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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 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....
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  • Don't miss: Tony Lucca Orlando show

    Don't miss: Tony Lucca Orlando show
    WHAT: Most of us know that "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" TV series spawned the careers of future stars Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Another alumnus of the show, produced in Orlando in the 1990s, will be in town this weekend:...
  • How BET's '106 & Park' shaped a teen's life

    How BET's '106 & Park' shaped a teen's life
    As a black teenager with an affinity for pop music but raised on R&B and hip-hop, I considered BET’s “106 & Park” essential viewing.  Before “106 & Park” -- which ended a remarkable 14-year run on Friday -- arrived in 2000,...
  • Chris Mann returns to Orlando, this time as the Phantom of the Opera

    Chris Mann returns to Orlando, this time as the Phantom of the Opera
    In the scrapbook of Chris Mann's career, Orlando will have a special page. The singer, who rose to fame in 2012 on NBC reality show "The Voice," performed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opening gala just a few weeks ago. And on Dec....
  • Jennifer Lawrence Snags Celebrity Pedigreed Pad in Beverly Hills

    BUYER: Jennifer Lawrence SELLER: Sydney Holland LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA PRICE: $8,225,000 SIZE: 5,500 square feet (approx.), up to 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Though she cleaves fiercely and admirably to her pre-fame sanguinity and...
  • Review: Enrique and Pitbull leave fans wanting more in Miami

    Review: Enrique and Pitbull leave fans wanting more in Miami
    No party ends before midnight in Miami.  Yet, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s concert finished too early, clocking in at only 2 and a half hours at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The Latin duo is a 2-for-1 deal during a joint tour, landing first...
  • Concert review: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias at Amway Center

    Concert review: Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias at Amway Center
      When Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias shared the spotlight on Tuesday at Amway Center, it wasn’t the first time the two Latin pop superstars had worked the arena together. In 2011, the rapper and the romantic balladeer showed that their...
  • Zumba studio opens in Arlington Heights

    Zumba studio opens in Arlington Heights
    Oliva Rodriguez was only a few months into the Zumba fitness craze before opening a studio in Arlington Heights that caters to the large Hispanic community in the area. "It's hard," Rodriguez said of her new business. "It's still working." Chita's Fit...