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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': And the winner is...

    'The Voice': And the winner is...
      After Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera teamed up on "Do What U Want," "The Voice" named its fifth winner Tuesday night. SPOILER ALERT: The victor was Tessanne Chin, 28, from Kingston, Jamaica. She was mentored by Adam Levine, who smiled broadly as...
  • 'The Voice': Jacquie Lee gets a Christina Aguilera parting gift

     
    Jacquie Lee didn't take home the crown during the Season 5 finale of "The Voice" on Tuesday (Dec. 17), instead coming in second to winner Tessanne Chin, but speaking with Zap2it backstage after the finale, the runner-up was all smiles....
  • Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga get lovey-dovey on 'The Voice'

    Last year, in addition to a winner, "The Voice" finale brought us Cher. This year, before learning that Tessanne Chin had taken top honors on Tuesday's Season 5 finale, we got Lady Gaga, performing in matchy-matchy outfits with Christina Aguilera. It...
  • Like/Dislike with Amber Gaines, Ronald McDonald House volunteer manager

    Like/Dislike with Amber Gaines, Ronald McDonald House volunteer manager
    The Christmas season is (er, should be) all about giving to your fellow man. Amber Gaines, 28, helps others give back every day of the year. The Dundalk native, who now lives in Bel Air, is the volunteer manager at the Ronald McDonald House of...
  • Over-the-top amenities help luxury homes stand out

    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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: The Top 6 show their dedication

    Am I the only one who has Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" stuck in my head now? Those of us "Voice" watchers who do -- and I suspect I am not alone -- can't say Adam Levine didn't warn us. After his team member James...
  • Kim Kardashian has been 'Warholified'

    Kim Kardashian has been 'Warholified'
    Andy Warhol isn't here to paint Kim Kardashian. So niece Monica Warhol did the honors. In Touch provides a first look at the $30,000 portrait commissioned by Kanye West.   "I am picking up where Andy left off, and Kim is the perfect addition to...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Knockout steal knocks it up a notch

    Since they were introduced in season 3, the knockout rounds haven't exactly been the most exciting part of "The Voice." Lacking the button-press suspense, friendly coach sparring, nifty spinning chairs and snazzy "I want you" stage lights of the blind...
  • This week: Bob Newhart, Cher, CMA Awards

    This week: Bob Newhart, Cher, CMA Awards
    Some longtime television favorites -- Bob Newhart, Cher, Lynda Carter, Robert Sean Leonard -- return this week, the first full week of the November ratings period. A few highlights: 1. Bob Newhart repeats his Emmy-winning role as Professor Proton on...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Taking it live for Season 5

    Let the voting begin! "The Voice" went live for Season 5 on Monday night, as half of the top 20 -- five apiece on Teams Blake Shelton and Adam Levine -- vied to impress not only the coaches, but also the American public whose calls, texts, clicks and...
  • Carson Daly wants 'The Voice' coach Christina Aguilera to stop shaving

     
    Carson Daly has stopped shaving for a good cause, and he wants everyone to join him -- including ... Christina Aguilera?...