Christina Maria Aguilera (1999-present) was born on December 18th, in 1980. A former member of The Mickey Mouse Club revival, Christina Aguilera started her music career as a generic bubblegum pop singer, then started taking off her clothes when sales waned. After that, she started embracing a neo-Burlesque persona, by which time she finally found a lyrical constant. With the 2010 release of "Not Myself Tonight", she seemed to be embracing the "Dirrty" persona once again. However, the new look and sound received a massive Creator Backlash / Hype Backlash and low album sales followed it. Lotus, two years later didn't do any better...She has featured her vocals on up to 25 vocal performances to date, by artists including, but not limited to, Maroon 5, Cee lo, Nelly, Herbie Hancock, T.I., Diddy, Nicki Minaj, The Rolling Stones, P!nk, Ricky Martin, Mya, and Missy Elliot. Aguilera is a five time Grammy Award winner who has sold 50 million albums worldwide to date. Her number one hits include: "Come On Over" (2000), "What a Girl Wants" (1999), and the ever youthful, "Genie In a Bottle" (1999). Known for other songs like, Candyman, Ain't No Other Man, Dirrty and Beautiful.Even before then, Aguilera was largely considered to have the biggest voice out of the late 1990s girl pop singer group that started with Britney Spears, and also included Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. She retired from touring in 2007 to look after her child Max Bratman who she made with her former husband Jordan Bratman. She divorced sir Bratman in 2010. She now focuses on this show, The Voice. From early 2011 to the present, she served as a panelist on The Voice, taking 4 seasons off. Engaged and pregnant to Matthew Rutler as of 2014!
Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with Cher. (2010)
Christina Aguilera: In Concert (2000–01)
Stripped World Tour (2003)
Back to Basics Tour (2006–07)
Genie Gets Her Wish (1999)
My Reflection (2001)
Stripped Live In The UK (2004)
Back To Basics: Live In Australia (2008)
This singer provides examples of:
Music and album tropes
All Women Are Lustful: Is outspoken about her sexuality (See below), The Bionic and Stripped albums, and within Back To Basics: "Nasty Naughty Boy" and "I Got Trouble" prove it. This is one of her selling points.
Album Filler: Since she took back control of her career, her albums have had at least 18 tracks, most fans and casual listeners take at least 8 tracks off. She's known for overfilling her albums...
She also puts at least 4 interludes on her 18 track albums!
Arc Words: Me & I in all her titles:Army Of Me, Sing For Me, Best Of Me, on her new album tracklist hints towards a theme. Save Me From Myself, Loving Me 4 Me, Keep On Singing My Song, Mercy On Me, Don't Make Me Love You..
All I Need, I Am, I Turn To You, I'm Okay, I Got Trouble, I Hate Boys, I Come Undone, I Will, All I Wanna Do, But I'm A Good Girl...
Author Tract: Her turn on Saturday Night Live during her "Dirrty" phrase spent alot of time defending her right to do and say, anything she wants. She also wrote a Thesis after Lotus under performed defending her choices to not tour since 2007 and telling her fans her music IS her priority.
Distinct Double Album: The Back to Basics album. Disc one was standard pop with a throwback to jazz, funk and soul, and disc two comprised live music reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s.
Double Entendre: Frequently. A notable one that caused controversy is in the song Genie In a Bottle where she sings "I'm a genie in a bottle/You gotta rub me the right way", considering she was barely legal at the time the song was released.
Double Standard: "Can't Hold Us Down" is a Take That on the assumption that it's okay for men to do certain things (such as having multiple sexual partners) but not for women to do the same.
Dear Negative Reader: Songs like "Here To Stay", "Still Dirrty", "Army Of Me", "Sing For Me", "Best Of Me", "Empty Words", "Circles"
Ethical Slut: In songs like "Dirrty", "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Still Dirrty" and the Bionic record.
Follow Your Heart: "The Voice Within", "Keep On Singing My Song", "Hello" and "Reflection".
Femme Fatale: Stripped has elements of this, in songs like Dirty and Get Mine Get Yours, Your Body's music video she kills heaps of men, and Bionic and Lotus have some songs which feature this.
Genre Roulette: If you played only her singles one after another you'd get a lot of different sounds: country ("Just A Fool"), dance pop ("Not Myself Tonight"), r&b ("Your Body"), 60's pop ("Ain't No Other Man"). This is even further developed in her albums, especially Stripped and Bionic, which are even more random with their variety of flavors in songs.
"I'm addicted to your allure, and I'm fiendin' for a cure."
Lighter and Softer: Bionic was more fun then Back To Basics that was very dramatic and deep and Lotus has less apologetic ballads then Bionic.
Melismatic Vocals: Well known for fitting 7 note melismas into her songs live. Especially in the "Back to Basics" tour!
My Girl Is Not a Slut: She points out the Double Standard constantly. "The guy gets all the glory the more he can score, and the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore." —"Can't Hold Us Down"
Piss Take Rap: "Bobblehead" is a heavy rap about how all her haters are bobbleheads, somewhat tongue in cheek.
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Make Over" is a major example of this, but this sort of singing is seen all over her live performances and most of her albums besides Bionic.
The Prima Donna: Prima Donna, Bionic, Not Myself Tonight, Glam and her image since Back To Basics.
Rage Quit: Her rather long breaks are forms of this (4 years average), but the most important instance of this was the cancelled Bionic tour, which was cancelled due to her marriage falling apart, the music being not reviewed the most positively way, and a laser-like focus on her movie coming later on in the year. She also quit The Voice to tour, but quit her tour to stay at home with her kid.
Running Gag: Her first couple of albums had this theme of "Just Me" to their titles, Self-Titled Album, Stripped, and Back to Basics'', all refer to the bare simple part of art/life.
Rockstar Song: Just a couple of songs here and there in her discography: "Welcome", "Bionic", "Still Dirrty", "Here To Stay", "Keep On Singing My Song", "Make Over", "Vanity", "Keeps Getting Better", "Not Myself Tonight", "Glam", "Prima Donna", "I Am", "Loving Me 4 Me", "Mercy On Me", "Save Me From Myself", "Army Of Me", "Sing For Me", "Best Of Me", "Shut Up", "Empty Words" "Circles", "Lotus", among others.
Strictly Formula: Ever since Stripped her singles have been released, upbeat party song ("Dirrty", "Ain't No Other Man", "Not Myself Tonight", "Your Body") and then a ballad ("Beautiful", "Hurt", "You Lost Me", "Just a Fool").
Studio Chatter: Used extensively on Stripped particularly on "Impossible" and "Keep On Singing My Song".
If I wanna be provocative, well that ain't a sin, / Maybe you're not comfortable in your own skin." —"Still Dirrty".
Her song "Here to Stay" also counts very, very much. The ultimate Take That song. And "Keep on Singing My Song".
Take That: "F. U. S. S." on Back To Basics, to Scott Scorch, a former producer and she also referred to Britney Spears and Madonna as performers and considered herself a "Real Artist". She also had a feud with Kelly Osbourne, for over 10 years and outright didn't acknowledge Lady Gaga when she was newish in 2008.
Vocal Evolution: Her voice mellowed artistically, during the Bionic album and "Moves Like Jagger". Despite this she started using belting and wailing more in public appearances and live gigs, to mixed results.
Wolverine Publicity: She's done 25 features and collabs, mentioned in the second paragraph above, occasionally they'll fall into Dream Team territory or otherwise be a super success.
Xtreme Kool Letterz: "Dirrty", Xtina(because "X" is used as an abbreviation for "Christ" (as in "Xmas") for reasons dating back to Greek times) and "Loving Me 4 Me".
You Are Not Alone: "The Voice Within", "Beautiful", "Hello" and "Little Dreamer" are four examples. This is a theme in Stripped.
Cover Version: As a musician she loves to cover is "At Last" in honor of Etta James.
Defrosting Ice Queen: As a judge on "The Voice," critics have noted that she's much friendlier than they thought.
Dream Team: Her tour with Justin Timberlake was rather special. Madonna and Britney Spears have also worked with her live. Nicki Minaj got featured on Bionic in "Woohoo". She also did successful tracks with Pitbull and Maroon 5. Lady Marmalade is so successful and well loved and featured on all her shows since 2001.
Hollywood Pudgy:invoked A tabloid article on Christina claimed that she has spun out of control since separating from her husband with her weight supposedly ballooning from a size 2 to a size 8. That's right. A size that is not only slim, but STILL almost half the size of the average American woman is seen as "ballooning", and worthy of such snarky advice as "it's time to put down the fried chicken and get on the treadmill". E!'s "Fashion Police", features a panel of four snarky fashion judges (including Joan Rivers and longtime rival Kelly Osbourne) who repeatedly slam Aguilera for her weight and fashion choices. Even worse, this is seen as the worst indicator of her downward spiral, as compared to say, her arrest for public intoxication.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At 5', this comes into play with any guy she stands next to. Her joint promotional appearances with Justin Timberlake for their tour required them to either sit down or she use a Scully Box in order for them to fit into frame together.
Her ex-husband had to bend down so they could fit into frame in their wedding pictures.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's considered by some to be a bitch, but she does put a lot of work into philanthropy and does value the people who have supported her career.
Kids Are Cruel: Aguilera was bullied as a child due to clashes with her personality
Darker and Edgier: For her early videos, it was usually just a fun, typical, lighthearted video of her and some dancers doing a routine (one exception is "I Turn To You", which depicted a girl surviving a car crash). Then starting with the Stripped era, they became edgier. The second video for "Beautiful" shows a discriminated goth, an anorexic girl in her underwear frustrating over herself, a girl being bullied, a sad, skinny teen in a room plastered with pictures of body-builders, a pair of gay men hesitant on kissing, a depressed girl, and a defeated looking drag queen—all overcoming their inner anguish as Aguilera sings in a nearly deserted room. "Fighter" even ends with Christina kicking a hole in the screen. In "Your Body" she kills multiple men and acts extra "trashy".
Denser and Wackier: Her videos since Back To Basics have been odd and unthematic. Not Myself Tonight has odd symbolism, You Lost Me is spacey, Your Body has blue blood and random endorsements which don't make sense.
Peacock Girl: One her Back To Basics tour outfit, second act.
Rage Against the Reflection: One of the music videos for "Beautiful" features, among other scenes, an anorexic teen looking at herself in the mirror disapprovingly, then punching the mirror to shatter it, symbolizing her refusal to agonize over her body.
Retraux/Genre Throwback: The music video "Candyman" is a raunchy love letter to the styles of the 30's and 40's.