Music: Christina Aguilera

You gotta rub me the right way

Christina Maria Aguilera (1999-present) was born on December 18th, in 1980. A former member of The Mickey Mouse Club revival, 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. She retired from touring in 2008 to look after her son Max. In 2010, she released the album Bionic to poor sales and speculation that her career was over, largely due to Bionic's sound and visuals drawing comparisons to the then rising Lady Gaga. In 2011, she returned the spotlight as a coach on the talent show The Voice, alternating between seasons to focus on her family and prevent herself from burning out. She also released another album, Lotus, which had ever poorer sales than Bionic, and subsequently became Canon Discontinuity. Aguilera has since made a return to The Voice after taking time off for her family and has made the suggestion that she will release new music in the near future.

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 six 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). Later hits have included "Beautiful", "Candyman", and "Ain't No Other Man".

Aguilera is considered to be the most talented and critically acclaimed out of the late 1990s blonde teen pop singers trend that was kicked off by Britney Spears, and her peers also include Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

     Discography and Tours  

Standard Studio Records
  • Christina Aguilera (1999)
    • Mi Reflejo [Spanish-language album] (2000 Sept)
    • My Kind of Christmas (2000 Oct)
    • Just Be Free (Aug 2001)(recorded 1994/1995)note 
  • Stripped (2002)
  • Back to Basics (2006)
  • Bionic (2010)
  • Lotus (2012)

EPs and Compilation Albums
  • Justin and Christina (EP with Justin Timberlake) (2003)
  • Keeps Getting Better:A Decade Of Hits (2008)
  • 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  
Music 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!
  • Award Bait Song: "Reflection", from the Mulan soundtrack.
  • 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 a lot 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.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Dirrty" and "Still Dirrty"' Not Myself Tonight..
  • Be Yourself: "The Voice Within", "Hello", "I Will Be" and "Reflection"
  • Break Up Song: "Impossible", "Underappreciated", "Walk Away", "Fighter".
  • B-Side: We're A Miracle, Too Beautiful For Words.
  • Canon Discontinuity: She never talks about Lotus. Period. She just changes the question or draws the topic back to her current projects.
  • Careful With That Axe: Most of her music is this. The exceptions would be "Save Me From Myself", "I Am", "Cruz", and "All I Need".
  • Chewing the Scenery: The lady can sing. See "Hurt", "You Lost Me" and "Mercy On Me" for prime examples.
  • Concept Album: Two major ones:
    • Stripped is her stripping her facade away and showing all that she can do in music.
    • Back To Basics is her doing an album with 20-30-40-50's sound backing and occasional contemporary twists.
    • Bionic is her trying to be creative with doing mostly electro-pop. Unfortunately, this album was unsuccessful due to the hype backlash and many comparisons to Lady Gaga, who was red-hot at the time.
  • Cover Version: Lady Marmalade, I Turn To You, Alright Now, Car Wash, and her Christmas album.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: She says outright she turns herself on in "Vanity".
  • 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.
  • Era-Specific Personality: Two very specific personalities are present in her work:
    • She was "Xtina" in her Bionic, Lotus, and Stripped eras.
    • "Baby Jane" was her personality for Back To Basics.
  • Epic Rocking: "Keep On Singing My Song" is extremely long compared to the rest of the tracks on Stripped.
  • Fading into the Next Song: "The Voice Within" fades into "I'm Ok".
  • Fanservice: As seen here.
  • Friends with Benefits: "Get Mine, Get Yours" is about this. Shamelessly.
    "I want your body, not your heart."
  • 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.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Keeps Getting Better: A Decade Of Hits.
  • Grief Song: "Hurt"
  • Godiva Hair: In both the Stripped and Lotus album covers.
  • Incredibly Long Note: A feature of her songs. Especially notable: "On Our Way".
  • Intercourse with You: "Sex For Breakfast", "Dynamite", "Get Mine Get Yours", "Desnudate", "Nasty Naughty Boy", "I Got Trouble", "Infatuation", "Woohoo", "Vanity", "Your Body" among others.
    • "Genie In A Bottle" subverts this, with An Aesop about not "giv(ing) it away" to a boy easily.
  • I Approved This Message :Made a bunch of these for The Voice and her Lotus album.
  • It's All About Me: "Vanity". (See Arche Words, for more)
  • Loudness War: Bionic, according to the Dynamic Range Database, has "hideous sound quality" and is "extremely flat sounding and dead". To a lesser extent, Back to Basics and Lotus.
  • Lyrical Tic: Recording Wahs and Ooh Ooohs all over her songs, even her major collaborator (Linda Perry) told her to cut it out on "Beautiful".
  • Large Ham: In You Lost Me:
    We had Magi-i-i-ic
    And this i-i-is tragic,
    YOU couldn't KEEP YOUR yourself...
  • Love Is A Drug: Invoked in "Walk Away"
    "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"
  • Motor Mouth: Bionic is a good example. as she borderline raps the verses.
  • Misandry Song: "I Hate Boys".
  • Narcissist: The narrator of "Vanity", and how. (See Arch Words)
  • New Sound Album: She does this every album, but Bionic and Back To Basics have the biggest evolution of sound from "50's inspired jazz pop" to "electronic dance pop from the future".
    • Also her debut Self-Titled Album and Stripped both have an R&B/Sexy/Personal edge which unites them together thematically. Bionic and Lotus are both electric pop albums aimed at her haters.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Pretty heavily implied in "Your Body", "I Got Trouble" and "Nasty Naught Boy".
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Not Myself Tonight".
    If you don't like it fuck you
  • 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.
  • Red Pill, Blue Pill: Used in "Birds Of Prey".
    Taking the blue pill only made you cry
    And all that the red pill did was make you forget why
  • Rule of Symbolism: Bionic and Lotus concepts and covers.
  • 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.
  • Screw Yourself: "Vanity"....Something about touching herself..
  • Sex as a Rite-of-Passage: Stated in "Stripped"
  • Silly Love Songs: Back To Basics is this idea, made into an album, especially Disc 1.
    • "Loving Me 4 Me" "Infatuation".
  • Singer Name Drop: "Bionic", "Intro (Back To Basics), "Thank You (Dedication To Fans)" and others.
  • Slut-Shaming: Has actively fought against this.
  • 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".
  • Take That, Critics!: Present in Aguilera's lyrics to her critics
    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 Storch, 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.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: "Talked me down from every ledge" in "Ain't No Other Man".
  • Translated Cover Version: Aguilera has done covers of her own English-language songs in Spanish.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Invoked. It's the reason why Stripped was created.
  • Tsundere: "Keeps Getting Better" is a Type A.
    "Some days I'm a super bitch/Up to my old tricks/but it wont last forever."
    "Next day I'm your super girl/Out to save the world/and it keeps getting better"
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Woohoo", the song with Nicki Minaj, pretty much uses Woohoo as a term for...something else.
  • 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 collaborations, 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "You Lost Me".

    Musician Tropes 

Musician Tropes
  • Abusive Parent: Her biological father. Her stepfather, however, was a nice guy.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Especially in the earlier years.
  • 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.
  • Former Child Star: Ex-Mousketeer and she's fairly well-adjusted with the only real bumps in her adult life were her divorce and getting arrested for public intoxication.
  • Hidden Depths: Thanks to her acting background as a cast member on The New Mickey Mouse Club and her own natural singing talent, she has an uncanny ability to pull off impressions of her fellow celebs, including Britney.
    • In fact, when she guest-starred on Saturday Night Live, her impression of Samantha Jones from Sex and the City was regarded as truly impressive and one of the highlights of the episode. When she appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he begged her to do it again, to which she happily obliged.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Invoked by the press. One 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, regardless if she's wearing heels. 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
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Speaks like this.
  • Military Brat: She moved around quite frequently due to being one.
  • The Rival: Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, P!nk.
  • Self-Titled Album: Naturally her debut.
  • Sexy Silhouette: Her "By Night" commercial where she stands behind a screen naked. This "Making of" video brings her sexiness off the charts.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: One of the shining examples. She speaks in a very airy and light voice, but when she sings, it's a deep bellow.
  • The Unfettered: Simply doesn't care for criticism and her fans are fond of saying she's "not bothered" by anything which goes wrong in her career, as she should be.
  • Wolverine Publicity: She's only had hits lately as a featured artist rather than a solo artist. The most notable examples are on Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger", Pitbull's "Feel This Moment", A Great Big World's "Say Something".

     Music Video and Tour Tropes 
Music Video and tour Tropes
  • All Women Love Shoes:She has a shoe room in her house..
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Playing "triplets" in "Candyman".
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her first era and Stripped.
  • Brains and Bondage: What certain parts of her fanbase assume based upon that "Not Myself Tonight" video.
  • Bi the Way: A certain scene in "Not Myself Tonight" outright states this.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Particularly her Self Titled and Stripped era's.
  • Combat Stiletto's: In Fighter.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: She started showing her perfume in her Music Video's since 2010 and she also endorsed everything in Your Body.
  • Cleavage Window: Not Myself Tonight, Dirrty, and The Voice Within.
  • 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".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: "The Voice Within". The introduction to Ain't No Other Man.
  • Dominatrix: "Not Myself Tonight".
  • Erotic Eating: "Not Myself Tonight".
  • The Fashionista: She has a big wardrobe and likes to talk about her clothes.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: All the time except for in The Voice Within.
  • Fairy Tale Wedding Dress: In her wedding to her first husband, shown in her Save Me From Myself video.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Often in show.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice: In "Not Myself Tonight" and "Dirrty".
  • Femme Fatale: In her "Your Body" video.
  • Fight Clubbing: In her "Dirrty" video.
  • Glamorous Wartime Singer: "Candyman". Includes numerous Shout Outs to famous pin-up paintings of the era as well.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: "Not Myself Tonight" and "Dirrty".
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: All of her "stripped" era performances.
  • In Da Club: In "Dirrty" and "Not Myself Tonight".
  • Lingerie Scene: Most of her music videos.
  • Leotard of Power: Most of Not Myself Tonight
  • Overcrank: Random moments in her "Stripped: Live From London" performances.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Back To Basics tour second act.
  • Panty Shot: Used 10 times in the "Dirrty" video. Pretty much inevitable since her main costume in said video is crotchless leather chaps with a bikini underneath.
  • Painted-On Pants: Live and during the Your Body video,
  • Pretty in Mink: Aguilera wore a few furs, including a white rabbit coat in the video for rapper Nelly's "Tilt Ya Head Back". Often in Back To Basics era.
  • 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.
    • Hurt also uses some of these elements.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In the "You Lost Me" video.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: A few videos, especially "Not Myself Tonight" and "Dirrty".
  • Woman in Black: "Not Myself Tonight" and most of the Stripped tour.
  • Woman in White: The Voice Within and the first act of the Back To Basics tour.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Most of her Stripped and Bionic era performances and videos.
  • World War II: "Candyman"
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In "Ain't No Other Man".

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