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She's not herself tonight.

Christina Maria Aguilera 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. In wake of the backlash, Christina is preparing a new album reminiscent of Stripped. She also starred alongside Cher in the 2010 film Burlesque.

Has worked with: Maroon 5, Nelly, Herbie Hancock, T.I., Diddy, Nicki Minaj, The Rolling Stones P!nk, Ricky Martin, MYA and Missy Elliot to date. Shis is because she fills out the spaces between her albums with collaborations and group projects.

Her number one hits include: Moves Like Jagger(2011) (With Maroon 5), Lady Marmalade (2001) (With a variety of contemporary female artists), Come On Over (2000), What A Girl Wants (1999), the ever youthful, Genie In a Bottle (1999).

Even before then, Aguilera was largely considered the best vocalist of the late 1990s girl pop singer group that included Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore.

Currently[when?] a panelist on The Voice.


Standard Studio Records

Themed Albums

  • Mi Reflejo [Spanish-language album] (2000)
  • My Kind of Christmas (2000)
  • Just Be Free [Demo Album Available for Purchase](2001)
  • Justin and Christina (EP with Justin Timberlake) (2003)
  • Keeps Getting Better:A Decade Of Hits (2008)


  • Burlesque (2010)


  • Christina Aguilera: In Concert (2000–01)
  • Stripped World Tour (2003)
  • Back to Basics Tour (2006–07)
Christina Aguilera provides examples of the following 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, all women are lustful and liberated by her sexy stage show and other antics.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Dirrty" and "Still Dirrty"
  • Be Yourself: "The Voice Within", "Hello", "I Will Be" and "Reflection"
  • Break Up Song: "Impossible", "Underappreciated", "You Lost Me", "I Hate Boys", "Walk Away", "Fighter", "Cruz"
  • Creator Breakdown: I'm OK and Oh Mother are about the abuse she witnessed as a very young child. She has also admitted to suffering depression partially due to this experience. This shows in the songs Understand, Mercy On Me, The Right Man and the greater Stripped album.
  • Creator Backlash: "Bionic" has all but been forgotten, a half-assed second single, tour cancelled, her claiming she'd done all the work recording the album and didn't regret not touring for it. Doubts are for any song on it making to her next era.
  • Careful with That Axe: and how, most of her music is this. The exceptions would be "Save Me From Myself" and various tracks from "Bionic"
  • Chewing the Scenery: The lady can sang see Hurt and Mercy On Me
  • 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 a Silly Love Songs album to her then husband with 20-30-40-50's sound backing and occasional contemporary twists..
  • 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.
  • Discontinuity: "Bionic" has suffered some discontinuity due to it's under achievements single-wise.
  • 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.
  • Ethical Slut: In songs like "Dirrty", "Can't Hold Us Down" and "Still Dirrty" and the Bionic Record.
  • Era Specific Personality: Two very specific personality's are present in her work:
    • She was Xtina in her "Bionic" and "Stripped" era's.
    • 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-I'm Ok.
  • 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"
  • Greatest Hits Album: Keeps Getting Better: A Decade Of Hits
  • Grief Song: "Hurt"
  • Incredibly Long Note: A feature of her songs....note On Our Way.
  • Intercourse with You: "Sex For Breakfast", "Dynamite", "Get Mine Get Yours", "Desnudate", "Nasty Naught Boy", "I Got Trouble", "Infatuation", "Woohoo", "Vanity" amongst others.
  • 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.
  • Melismatic Vocals: Well known for fitting 7 note malisma's 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"
  • 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 rnb / sexy / personal edge which unites them together thematically.
  • Precision F-Strike: In Not Myself Tonight.

♪ If you don't like it fuck you♪


♪Taking the blue pill only made you cry♪
♪And all that the red pill did was make you forget why♪

  • Refuge in Audacity: "Sex For Breakfast" and really, the greater "Bionic" album.
  • Rockstar Song: "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" amongst others.
  • Silly Love Songs: Back To Basics is this idea, made into an album, especially disk 1.
    • "Loving Me 4 Me" "Infatuation", "Bound To You".
  • Strictly Formula: Ever since "Stripped" her singles have been released, upbeat party song (Dirrty, Ain't No Other Man, Not Myself Tonight) and then a ballad (Beautiful, Hurt, You Lost Me)
  • 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, and some...statements...she's made about her cotemporary's and elders in the pop arena.
  • Translated Cover Version: Aguilera has done covers of her own English-language songs in Spanish.
  • 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


Musician Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: Her father.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Worked with Madonna live and was one of Etta James favourite singers. Being picked to sing so at her funeral.
  • Cover Version: As a musician she loves to cover is "At Last" in dedicating to 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.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
  • Follow the Leader / Always Someone Better: When she began her singing career, Christina was marketed the same way as Britney Spears to follow the teen-pop trend, from about 1999 to 2002. Lately, Aguilera has been accused of copying Lady Gaga and has been sounding more like her. She's been known due to her rather long breaks between records to get left behind and play second fiddle to Britney Spears as far as listing in popularity stakes go.
  • Good Bad Girl: As she concerns herself with the Madonna-Whore Complex in her music, she herself is a good bad girl who has sex and loves it.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: 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.
  • 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. Also works for the World Food Program.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Aguilera was bullied as a child (tire slashing, spray-painting her home) due to jealousy over her musical accomplishments/personality clashes.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Speaks like this.
  • Military Brat: She moved around quite frequently due to being one.
  • Self-Titled Album: Naturally her debut.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Initially she had a lighter talking voice then her naturally deep singing voice.
  • The Rival / Always Someone Better: Britney Spears, initially, who was also in The New Mickey Mouse Club and came out in 1998. She was recently joined by Lady Gaga in more recent times....
    • Let's not forget P!nk, who even tried to invoke Snacky's Law on her to make herself look better.
    • Now, at least one article has said that part of her initial success was based on being the "edgy" singer when compared to Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, P!nk and Mandy Moore. Now, she still tried to be "edgy," like in "Not Myself Tonight," but now she's competing with Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, and it isn't working as well. Her last album Bionic was met with average to cold reviews and an almost entirely cold reception by the general public, so they might have been right.
    • Unknown Rival: Kelly Osbourne, at one point. Christina never really took her seriously.
    • She is an Unknown Rival to both Britney Spears and Lady Gaga who ignore her negative comments about them to their benefit.
    • The (one-sided) rivalry's have been halted as she has recently wished Britney a happy birthday on Twitter. Which should put to rest any myth about a rivalry between them. She also spoke kindly about Lady Gaga in an interview last year. Which shows personal growth for Christina.

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