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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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  • NBC announces fall 2013 premiere schedule

    NBC announces fall 2013 premiere schedule
    NBC announced its fall 2013 premiere dates for new and returning series Friday, including an hourlong Season 6 premiere of "Parks and Recreation" filmed in London followed by back-to-back episodes of the new sitcom "Michael J. Fox Show." Both shows...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Live teams are set as knockouts end

    Sixteen more singers offered themselves up for the final pre-live-shows-pruning that is "The Voice" knockout rounds on an extended Tuesday episode. As on Monday's knockouts, there were unexpected stumbles, expected triumphs, surprising steals (the...
  • '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...
  • 'The Voice' recap, Teams Blake and Adam rock the live shows

    'The Voice' recap, Teams Blake and Adam rock the live shows
    Everything happened in real-time last night as it was Night 1 of the live shows. It was the night for three-time champion Blake Shelton and his team to face off against Adam Levine's team, as the first 10 of the Top 20 performed in hopes of advancing to...
  • Listen to DJ Earworm mash up Icona Pop, Daft Punk, Robin Thicke

    Listen to DJ Earworm mash up Icona Pop, Daft Punk, Robin Thicke
    What single line might the lyrics to all of this summer's pop hits be condensed to? "I know you just want to feel this moment right now." That's more or less the takeaway from "SummerMash '13," a delightful new mashup of recently inescapable tunes --...
  • Hairstylist Ken Paves' tips for maintaining platinum hair

    Hairstylist Ken Paves' tips for maintaining platinum hair
    It's not just the usual suspects — Rita Ora, Megan Hilty, Christina Aguilera — rocking platinum hair. This year we've seen a blond Beyoncé on those Pepsi billboards around town and even perennial brunet Anne Hathaway wearing an icy hue....
  • Christina Aguilera ranked worst national anthem singer

    Christina Aguilera ranked worst national anthem singer
    Oh, say -- can they sing? Apparently not. Or at least not the ever-challenging national anthem in high-profile performances. According to a new survey ranking the worst renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner," Christina Aguilera sits at the top -- or...
  • Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' tops midyear vinyl sales

    Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' tops midyear vinyl sales
    The men of Daft Punk have spent many of their recent interviews explaining how they wanted to bring the warmth of human playing to the music on their new album. So you can bet the French duo was pleased to learn that "Random Access Memories" is the...
  • With 'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke hits the big time, finally

    With 'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke hits the big time, finally
    Clutching a gold microphone as shiny as his gold watch, Robin Thicke sauntered into a recording studio in Playa Vista on a recent afternoon like he owned the place. The R&B singer known for his romantic ballads was taping a brief live performance for...
  • 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...