name of the game is music at the new Forum

    The name of the game is music at the new Forum
    Seasoned concert-goers who walk into the resurrected Forum in Inglewood after it opens Wednesday with the first of six Eagles concerts may be struck as much by what's missing as by what's been added to the 46-year-old former sports palace. The...
  • Linda Perry's 'Heaven' Gala honors Ali Larter, Hayes MacArthur

    Linda Perry's 'Heaven' Gala honors Ali Larter, Hayes MacArthur
    The event: Saturday's Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala brought together a galaxy of stars on the eve of the Golden Globe Awards.  Designed by songwriter Linda Perry, according to her vision of heaven, the black-tie gala benefited Elysium organization and...
  • Even Linda Perry Was Starstruck by Johnny Depp at Art of Elysium Heaven Gala

    What's Linda Perry's idea of heaven on earth? Vegan food, music and nature. And maybe Johnny Depp and Steven Tyler. The singer-songwriter brought her vision to life on Saturday at The Art of Elysium's seventh annual Heaven gala at the Skirball. The Art...
  • Hampton duo from The Dharma Initiative tries out for NBC's "The Voice"

    Hampton duo from The Dharma Initiative tries out for NBC's "The Voice"
    It looks like the Hampton husband-and-wife duo of Zach Moats and Megan Sloggie Moats have impressed talent scouts working for NBC's "The Voice." No official announcement has been made, but social media chatter suggests that an audition in Philadelphia...