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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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    'American Idol' recap, The sudden death round
    Ten ladies, one song, one chance, no mercy. It's the sudden death round. Contestants take the stage of The Mirage in Las Vegas, in front of their first live audience. This week's show begins with the ladies. The first ten will perform and only five will...
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    History Channel uses pulpit power, Twitter, conservative sites to sell 'The Bible'
    A few years ago, the History Channel was best known to some as a punch line on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Remember mobster Tony Soprano sitting alone late at night in his New Jersey McMansion eating ice cream and watching World War II...
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    Burlesque at Coconut Creek next 3 Fridays
     Seminole Casino Coconut Creek presents The Knockouts Burlesque Show at The Pavilion every Friday at 9 p.m. through March 29.  The show features glamorous girls taking the stage with a celebrity guest star for a night filled with decadent burlesque...
  • SXSW 2013 keynote: Dave Grohl and the importance of 'voice'

    SXSW 2013 keynote: Dave Grohl and the importance of 'voice'
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Dave Grohl, looking more professorial than usual (it must have been the dark-rimmed glasses he donned for the occasion), might have a future scripting reality shows if this music thing doesn't work out. During his keynote speech Thursday...
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    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'...
  • 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...
  • The name of the game is music at the new Forum

    The name of the game is music at the new Forum
    Seasoned concert-goers who walk into the resurrected Forum in Inglewood after it opens Wednesday with the first of six Eagles concerts may be struck as much by what's missing as by what's been added to the 46-year-old former sports palace. The...
  • 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...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Teams Christina and CeeLo take their turns

    The second half of the top 20 — the members of Team CeeLo Green and Team Christina Aguilera — performed on "The Voice" on Tuesday, hoping to please America and their coaches and make it to the top 12. In a sort of deja vu moment, Aguilera...