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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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  • Inglewood's Forum aims to rock Staples rival with major renovation

     Inglewood's Forum aims to rock Staples rival with major renovation
    A beloved but aging former heavyweight champ of the rock music world, the Forum in Inglewood, is making a comeback. Officials at Madison Square Garden Co. will unveil plans Tuesday for the historic arena that include a multimillion-dollar face-lift and...
  • La ganadora de "La Voz Kids" sueña con Broadway... y con volver a la escuela

    La ganadora de "La Voz Kids" sueña con Broadway... y con volver a la escuela
    Después de convertirse en la primera ganadora de la competencia infantil de canto “La Voz Kids”, la niña cubana Paola Guanche, de 12 años, confesó que su más grande deseo es actuar en una obra musical de Broadway. Pero antes de llegar a la...
  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera release 'Do What U Want' duet

     
    Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera are giving fans exactly what they want: an official studio recording of their surprise duet of "Do What U Want" on "The Voice" finale....
  • Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'

    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...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...