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|Christina Aguilera likes naked women - Aug 14, 2006|
|Pop star Christina Aguilera has opened up about her attraction to women.|
The 25-year-old singer, who married music producer Jordan Bratman last year, told New York's HX magazine that she eschews labels. But she revealed: "I do think the female body is beautiful, and sometimes I get more pleasure looking at a nude female body than a male's, depending on who that is.
"It's a very sensual thing, the female body, and I have an appreciation for it."
Aguilera told the magazine she wasn't surprised when former N'Sync singer Lance Bass announced he is gay. "I'm shocked that it's...
|Pop Album of the Year So Far - Aug 14, 2006|
|4 1/2 out of 5 stars|
While the comparison may seem unusual at first, Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics is the most ambitious conceptual piece attempted by a major pop artist since Green Day's American idiot. Like Green Day, Aguilera succeeds by stretching herself beyond the constraints of her past work by looking back and pulling together personal influences from her past while knocking the ball out of the park with sincerity, emotion, and, yes, killer hooks.
Christina Aguilera's Big Concept
Christina Aguilera describes herself as a major fan of music of the 20's, 30's and 40's and remembe...
|Album Review - Aug 13, 2006|
|When Christina Aguilera released her garish, sexually charged sophomore effort, Stripped, in 2002, it seemed that she pushed her obsessions with tweaking taboos just a little too far. Sure, she could still sing, but her music was now driven entirely by skeletal club grooves and explicit carnality. It was a bold break from the teenybopper persona she was desperate to shed, but it was overcorrective steering, taking her a little bit too far down the road toward a grotesque caricature, particularly in her ugly video for the album's lead single, "Dirrty." All this grandstanding provoked ...|
|Promiscuous girl - Christina Aguilera fools around on her new CD - Aug 14, 2006|
|Christina Aguilera desperately wants to be taken seriously. A spin of her new double-disc, “Back to Basics,” which goes on sale tomorrow, confirms Aguilera’s aspirations. |
But like so many pop stars, her stab at credibility relies chiefly on gimmicks inspired by the singer’s fascination with early r & b and jazz. Sometimes her gimmicks work, but too often her tricks undermine her. She’s at her best when she flat-out sings.
Uppity pop artists love double-albums. But they usually result in lots of filler and self-indulgence: think “Piggies” on the Beatles’ “White Album” or most ...
|Aguilera's artistry, not image, takes center stage on new CD - Aug 14, 2006|
|(AP) - Christina Aguilera, Back to Basics (RCA Records) |
Nowadays, it's typical for a teen pop star to mutate into a pop tart - but no one did more quickly, or more scandalously, than Christina Aguilera.
The former Mouseketeer turned multiplatinum diva caused shockwaves with the release of her second album, 2002's Stripped - not because of the album's content, but the image that accompanied it. With tacky extensions, Band-Aid length skirts, wicked sexual imagery and an overall bad-girl attitude, she mutated into X-tina - a persona so toxic it almost overshadowed her formidable talent.
|Aguilera goes 'Back to Basics' - Aug 13, 2006|
|Christina Aguilera says the driving ambition behind her new album was to return to the music that has inspired her as she grew up.|
The album fittingly entitled 'Back to Basics' takes influences from Blues, Jazz, and Soul music.
Christina said: "I wanted to do my own take on what that would be. I didn't want to take the easy way out and do any covers or things like that.
"I really wanted to go back in time and dive into those areas of the incredible Blues singers and jazz musicians.
"Taking a direction from that exciting time visually as well, using a lot of the old screen si...
|Pop Diva Goes 'Back To Basics' - Sep 2006|
|Of the pop princesses who charted in the earlier years of the century - Britney, Mandy and Jessica among them - only one avoided criticisms of her vocal talent. For sure, Christina Aguilera inspired her fair share of snide comments - about her sex kitten image, ego and provocative fashion sense - but no one doubted she could sing. |
Early hits like 'Genie In A Bottle' showcased a strong voice, and the string of videos that followed introduced us to a beautiful young singer-dancer. But it wasn't until 2002's Stripped album and songs like 'Beautiful' and 'Fighter' that the full grandeur of her v...
|Old-school? Her? - Aug 15, 2006|
|Christina Aguilera's 'Basics' honors forebears she's yet to live up to|
Christina Aguilera wants to be a revivalist.
She's titled the already much-fussed-over album that hits stores today "Back to Basics." Its complementary discs of hip-hop and high-concept pop have been packaged in a retro sleeve emblazoned with the phrase "a 'new orthophonic' hi fidelity recording" — as if the laser-etched plastic contained within could be played on a phonograph from the 1920s.
To promote her first single, the horn-maddened "Ain't No Other Man," the singer made a video in whic...
|A Good Album That Could Have Been Great - Aug 15, 2006|
|Christina Aguilera still hasn't learned that less is more. She has a great voice, but sometimes she uses it as a battering ram instead of a musical instrument, singing 10 notes when one will do. She is a good songwriter but mines the same territory - lyrically and melodically - too much. And she has a healthy desire to shock but then gets upset when people are actually shocked.|
Her new double album, "Back to Basics" (RCA), is a textbook example of how most good double albums could have been great single albums. Aguilera uncorks several brilliant moments over the course of the 22-son...
|AGUILERA HAS NO REGRETS OVER MILLIONS SPENT ON MARRIAGE - Aug 15, 2006|
|Pop star CHRISTINA AGUILERA has no regrets about spending $2 million (GBP1.1 million) on her wedding to marketing executive JORDAN BRATMAN, because she never thought she would actually tie the knot. |
The BEAUTIFUL singer's traumatic past forced her to become fiercely independent and focused on her career, at the expense of personal relationships.
She tells Allure magazine, "I was never one of those girls who couldn't wait to be married, who couldn't wait for the white dress. "That was so not me. I always felt my career was first. Nothing was going to distract me. That's another re...
|Listen Up: Christina, Obie, Lyfe, Trace - Aug 14, 2006|
|This week's menu of music reviewed by USA TODAY's critics features:|
> Christina Aguilera, whose long-awaited third English-language non-holiday album is "a triumph of production and technique over songcraft and personal expression," Elysa Gardner is compelled to report.
> Libertines spin-off the Dirty Pretty Things (led by the ex-Libertine who's not a tabloid fixture for drug exploits). Edna Gundersen digs their "explosive, concise punk-rock tunes."
> Western Australian band the Sleepy Jackson, which Edna appreciates for itss "sumptuous melodies" and f...
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