Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980)[5] is an American recording artist and actress. She 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 to 1994. She 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 with 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)."[7] Her second album, Mi Reflejo (2000), a third studio album, My Kind of Christmas (2000), and several collaborations followed which garnered Aguilera worldwide success, though she was displeased with her lack of input in her music and image.[8] After parting from her management, Aguilera took creative control over her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002)[9], which was influenced by R&B, pop rock, hip hop and soul.[10]. The album's second single, "Beautiful", was a commercial success and helped the album's commercial performance amidst controversy over Aguilera's image.[11][12][13] Aguilera followed up Stripped with Back to Basics (2006).[14] The album had three worldwide singles: "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman". Four years later Aguilera released her sixth studio album, Bionic (2010).[15][16][17][18] Aguilera's seventh studio album, Lotus, is set to be released in November 2012 and is preceded by the single "Your Body".

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