Artist of the Week! 4-19-12

Christina Aguilera

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American

recording artist and actress. Aguilera first appeared on national

television in 1990 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and

went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The Mickey Mouse

Club from 1993–1994. Aguilera signed to RCA Records after recording

“Reflection”,[6] the theme song for the animated film Mulan (1998).

In 1999, Aguilera came to prominence following her debut album

Christina Aguilera, which was a commercial success spawning three

number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Genie in a Bottle”, “What

a Girl Wants”, and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).” After

parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her

fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). The album’s second single,

“Beautiful”, was a commercial success and helped the album’s

commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera’s image.

Aguilera followed up Stripped with the soul, jazz and blues inspired,

Back to Basics (2006), released to positive critical acclaim. The

album produced three singles “Ain’t No Other Man”, “Hurt” and

“Candyman”. Four years later Aguilera released her sixth studio album,

Bionic (2010), which incorporated aspects of R&B, electropop, and

synthpop and was met with mixed reviews and low sales.

Aside from being known for her vocal ability, music videos and image,

musically, she includes themes of dealing with public scrutiny, her

childhood, and female empowerment in her music. Apart from her work in

music, she has also dedicated much of her time as a philanthropist for

charities, human rights and world issues which include her work as a

UN ambassador for the World Food Programme. She made her feature film

debut in the musical Burlesque (2010), earning Aguilera a Golden Globe

nomination for Best Original Song. Aguilera’s work has earned her

numerous awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk

of Fame, four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award, amongst

seventeen and three nominations respectively. Rolling Stone ranked her

number fifty-eight on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All

Time, ranking as the youngest and only artist on the list under the

age of thirty. She was ranked the 20th Artist of the 2000–09 decade by

Billboard, and is the second top selling single artist of the 2000s

behind Madonna. Aguilera’s albums sales are estimated at over 50

million units worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music

artists of all time.

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