Christina Aguilera Biography
Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American pop singer and songwriter. She was signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection" for the film Mulan, and her bubblegum pop-influenced debut album Christina Aguilera (1999) was a critical and commercial success: it produced four hit singles, including "Genie in a Bottle", and helped Aguilera win a Grammy Award. A Latin pop album and a Christmas LP released during this period also sold strongly. In 2001, she participated in collaboration projects for Ricky Martin's Sound Loaded album and the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.
Aguilera took creative control over her second studio album Stripped (2002), which produced the Hip-hop-influenced "Dirrty" and the award-winning "Beautiful". It received mixed reviews, and Aguilera's increasingly sexual image during its promotion became the subject of much criticism and controversy. She contributed to several other artists' songs in 2004 and 2005 and married record executive Jordan Bratman. Her third studio album Back to Basics (2006), which was preceded by the hit single "Ain't No Other Man", included elements of soul, jazz and blues music and was released to good sales and positive critical reception.
Throughout her career, Aguilera has been involved with certain charities. She was the first celebrity to sign a letter from PETA to the South Korean government asking that the country stop its alleged "abuse of dogs killed for food". Her involvement in supporting the Defenders of Wildlife have also added to her donations with charities. Aguilera is still a major contributor in her hometown of Pittsburgh contributing regularly to the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. According to her official website, she toured the center and donated $200,000 to the shelter. She also has auctioned off front row seats and back stage passes for the Pittsburgh based charity . She also supports the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Refuge UK.
Aguilera contributes in the fight against AIDS, by participating in AIDS Project Los Angeles' Artists Against AIDS "What's Going On?" cover project. In 2004 Aguilera became the new face for cosmetic company M·A·C and spokeperson for M·A·C AIDS Fund. Aguilera appeared in advertisements of the M·A·C's Viva Glam V lipstick and lipgloss. According to published reports, in November 2005, all of her wedding gifts were submitted to various charities around the nation in support of Hurricane Katrina victims. In addition, Aguilera contributed to YouthAIDS by posing for a joint YouthAIDS and Aldo Shoes campaign for "Empowerment Tags" in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She was featured with one of three ubiquitous slogans, "Speak No Evil?" and was quoted saying, "HIV is something that people don't want to talk about, hear about, or face."
According to Billboard, singer Elton John hand-picked Aguilera, among others, for his Fashion Rocks concert benefiting his AIDS foundation. The show, which accompanies music and fashion to benefit the fight against AIDS/HIV, is televised annually and aired in September.
She is a spinto-coloratura soprano, with a 4-octave vocal range; covering notes: C3 - C7. The New York Times has described Aguilera's vocal range as "striking". In 2003 she placed at number five (third for a female) on MTV's countdown of the "22 Greatest Voices in Music". Cove Magazine, an online-only e-magazine on pop music, placed her at number one in their countdown of the "100 Greatest Pop Vocalists". capabilities.. In the MTV special All Eyes on Christina, John Norris said that Aguilera "has a four octave range". Aguilera possesses the ability to hit notes in the whistle register, as stated in a review of her song "Soar" from the album Stripped(at the 3:20 mark) in an Entertainment Weekly article, which mentions her "tackling that dog-whistle high note".
The following singles reached number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and/or the United World Chart.