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September 5, 2008: "Christina Aguilera To Perform at MTV Awards"
Christina Aguilera has been announced to perform at this Sunday's (September 7) MTV Video Music Awards taking place in Los Angeles.
Speaking at a press conference today, Aguilera revealed the show be the first time her baby son Max will see her perform.
"I'm very excited. This will be his first time watching me perform on television, but only for a little while because he's not really allowed to watch television yet. I'll make an exception for the VMAs," she said of the 8 month-old.
August 26, 2008: "Christina Aguilera And Husband Jordan Bratman Want Another Baby"
Christina Aguilera wants another baby.
The "Dirrty" singer revealed she and husband Jordan Bratman hope to add to their brood because they love parenthood so much.
She said: "It is the best thing you will ever do in your life."
"It just lights up my whole world when Max laughs."
"Being a mother just gives you a whole new sense of purpose, and it's just the most amazing thing. I was in awe of the entire experience of pregnancy - the entire journey was just incredible."
Meanwhile, Christina claims her instincts have helped her maintain a long career.
The 27-year-old singer explained: "In this business it gets crazy - the people that you sort of have to weed through with bad intentions or ulterior motives - but you have to trust your instincts."
"In the end, know what you're in it for and it's the love of music and the love of what I do, so I just have fun with it and really continue to try and soul search and be myself continuously through and through."
July 9, 2008: "Christina Aguilera's Shoe Size Increased During Her Pregnancy"
Christina Aguilera's feet increased by two sizes when she was pregnant. The 27-year-old singer admits she was stunned by the amount her petite feet ballooned in size.
She said: "My stomach was really where I carried my weight. Toward the end of my pregnancy, I felt really big - I gained about 40lbs, which is a lot for my size. My hips also changed significantly. And my feet grew from a size five-and-a-half to a size seven in flats!"
Christina also revealed she was thrilled when she returned to her regular size, because she could start wearing her old clothes and shoes again.
She said: "Thank God my feet went back to normal. I would have been so depressed if I had to get rid of my shoe collection!"
The 'Dirrty' singer also spoke about her upcoming album, the follow-up to her hit 2006 record 'Back To Basics', and said while having Max has encouraged her to go in a "playful direction" with her music, she will also explore the issue of domestic violence in her lyrics.
She added to Glamour magazine: "Of course you have compassion for children, but when you have your own, you feel it on a much deeper level. So I'm motivated to speak out even more - to do more charity work and to help children find safe homes."
July 4, 2008: "Christina Applegate Saddened By Death Of Ex-Boyfriend
Christina Applegate is "profoundly saddened" by the death of her on-off boyfriend Lee Grivas, she was not with the aspiring photographer at the time of his death, but says she is stunned by the news.
She told Us Weekly magazine: "I am profoundly saddened. Lee was an incredible human being who was an extremely important and beautiful part of my life."
"He is missed beyond words. He touched so many and I feel much sadness for his mother, father, brother, and all of his family and friends."
Grivas' body was discovered in his apartment in Hollywood, California, by a neighbor on Tuesday.
While no cause of death has been officially confirmed, Los Angeles' Department of Coroner's Lieutenant Fred Corral suggested it may have been drug-related. He said: "Grivas did have a history of drug abuse, and our investigator found a syringe at the scene."
Corral went on to say a toxicology report would discover the cause of death.
July 1, 2008: "Christina Aguilera And Husband Keep The Passion Alive In Their Marriage"
Christina Aguilera hires babysitters when she wants to have sex with husband Jordan Bratman.
The 'Dirrty' singer - who gave birth to the couple's first child, Max, in January - insists their baby is their priority but the couple also need to spend time alone.
She told Glamour magazine: "We make sure we have mommy and daddy nights out. Our child comes first, obviously, but there are certain things you can do. Once we know he's in good hands, we go out late at night and have a few drinks. Then we'll come home, dim the lights and do our thing. and I'm not going into any more detail than that!"
Christina recently vowed motherhood won't stop her enjoying "naked Sundays" with her husband.
She said: "When it comes to things like our cosy naked Sundays I think it's important for Jordan and I not to lose ourselves. Of course, having a child requires a lot of time and attention, but we think it's really important to still have mommy and daddy time."
June 26: "Christina Aguilera On Larry King Live"
Christina Aguilera showing off her sexy post-pregnancy body, just six months after the birth of her son Max.
Posing for the paparazzi outside the Larry King Live studios, the ï¿½Ainï¿½t No Other Manï¿½ songstress looked sexy and slim in a form-fitting grey hoodie and black leggings.
She was sharing her ï¿½words of wisdomï¿½ for the ï¿½Rock the Voteï¿½ campaign on Larry King Live last night.
The responsible mother, and now enlightened political advocate, discussed the importance of voting and supporting presidential candidate, Barack Obama.
She says: ï¿½It is an exciting one. Wow! What a groundbreaking time in history. I mean, we had a woman running for president, which was pretty much unheard of. Umï¿½and an African American running for president. So, it is just excitingï¿½the change that is coming to our country.ï¿½
June 5, 2008: "Christina Aguilera Defends Her Late Night Partying"
Christina Aguilera has defended her late night partying. Christina Aguilera says she is entitled to go out and enjoy herself with husband Jordan Bratman despite being a mother.
Christina Aguilera said: "I spend all day with my son and once in a while if I want to go out and have a mommy-daddy night with my husband, I am more than allowed to do that."
"They never air footage of the paparazzi actually pulling up beside my husband and being like: 'When is she going to leave the house? I have been trying to get a picture of her for weeks.'"
"Everybody has an opinion and everybody sometimes wants to cause drama and be mean spirited, but it's something that comes with what you do and I learned that very early on."
Christina Aguilera hit Las Vegas' Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace on Saturday for the launch of the jewelry line inspired by her, the Stephen Webster Silver Collection.
April 23, 2008: "Christina Aguilera among '50 Mas Bellos'"
Christina Aguilera is one of People en Espanolï¿½s ï¿½50 Mas Bellos,ï¿½ the 50 Most Beautiful Hispanic stars in TV, film, music and sports.
ï¿½I love the Latino culture. Itï¿½s fire and passion, and I definitely want my son to be a part of that. After all, he is half Latino too,ï¿½ says Christina Aguilera, who is standing tall and proud on the cover of this monthï¿½s People en Espaï¿½ol.
Congrats, she sure deserves it!
March 20, 2008: "Christina Aguilera Sex Dolls For Sale"
inflatable sex dolls based on Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson are up for grabs.
The pair have been added to Pipedream Products' new celebrity range, which already includes Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Tori Spelling and Paris Hilton.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria are also new additions to the line, which sells for $19.95.
Lohan, who appeared in Herbie: Fully Loaded, is re-created as the 'Lindsay Fully Loaded Love Doll'. The slogan reads: "She's no love bug, she's a fiery red... who never says no and is always up for a good time."
The advertising for Simpson's doll boasts: "She's sexy, newly single, and ready for you! This hot blonde bombshell has three thrilling holes to satisfy your every desire, and since she's dumb as an ox, she never says no!"
The firm reportedly wants to create a Britney Spears doll in the future.
February 23, 2008: "Throwing a 'penis party'"
Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman celebrated the birth of their baby in an unusual way ï¿½ with a penis party.
Christina , who gave birth to son Max last month, said: 'For decorations, we put up penis balloons all over the place. For our family we got big ones.
We are not a very conservative couple, and I definitely like to have fun with things.
Hmm something is fishy in this party, she said "big ones" is she doping that to compensate on the size of her husband's?
February 15, 2008: "Picture of Christina Aguilera's Newborn Baby"
Meet Christina Aguilera's newborn son Max Bratman! What a cute little baby!
Christina, who says she's "head-over-heels in love" with the baby, posed with the newborn for the cover of Hello! magazine.
The 27-year-old gushed: "He's completely changed my life."
Max was conceived during the U.S. leg of Aguilera's 2007 world tour, and was born last month in LA. She and Bratman married in 2005.
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Birth name: Christina Maria Aguilera.
Born: December 18, 1980, Staten Island, New York, USA.
Height: 5'2.5" (1.59 m).
-Jordan Bratman (19 November 2005 - present).
Christina Aguilera biography (bio):
Christina Marï¿½a Aguilera is an American pop singer and songwriter. She was signed to RCA Records after recording "Reflection" for the film Mulan. She came to prominence following her debut album Christina Aguilera (1999), which was a critical and commercial success. A Latin pop album Mi Reflejo, and a Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas, followed during this period and also sold strongly.
Aguilera took creative control over her second studio album Stripped (2002), which received mixed reviews and yet produced substantial sales. During the album's promotion, her overtly sexual image became the subject of intense criticism and ridicule, although in recent times it has given her respect for promoting independence and female empowerment. Her third studio album Back to Basics (2006) included elements of soul, jazz, and blues music. It was released to good sales and positive critical reception. Aguilera's works have earned her numerous awards, most notably five Grammy Awards and sixteen nominations. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Early life and career:
Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York, to Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a Sergeant in the US Army at the time and Shelly Loraine Fidler, a Spanish teacher. Aguilera's father was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, while her mother is of Irish descent (her maternal grandmother emigrated from County Clare). The two met at Brigham Young University, and later married in the LDS temple in Washington D.C. Her father, Fausto, was stationed at Earnest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada and Japan. Aguilera lived with her father and mother until she was 7 years old. When Aguilera's parents divorced, her mother took her, and her younger sister Rachel, to her grandmother's home in Rochester, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar suburb of Pittsburgh. According to both Aguilera and Fidler, her father was very controlling, as well as physically and emotionally abusive. She later wrote about her difficult childhood in the songs, "I'm OK" in Stripped, and "Oh Mother" in Back to Basics. Although her father has written to Christina, she has ruled out any chance to reunite with him. Since then, Fidler has married a paramedic named Jim Kearns, and has changed her name to Shelly Kearns.
Aguilera attended North Allegheny School District, near the Pittsburgh suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania.
As a child, Aguilera aspired to be a singer. Her musical influences included Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, and Madonna. She also cites the musicals for The Sound of Music as an early inspiration for singing and performing. As a child, she was known locally as "the little girl with the big voice", singing in local talent shows and competitions.
According to VH1's Driven, this label eventually backfired on her. When competitors learned they would be up against her in any given week, they immediately backed out, prompting insiders to claim it was "like sending a lamb to the slaughter." Her peers soon became jealous of her and would frequently subject her to ridicule, ostracism, and, in one gym class, attempted assault. Acts of vandalism around her house included the slashing of the tires on the family car. Eventually, the family relocated to another suburb in the Pittsburgh area and, by her own order, swore to secrecy about her talent lest another backlash occur.
On March 15, 1990, she appeared on Star Search singing Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love", but lost the competition. Soon after losing on Star Search, she returned home and appeared on Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV's Wake Up with Larry Richert to perform the same song again. People remarked that the then 10-year-old "sounded 20".
Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games. Her first major role in entertainment came in 1993 when she joined the Disney Channel's variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club. Her co-stars included Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Rhona Bennett (who later became a member of En Vogue), Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, and Keri Russell. According to the documentary Driven, Aguilera's Mickey Mouse Club co-stars called her "the Diva". One of her most notable performances was of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing". When the show was canceled 1994, Aguilera began recording demos in an attempt to get signed to a record label.
At the age of fourteen, Aguilera recorded her first song, "All I Wanna Do", a hit duet with Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi.
In 1997, she represented the United States at the "Golden Stag" International Festival with a two-song set which included a Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross.
1998ï¿½2001: Pop music beginnings:
In 1998, she sang the High "E" in full voice (E5) on a cover of Whitney Houston's "Run to You" which she recorded with an old tape recorder in her bathroom. She was then selected to record the song "Reflection" for the Disney production of Mulan (1998). Recording "Reflection" led to Aguilera earning a contract with RCA Records during the same week. "Reflection" peaked within the top twenty on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song" in 1998.
Under the exclusive representation of Steve Kurtz, Aguilera's self-titled debut album Christina Aguilera was released on August 24, 1999. It reached the top of the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts, selling eight million copies in the U.S. and over twelve million copies worldwide.
Her singles "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants" and "Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 during 1999 and 2000, and "I Turn to You" reached #3. Aguilera won the "Best New Artist" award at the 2000 Grammy Awards, and she was nominated for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "Genie in a Bottle". According to the album's songwriters who appeared on the documentary Driven, Aguilera wanted to display the range and audacity in her voice during the promotion of the album, and performed acoustic sets and appeared on television shows accompanied only by a piano. She ended the year on MTV's 2 Large New Year's Special, as she performed and was MTV's first artist of the millennium.
Later in 2000, Aguilera first emphasized her Latin heritage, following the Latin pop trend of the time, by releasing her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo on September 12, 2000. This album contained Spanish versions of songs from her English debut as well as new Spanish tracks. It peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Latin album charts, and in 2001 it won Aguilera a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Album". The Album has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and has been certified Gold(500,000) in the USA and 3x Platinum (600,000* Latin album). under the RIAA's Los Premios de Oro y Platino program. She also won the World Music Award as the best selling Latin artist that year. Aguilera also released a Christmas album on October 24, 2000 called My Kind of Christmas. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and has been certified Platinum (1 million) in the USA. Ricky Martin asked her to duet with him on the track "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" from his album Sound Loaded; released in 2001 as the album's second single, it reached the top five in the United Kingdom and Germany, top twenty in the U.S., and top forty in Canada, Switzerland, and Australia.
In 2001, Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink were chosen to remake Patti LaBelle's 1975 single "Lady Marmalade" for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. "Lady Marmalade" hit number one on the Hot 100 for five weeks and reached number one in eleven other countries, and it earned all four performers a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". Aguilera's appearance in the music video was compared to that of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. The video proved to be hit as it won MTV's Video of the Year in 2001.
That year a single emerged into record stores called "Just Be Free", one of the demos Aguilera recorded when she was around fifteen years old. When RCA Records discovered the single, they advised fans not to purchase it and had German authorities pull the single off shelves.
Months later, Warlock Records was set to release Just Be Free, an album which contains the demo tracks. Aguilera filed a breach of contract and unfair-competition suit against Warlock and the album's producers to block the release. Instead, the two parties came to a settlement to release the album. Aguilera lent out her name, likeness and image for an unspecified amount of damages. Many of the details of the lawsuit remain confidential. When the album was released in August 2001, it had a photograph of Aguilera when she was fifteen years old.
Although Aguilera's debut album was very well-received, she was dissatisfied with the music and image her management had created for her. Due to the bubblegum pop trend at the time and the genre's upward financial trend she was limited. She mentioned plans of her next album to have much more depth, both musically and lyrically. Steve Kurtz's influence in matters of the singer's creative direction, the role of being her exclusive personal manager and overscheduling had in part caused her to seek legal means of terminating their management contract.
In October 2000, Aguilera filed a Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit against Kurtz for improper, undue and inappropriate influence over her professional activities, as well as fraud. According to legal documents, Kurtz did not protect her rights and interests. Instead, he took action that was for his own interest, at the cost of hers. The lawsuit came about when Aguilera discovered Kurtz used more of her commissionable income than he was allotted, and had paid other managers to assist him. She also petitioned the California State Labor Commission to nullify the contract. After terminating Kurtz's services, Irving Azoff was hired as her new manager. The change in management marked a new change in how Aguilera was marketed, as well as what music she would do in the future.
Kurtz countersued later that month for breach of contract, claiming that the singer violated the same agreement she had sued to void. In the lawsuit, he included others close to Aguilera, alleging their intent to sabotage his business relationship with Aguilera. He also singled out Azoff for being in violation of the terms of Kurtz's contract. During this time and working on her second album she revealed that she was betrayed by several friends, where she hit rock bottom. She used this as therapy for her upcoming album saying, "this record saved me from insanity."
2002ï¿½2003: Stripped era:
On October 29, 2002, after much delay, Aguilera's second full-length English album, Stripped, was released selling more than 330,000 copies in the first week and peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200. Unlike previous work, the album showcased Aguilera's raunchier side. The majority of Stripped was co-written by Aguilera (who had recently signed a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing), and was influenced by many different subjects and music styles, including rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, balladry, pop rock, hip-hop and jazz. Upon initial release, the album was very well-received by critics although Aguilera's vocals were overlooked as she began to cultivate a more sexually provocative image. After the release of the album, she took part in photoshoots for magazines such as Maxim, Rolling Stone, and CosmoGirl!. Many of these photographs featured her nude or semi-nude. It was during this time Aguilera referred to herself as "Xtina," even getting a tattoo of her nickname on the back of her neck and several piercings.
Initially, the raunchy image had a negative effect on Aguilera in the U.S., especially after the release of her controversial "Dirrty" music video. She denied that this change was a matter of publicity, claiming that the image better reflected her true personality than did the image she cultivated back in 1999. While the video for "Dirrty" became a huge hit on MTV, it disappointed on the U.S. singles chart. However, the single was a hit worldwide, reaching number one in the UK and Ireland. The album reached the top five on the UK, U.S. and Canadian album charts, though it was initially considered a "sophomore slump." The second single, "Beautiful", became a huge radio hit and earned her another Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Three more singles from the album ("Fighter", "Can't Hold Us Down" featuring Lil' Kim, "The Voice Within") were released in the following two years and were huge hits helping the album stay on the charts for the next two years - "Infatuation" was only released as single in Spain instead of "The Voice Within". Stripped stayed on the U.S. and UK album charts until well into 2004, and went on to be certified 4x platinum in the U.S., ending up at number ten on Billboard's year-end album chart. Kelly Clarkson's second single "Miss Independent" was co-written by Aguilera, having been half-finished for Stripped. Stripped is certified 4x platinum in the US and has sold over nine million copies worldwide.
In May Christina took part in the Wango Tango concert series where she performed a number of hits such as Beautiful, Fighter and a re-invention of Dirrty for her upcoming tour with Justin Timberlake, which kicked off in June. Aguilera joined Justin Timberlake on the final leg of his international Justified tour, held in the U.S. This portion of the tour became a co-headliner called the Justified & Stripped Tour. In August, an overhead lighting grid collapsed from the ceiling of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, causing major damage to the sound and video equipment below. Because the collapse occurred hours before the show, only a few stagehands were injured, but a few shows were cancelled or postponed. In the fourth quarter of that year, Aguilera continued to tour internationally without Timberlake, and changed the name of the tour to the Stripped tour. She also dyed her hair black. It was one of the top-grossing tours of that year, and sold out most of its venues. Rolling Stone readers named it the best tour of the year. She became the muse and model for fashion house Versace. She also topped Maxim's Hot 100 list setting record sales for the issue later saying, "We had fun working with certain clothes, or the lack thereof".
In light of the tour's success, another U.S. tour was scheduled to begin in mid-2004 with a new theme and featuring Chingy as an opening act. The tour was scrapped because of Aguilera's vocal cord injuries suffered shortly before its opening date. It was later reported by the British tabloid newspaper The Sun that low ticket sales and lack of new material were actually the major contributing factors in the tour's cancellation. Aguilera has since denied the report. In a tribute to Madonna's performance at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards' ceremony, Aguilera performed a kiss with the singer-actress at the 2003 edition of the ceremony in August. The incident occurred during the opening performance of Madonna's songs "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" with fellow popstar Britney Spears.
2004ï¿½2005: Post-Stripped activities and transition:
Aguilera later decided to embrace a more mature image; this move was met with more praise than criticism, with articles using punch lines such as "From Crass to Class". She eventually dyed her hair cherry blonde and recorded a jingle, "Hello", for a Mercedes-Benz ad, becoming the new face of Mercedes-Benz. The single was originally going to be released to advertise 'Mercedes-Benz' but it was never pulled through as she had already started working on new material. Shortly after, she dyed her hair blonde and cut it short, and took on a Marilyn Monroe look; many of her fans believe she is one of the main proponents (along with Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, the Puppini Sisters and Ashley Judd) in bringing back the 1920s-1940s Hollywood glamour look.
In the run-up to the 2004 United States presidential election, Aguilera was featured on billboards for the "Only You Can Silence Yourself" online voter registration drive run by the nonpartisan, non-profit campaign "Declare Yourself". In these political advertisements, shot by David LaChapelle, Aguilera was shown with her mouth sewn shut, to symbolize the effects of not voting. She appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the importance of voting.
In late summer 2004 Aguilera released two singles. The first, "Car Wash", was a remake of the Rose Royce disco song recorded as a collaboration with rapper Missy Elliott for the soundtrack to the film Shark Tale. The second song is also a collaboration, but this time as a second single from one of Nelly's double-release albums, Sweat, titled "Tilt Ya Head Back". Both singles failed commercially in the U.S., but did considerably better in other parts of the world. After much delay, Aguilera's first DVD live-recording from a concert tour, Stripped Live in the UK, was released in November 2004. In late December she officially released a fragrance, Xpose, which has only been available in a few European countries.
Aguilera collaborated with jazz artist Herbie Hancock on a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" recorded for Hancock's album Possibilities, released in August 2005. Aguilera and Hancock were later nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". Aguilera went back to her Mickey Mouse Club roots when she helped open the 50th Anniversary for Disneyland by performing "When You Wish upon a Star", and she also collaborated with Andrea Bocelli on the song "Somos Novios" for his album Amore, released in early 2006. In late 2005, she performed at "Unite of the Stars", a charity banquet in aid of Unite Against Hunger in Johannesburg, South Africa, with stars such as Diana Ross and Westlife. She also performed at the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund at the Coca-Cola Dome in November.
2006ï¿½present: Back to Basics:
In March 2006, Aguilera signed a contract with European cell phone operator Orange to promote the new Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. She was featured in a Pepsi commercial alongside Lebanese singer Elissa, as well as Korean pop singer Rain in May. The spot aired during the 2006 World Cup.
She posed nude for a Marilyn Monroe-inspired photoshoot in the May 2006 issue of GQ magazine. She also granted the magazine an interview in that issue, in which she expressed disappointment in fellow singer Mariah Carey, saying, "She was never cool to me... to the point that one time we were at a party, and I think she got really drunk, and she had just really derogatory things to say to me." In response, Carey issued a press release saying, "It is sad yet predictable that she would use my name at this time to reinvent past incidents for her promotional gain." Aguilera then released her own statement claiming, "My intentions were not to upset Mariah with any statements that were published or taken out of context. I have all the respect in the world for her."
Aguilera's third English studio album, Back to Basics, released August 15, 2006, went to #1 in 13 countries. The critically-acclaimed lead single "Ain't No Other Man" was a substantial success, reaching #2 on the United World Chart, #6 in the U.S., and the top 5 in Europe. The single was regarded as a good comeback song, since she was out of the spotlight since Stripped. Aguilera described the double CD as "a throwback to the 20s, 30s, and 40s-style jazz, blues, and feel-good soul music, but with a modern twist." Producers on the album included DJ Premier, Kwamï¿½, Linda Perry, and Mark Ronson. One track, "F.U.S.S.", was written as a response to the animosity between Aguilera and Scott Storch during the recording of Stripped. In the interview with Maxim, she said, "Thatï¿½s a way of burying my experience with him. We did great work on Stripped... When I tried to work with him again, he made uncalled-for demands. It was disappointing that someone would get affected like that." She received writing credit for every track and was the executive producer for the album, which debuted at number one in the U.S. and the U.K. She was the highest selling female artist of 2006, until Beyonce debuted a couple weeks later with her new solo effort B' Day. The follow-up singles did very well in different regions, "Hurt" in Europe and "Candyman" in the Pacific. She co-directed both music videos, the former with Floria Sigismondi who directed her "Fighter" video, and the latter, "Candyman", with director/photographer Matthew Rolston which was inspired by The Andrews Sisters.
Aside from promoting her own album, Aguilera collaborated with Sean "Diddy" Combs on a track, titled "Tell Me", from his album "Press Play". The single was released in late 2006. The single debuted at number #20 in the UK based on downloads alone, then jumped to number #8 the next week.
She announced her "Back to Basics Tour" with eighteen European dates which began November 17 and ended December 17. Following this, contrary to her previous plans to tour blues and jazz clubs for a more intimate setting, she will tour North America in a 41-date arena tour, which began February 20, 2007 in Houston and ended on May 23 in San Diego. After this, she toured Asia and Australia, which will begin June 18 in Osaka and was supposed to end on August 3 in Auckland. She however canceled her last two dates in Melbourne and her final two in Auckland due to an illness.
She insisted that the jazz club tour would push through sometime after. "We're definitely going to mix it up, change it up, do some things that are not on the record, do some favorite classics of mine."
At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, Aguilera again won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man". She made a noteworthy performance at the ceremony paying tribute to James Brown with her rendition of his song "It's a Man's Man's Man's World". In January 2007, Aguilera was named the 19th richest woman in entertainment by Forbes, with a net worth of US$60 million. Aguilera announced the signing of an international licensing agreement with Procter & Gamble to create Christina Aguilera fragrances. In May 2007 it was announced that the perfume would be named 'Simply Christina Aguilera' and the shape of the bottle would be Aguilera's body. Ads for it are now out, baring the diva's naked back in a black background with tagline 'Sometimes it's all you need to wear'. Aguilera said, "I love trying new things in my music and in fashion. To have a perfume of my own is the beginning of an exciting adventure."
It has been announced by the Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant that in 2008 Aguilera will get a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside Elvis Presley, Ricky Martin, Duran Duran, Tim Robbins, Cate Blanchett, Angela Bassett, Howie Mandel, George Harrison and Aaliyah.
Aguilera said in June 2007 that she was gathering inspiration for her next album, which she said would be "short and sweet" and "completely different from [Back to Basics]", although she did not elaborate on what the style of the album would be.
Unlike her contemporaries, Aguilera has never appeared in movies but she has done numerous television appearances and guestings. She made a cameo appearance performing on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, and hosted a well-received Saturday Night Live episode in 2004. She's mentioned in an interview that her agenda for 2003 were touring and acting. Given the opportunity, she would like to do the roles which Angelina Jolie usually plays "like in the film Girl Interrupted. Something with substance."
She became a part of the soundtracks for several Hollywood films including Mulan, and the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge! In 2004's Shark Tale, she only voiced a small part in the animated film.
Aguilera is in talks to co-star as Amneris in Disney's upcoming live-action film "Aida" opposite of Beyoncï¿½ Knowles. She is also currently being lined up to play the notorious burlesque stripper Tempest Storm in a new film biopic.
Throughout her career, Aguilera has been involved with certain charities. She signed a letter from PETA to the South Korean government asking that the country stop its alleged killing of dogs 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 has continued her donations and visits to the shelter, and plans to open an additional one. She also supports the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Refuge UK. Since then she has worked with Lifetime Television's 'End violence against women' campaign. Her work there included a public service announcement which aired on the network and during her 2007 tour.
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 Mï¿½Aï¿½C and spokesperson for Mï¿½Aï¿½C AIDS Fund. Aguilera appeared in advertisements of the Mï¿½Aï¿½C's Viva Glam V lipstick and lipgloss. 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 stated, "HIV is something that people donï¿½t want to talk about, hear about, or face." 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.
In November 2005, all of her wedding gifts were submitted to various charities around the nation in support of Hurricane Katrina victims. In March 2007 it was announced that Aguilera will take part in a charity album (remaking Lennon's "Mother"), proceeds will benefit Amnesty International's efforts to end genocide in Darfur. The album titled "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur" will be released June 12, which features John Lennon covers sung by several artists.
In 2000, Aguilera was rumored to have dated MTV VJ Carson Daly. The relationship was the subject of much discussion after the release of Eminem's song "The Real Slim Shady", in which Eminem satirically suggests that Aguilera had performed fellatio on both Daly and Fred Durst, the lead singer of Limp Bizkit, and had given the rapper himself a venereal disease. Aguilera called the song's innuendo "disgusting" and "untrue." Aguilera and Eminem reportedly resolved the issue three years later backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
She dated Puerto Rican-born dancer Jorge Santos for two years until the relationship ended in September 2001.
In late 2002, Aguilera began dating music marketing executive Jordan Bratman. Their engagement was announced in February 2005, and they married on November 19, 2005, in the Napa Valley. The couple celebrated their one year anniversary in Dublin, Ireland where she was on tour at the time. E! News reported that they are expecting their first child together.
In March 2007, producer Dallas Austin alleged in a video interview with SOHO Magazine that Aguilera had sex with him and several of his friends. He also alleged details about Bratman, who Dallas referred to as his old best friend. Several days following the incident Dallas issued an apology stating, "My statement about Christina Aguilera was a reaction to an incident I care not to discuss in any forum - I do owe an apology to Christina." Aguilera's rep responded with, "She's not commenting on such ridiculous statements, and we are consulting a lawyer to explore her options."
Most recently, Aguilera has been forced to cancel two Melbourne dates. Originally those dates were tour on July 28th and 29th due to an illness. They were later postponed and then canceled. Doctors have confirmed Aguilera has a viral upper respiratory tract infection with a high fever and abnormal coughing. They have prescribed complete bed rest for the next few days.
Aguilera asked for the following message to be passed onto fans:
"I want to personally apologize to all of my fans for having to cancel my last two shows here in Melbourne. Unfortunately, I have fallen ill with a bad flu virus. This is one of the best cities in the world to perform in and I am truly disappointed that I won't be able to share my show with you all. Thank you for all of the continued love and support and I hope to perform for you all again next time."
In August 2007, the adverts for her perfume range were revealed where she was seen to bare all. She had joined forces with Procter & Gamble to launch her own self-titled fragrance. The advert would show Aguilera's bare back painted with an elaborate floral tattoo, alongside a caption saying "Sometimes it's all you need to wear".
Aguilera, a spinto soprano, known for her strong vocals and powerful voice, has rivaled many of her other contemporaries and has been referred to as the "voice of her generation." In the MTV special All Eyes on Christina, John Norris said that Aguilera "has a four-octave vocal range." Her idols do include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Billie Holiday and all the rest of the blues ladies. Aguilera also topped COVE's list of 100 Best Pop Vocalist with a score of 50, and came fifth in MTV's 22 Greatest Voices. A review in an Entertainment Weekly article mentions her "tackling that dog-whistle high note" at the 3:20 mark in the song "Soar". The song is track 14 from the album Stripped.