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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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  • Ring in 2012 with a low-stress look

    Ah, New Year's Eve. Remember when you were five years old, and you rang in the new year by doing a fake countdown with your parents at 9 p.m., banging on some pots, kissing everyone goodnight, and hitting the sack, waking up bright-eyed and bushy-...
  • Sarah Horn: Part of a Bowl-ful of talent

     Sarah Horn: Part of a Bowl-ful of talent
    Before the Earth stopped turning so that everyone could halt their lives and watch the confused, gyrating choreo-ethnography that was Miley Cyrus' appearance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, you might have stumbled upon a viral video of a very...
  • 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...
  • Cee Lo Green says he will no longer be a judge on 'The Voice'

    Cee Lo Green says he will no longer be a judge on 'The Voice'
    Cee Lo Green says he won't be returning to the spinning judge's seat on NBC's singing competition show "The Voice." The artist broke the news on "The Ellen DeGeneres" show, revealing his change in plans just days before "The Voice" re-emerges Monday. "I...
  • 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'...
  • REVIEW: Leon Russell takes Musikfest Cafe crowd on a musical thrill ride

     
    Singer-pianist Leon Russell has played with pretty much everybody in a career that now has stretched more than 55 years. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when the set list for his show Friday before a nearly sold-out crowd......
  • 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...
  • Area man brings down the house on 'The Voice' with Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball.' But are his chances to win now in rubble?

     
    Bucks County singer Matthew Schuler, uh, brought down the house with his performance of the Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball” on the NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice” Tuesday, but this is one critic who fears it actually may...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Yoga, Usain and your top 10 performances

    In addition to a quick sprint across the Sprint Skybox by Olympic runner Usain Bolt, there to cheer on fellow Jamaican Tessanne Chin, "The Voice" brought us another run of strong performances Monday, as the top 10 singers took the stage. After an...
  • Bucks County's Matthew Schuler makes Top 12 on NBC-TV's 'The Voice'

     
    America apparently loves Bucks County singer Matthew Schuler as much as judges on the NBC-TV singing competition “The Voice” do. Matthew Schuler Schuler, 20, of Yardley, advanced on the show’s first live audience vote Thursday,...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Austin Jenckes and Kat Robichaud depart

    Phew! That was close. For a minute there I was really worried that Caroline Pennell, whose captivatingly idiosyncratic vocal style and sweetly straightforward persona can make you forget she's only 17, would leave "The Voice" stage earlier than she...