The Unofficial Christina Aguilera Wiki
Christina Aguilera Discography
|1999||Christina Aguilera||Christina's first album||8x Platinum|
|2000||Mi Reflejo||Completely in Spanish||6x Platinum|
|2000||My Kind of Christmas||Christina gets festive||Platinum|
|2002||Stripped||Aguilera introduces her new persona, Xtina||4x Platinum|
|2006||Back to Basics||A tribute to jazz & soul||Platinum|
|2010||Bionic||An experiment in electronic music||N/A|
|2012||Lotus||Songs inspired by Christina's personal life||N/A|
Christina Aguilera as an Actor
Later in her career, Christina branched out beyond singing and began taking on roles in feature films. In 2010, she starred alongside the legendary Cher in a movie called Burlesque. While the production received mixed reviews, many critics praised Aguilera's performance. Seven years later, she voiced a character in The Emoji Movie. And in 2018, she appeared in the sci-fi romance Zoe.
Christina Aguilera on Her Personal Life
Christina Aguilera on Social Media
One of the most recognizable voices of the 20th century belongs to Christina Aguilera. As a songstress with a powerful talent, she was among the pop royalty that rose to fame during the 1990s. On top of her singing and songwriting abilities, Christina is an actress and prominent television personality. She is also a champion for body positivity and serves as a role model and mentor to young people.
Born in Staten Island, New York in 1980, Christina Maria Aguilera had a tough childhood. Her father Fausto was a U.S. Army soldier of Ecuadorian descent. Because of his military service, the family moved often. His wife Shelly was a musician. She alleged that her husband was emotionally and physically abusive to her and her two daughters. As a result, they divorced when Christina was just six. They resettled into her grandmother's house in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Aguilera says she relied on music to get her through these difficult times.
Known in her town as the "little girl with the big voice," Christina sang in local talent shows. Her notoriety at such a small age resulted in harsh bullying. It took such a toll that her mother decided to homeschool her. Undeterred, Aguilera continued to sing publicly at every chance. She landed a spot on "Star Search" in 1990. Blowing away audiences with a cover of the Etta James hit "A Sunday Kind of Love," the singer placed second in the competition.
A few years later, she made the national spotlight again. Cast as a Mouseketeer on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club," the young Aguilera was among a group of future stars. This included Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. The teenagers would sing, dance and perform sketch comedy. After appearing in a few episodes, Christina and her mother moved to Japan. There, she recorded a single with Japanese pop icon Keizo Nakanishi.
Following this success, Christina sent a cover of "Run to You" by Whitney Houston to Walt Disney Pictures. She was vying for the chance to sing "Reflection," the theme song for the animated movie "Mulan." The track was well received and landed Aguilera a deal with RCA Records. She was set to release her debut album in 1999. When it came out in August of that year, it quickly peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Certified as octuple platinum, it has sold fourteen million copies worldwide.
The album included four singles, all of which were extremely popular. "Genie in a Bottle" was the first and became the top selling debut of 1999 in the United States. By 2000, the twenty year old singer had already received a Grammy for her accomplishments.
Continuing her progress, Aguilera launched a Spanish album as her second studio effort. Growing up with an Ecuadorian father gave her an understanding of the language. Called "Mi Reflejo," the record did relatively well, earning her a Latin Grammy and moving three million copies internationally. Christina released a Christmas themed collection that same year. To support these endeavors, she went on a concert tour through the US. During this time she dated Jorge Santos, one of her back up dancers.
So far, the pop star had been presented with a squeaky clean image. She was a leading force among the other young celebrities of the day. But Christina began to grow tired of her curated bubblegum persona. After taking legal action to free herself from her manager Steven Kurtz, she started down a different path. With new management in place, Aguilera created a bold concept for herself.
"Stripped" was Christina's fourth studio album. For this effort, she pushed for musical depth and a strong, sexual presence. After dying her hair black and getting piercings and tattoos, she became known as "X-tina." Drawing inspiration from rock, soul and hip hop, the record supplied more hit songs. But with this fresh look came controversy. Many critics felt that Aguilera was too provocative. The singer owned her image, saying it reflected her true self better.
By this time, she was earning accolades and releasing multiple chart topping songs. Her extensive touring and work with other artists kept her good fortune going. In 2003, she appeared on the "MTV Video Music Awards" alongside Madonna and Britney Spears. During their performance, the three women shared a kiss. The moment was considered shocking and garnered significant media attention.
Channeling Old Hollywood glamour for her next albums, Christina championed soul and jazz. She was doing well both professionally and personally. After two years of dating boyfriend Jordan Bratman, the duo tied the knot late in 2005. A little later, her son Max was born. Sadly, Aguilera's marriage didn't last and the couple divorced. She began seeing Matthew Rutler, and the pair eventually became engaged and had a daughter.
Christina continued to release albums and broke into acting. She starred in a film titled "Burlesque," and supplied voice work for "The Emoji Movie." Later, she was cast in a sci-fi romance called "Zoe." Aguilera has also been a judge on the popular television show "The Voice" for six seasons. Outside of her career, she is involved in extensive philanthropy. Her charitable efforts have touched on politics, human and animal rights, and world hunger relief.
Ms. Aguilera has led an impactful life. Her extensive career has been littered with both triumphs and setbacks. The mother of two continues to stay active and shows no signs of slowing down.