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10 sides of Christina Aguilera

Posted in Christina Aguilera with tags , , , on May 2, 2014 by dirrtyboy88

“There are many different sides to Christina Aguilera” , said she herself one time. Of course, she was talking more about her incredible musical versatility as an artist than anything else, but there are actually many different parts of her personality and life that have made her who she is today or that she has been or embodied in the past. Here are my favourites:

10) “Disneytina”

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She never forgets her Disney roots (MMC and the Mulan soundtrack) nor does she tire of going there so often and is constantly being papped or posing there at least a few times every year.

9) “Halloweentina”

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Already always known for her questionable fashion choices, Chris also goes all out for Halloween, with some rather random costumes that she seems to have made up herself, such as erm… Spider Queen?

8) “Marilyntina”

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In mid-2004 she dyed her hair back to its natural blonde colour (well, perhaps bleached is a better term), put on red lippy and began channelling Marilyn Monroe while she geared up for the release and promotion of Back To Basics. And since then hasn’t changed it much at all bar a few red and purple streaks. Will she ever dye her hair a different colour again?

7) “WTFtina”

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After Madonna and Cher and before Gaga and Katy, Christina was making a name for herself with her crazy outfits just as much as she was for her music and from 2000-2003 she had some pretty weird get-ups that she’d go out in and not for what seemed like a “fashion statement” but instead because… well, just because I think. As well as a pink feather dress and a shredded dress that looks a lot like Gaga’s meat dress complete with a wild blonde afro, others include a bra made out of what looks like a scarf, her various Halloween costumes and of course, her Dirrty chaps.

6) “Rifftina”

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Love it or loathe it, Christina’s vocal style – a mixture of Whitney, Mariah and Etta all rolled into one – is one of the most distinctive of all time and while her technique and control may not be on par with the likes of Beyoncé (yawn) and though constantly criticised for “over-singing”, she is arguably still more influential as a vocalist than her fellow peer. What is rather astonishing about Christina’s singing is what seems like her need to try and fit A LOT of riffs and runs into just one phrase, let alone a whole song, which may leave some people questioning her sense of musicality and can be very hit and miss at times, but are certainly always interesting to hear to say the least. She herself has owned up to overdoing it in the past and can also poke fun at her own quirkiness.

5) “Boobtina” and “Asstina”

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Christina has forever been well-known for showing off her assets and being comfortable in her own body, no matter what her size – which seems to fluctuate ALL THE TIME. She controversially but unsurprisingly showed a lot cleavage at Etta James’ funeral and her ass could have easily rivalled Nicki Minaj and her butt implants at one point.

4) “Drunktina”

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She’s been kissin’ all the boys and the girls… Chris is known to love a good drink and a night out – to a point when rumours swirled around the reasons and subsequent behaviour problems – and she was of course infamously taken into a police station one time for being too drunk in a passenger seat while her boyfriend was arrested for DUI.

3) “Shadetina”/”Bitchtina”

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From calling Kelly Osbourne a “sad, poor, angry little child” and throwing darts at a picture of her face to saying she didn’t know if Gaga was a man or a woman, from letting slip about Lip sync-ney’s miming at the VMAs to accusing P!nk of copying her and of course *that* “hug” with Justin Bieber, X has been on one side of many “feuds” with other celebrities, whether they were intentional or not. It’s given her the reputation of a “rude” and “unfriendly” diva but does she care? Nope.

2) “Dirrtytina”

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Madonna has always been at the forefront of mixing sex with her music and artistry but until 2002, no-one else dared to be as brave and overtly sexual as her than Christina – not even Britney. Since her drastic makeover from cutesy, bubblegum teen popstar to “Xtina” (consisting of few and revealing clothes, heavy makeup, dreads and countless body and facial piercings), “Dirrtytina” remains an iconic era in her career, whether it be for good or bad reasons. Nowadays, many others have attempted to follow in her footsteps of being controversially sexy or slutty, including Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and of course, Miley Cyrus – albeit the latter basically ripping her off.

1) “Blacktina”

Remember when Chrissy was so tangoed and dyed her black then went around on stage speaking with a heavy fake accent? I do. In 2003, while on tour and at the MTV Europe Music Awards, she exuded more swag than some hip-hop rappers did, strutting around the stage, giving face and talking like she sings sometimes – like a southern black woman in what we can only assume was her asserting her independence and reflecting on the supposedly bad attitude she had at the time. Either way, she definitely looked like an almost completely different person to how she was in 2002 and 2004, which was rather bizarre.

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Vocal Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Christina Aguilera

Posted in Christina Aguilera, Songs, Vocal Spotlight with tags , , , , , , on December 18, 2013 by dirrtyboy88

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To celebrate both Christina Aguilera’s 33rd birthday and Christmas next week, this Vocal Spotlight focuses on her blues-inspired version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which she recorded for her “My Kind of Christmas” album in 2000. Christina performed this holiday standard – written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin and first introduced by Judy Garland in 1944 – a lot during her time promoting her Christmas album. On the majority of the album she shows off her vocal ability a great deal more than she did on her début and her tone throughout is light and pure and it is very much so on this song, in which we hear her voice span 3 octaves (Eb3-Eb6).

A lot of people criticised Christina for oversinging a lot on this album (or just in general really) but her vocals here are relatively restrained and controlled with minimal unnecessary inflections or runs. In 2000, she performed the song live with R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, which made for a very beautiful and soulful duet between the both (though perhaps vocals are quite a bit more over-the-top than in the recorded version).

Christina also performed the song again just over a decade later in 2011 at Disneyland where her vocals are back to being more restrained and controlled than before (she was reportedly having vocal coach lessons around this time) and singing techniques showed signs of improvement, making it one of her best live vocal performances in recent years.

Christina’s Best Live Vocal Performances by year (1999-2013)

Posted in Christina Aguilera, Live Performances with tags , , , on June 19, 2013 by dirrtyboy88

As much as I love Christina Aguilera, as a live performer her vocals are quite inconsistent and there is always a lot of debate about her voice in many of them, whether it be the health of it or the style in which she sings. However, here I have listed the 15 best live vocal performances throughout her career so far from 1999 to 2013 – one for each year, except 2009 when she didn’t perform. Instead I have put a video of her from her MMC days to show how far she’s come. Many of them cemented her as one of this generation’s finest and most talented vocalists with a unique “mixed” style (taking different styles and genres of singing from her various idols and influences and putting them together to create her own style) that has in turn influenced a legion of other young singers after her.

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Please note, there are some performances that I haven’t included in here that some fans might consider to be good (for example her tributes to James Brown at the 2007 Grammys and Etta James at her funeral), because I believe they were emotionally great but not so much technically. I also haven’t included any performances from her mini-concert at the Time 100 Gala (pictured above) since there are still no full-length videos available, even though the short snippets did sound good, but check out my choices below:

1993 – Mickey Mouse Club

“I Have Nothing” on the Mickey Mouse Club show

Since there isn’t a 2009 performance, here’s one from 1993 when she was nearly 13, singing Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. It may be in a lower key and has no key change but she still does really well for someone her age – especially a song like this and shows she really had a lot of potential, talent and star power at that age. Poor Britney…

1999 – Self-titled début

“Reflection” on the Donny and Marie Show

Here she was still young and still finding herself as a singer before her first album came out. I believe if “Reflection” had been released as her début single it would have done her more justice and given her more credibility, rather than joining in with the teen-pop hype of the time.

2000 – My Kind of Christmas

“The Christmas Song” live at Christmas in Washington

Christina’s Christmas album was a mixed one – her voice was in fine form and her tone was great and pure, but it featured a lot of over-singing. This version of “The Christmas Song” however, was good and she managed to show off her voice for the President without going too overboard.

2001 – Mi Reflejo

“Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti” and “Falsas Esperanzas” at the Latin Grammy Awards

A lot of Spanish-speaking people believe Christina sings great in Spanish and sometimes better than in English. Her voice was getting better around this time and was a good chance for her to practice singing and dancing together more, which she manages to do well here. There is also some great use of her falsetto too.

2002 – Stripped

“Fever” with the Pussycat Dolls at the Roxy Theatre

Christina can sound really sexy and sultry when singing in a bluesy way using her lower register, as she does here for the song “Fever” with The Pussycat Dolls, and she does well to keep it straight and simple too.

2003 – Stripped

“Come On Over (All I Want Is You)” in London (Stripped Tour)

The test of a true artist is to see if they can take an old song of theirs and re-work it to make it sound fresh and different, which is what she does here with “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”. She keeps the vocals clean and simple, yet playful, and her tone is beautiful.

2004 – Hiatus

“Walk Away” on Letterman

Soulful and sultry vocals, this performance had everything – perfect tone and control throughout and lots of emotion. Definitely one of her best from this era.

2005 – Hiatus

“A Song For You” on Ellen

This is not long after Christina recovered from strained vocal chords and in the build up to her next album, but her voice sounds stronger and richer than it has done before and when she proved she really excels at singing jazz-type records.

2006 – Back To Basics

“Ain’t No Other Man” at the MTV Movie Awards

Here Christina’s vocals were in top form and was probably her best first performance of a lead single from an album. Right from the first opening note through to the end, she kept the momentum going whilst moving around in heels, which is always something to be in awe of.

2007 – Back To Basics

“Makes Me Wanna Pray” in Adelaide (Back To Basics Tour)

This is when Christina’s voice was at its peak. This tour was very vocally demanding for her, especially this last leg when she was about 3 months pregnant. She really gets into the soulful feeling of this song and shows why she should do more gospel-influenced numbers like this.

2008 – Greatest Hits

“I Loves You Porgy” at the Grammy Nominations concert

A simple yet great vocal performance, Christina really shows off her lower register without showing off her voice too much. Her control is great and tone is smooth and warm, even if it does show that her voice has already begun to deepen a lot.

2009 – Hiatus (no performances)

2010 – Burlesque/Bionic

“Lift Me Up” at the Hope For Haiti telethon

Again, using her lower register where she now seems the most comfortable, this one and only performance of “Lift Me Up” had great control and technique throughout most of it. This era itself was one her weakest vocally, but this performance was beautiful.

2011 – Hiatus

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” at Disney Park Parade

After a spell of performances that were more miss than hit, this is definitely one of her best vocal performances in the past few years. Beautiful tone and great control throughout the entire song and her registers, probably thanks to the vocal training she had been receiving in the months prior to this.

2012 – Lotus

“Beautiful” at the Hurricane Sandy Appeal concert

There have been many performances of “Beautiful” that are worthy of being mentioned, but this one was really good. Again her tone is smooth and she has good control of her voice, as well as evidently showing a real connection to the song when performing it.

2013 – Lotus

“Blank Page” at the People’s Choice Awards

Unfortunately, many of the performances so far throughout the “Lotus” era have been average at best, but “Blank Page” was a gem. Her vocals weren’t perfect all the way through, but it definitely showed that she’s still got it and improvement since her other performances in the months before this one.

Ten Best Unreleased/Rare Christina Aguilera Tracks

Posted in Christina Aguilera, Female Vocalists, Music, Songs with tags , , , on March 9, 2013 by dirrtyboy88

Below is a list of my favourite unreleased (or unofficially released/leaked) and rare Christina Aguilera songs, of which there have been quite a few over the years and ones I wish she had either included on her albums, which in turn could have been released as singles and been hits. Most songs you will not find or know about (unless you’re a hardcore fan), so here they are:

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1) I Will Be

Emotional. Inspirational. Simple arrangement. Flawless vocals. This song was a B-side to the single “Dirrty”, which really showed the contrast in her musical artistry back then, but was unfortunately left off Stripped.

2) Hello (Follow Your Own Star)

Similar to the song “Soar” from Stripped, “Hello” was released as a promotional single for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class car model in 2004, when Christina began embracing her new “clean, good girl” image and looking like a modern-day Marilyn Monroe. The song has some elements of soul and blues and was a sneak preview of her new Back To Basics sound she had begun to work on. The lyrics are inspirational and vocals are on point, but the CD itself is extremely hard to find nowadays. Christina performed the song once at the launch of the new car in Germany, and although she was sick at the time, it’s also one of the rare times she showcased her whistle register.

3) We’re A Miracle

Taken from the soundtrack to Pokémon: The First Movie, “We’re A Miracle” was recorded around the same time as “Reflection”, before the release of her first album. Here her vocals are beautiful, her tone is pure, and you could tell back then that there was something special about her.

4) Too Beautiful For Words

Released as the B-side to “What A Girl Wants”, “Too Beautiful For Words” is another rare song that cannot be found today and was also recorded around the time of her debut album but never made the final cut. This song is one of the rare occasions in which Christina’s voice is toned way down with no belts and everything is kept pure and simple. The title of the song just captures the whole thing perfectly.

5) Nasty (featuring Cee Lo Green)

Originally recorded for her Back To Basics album and then shelved for the Burlesque soundtrack (but never made the cut), the demo for “Nasty” leaked around the start of The Voice, sparking rumours that Christina and Cee Lo were going to release the song properly. Unfortunately, they never did but it got a lot of people excited and interested in the song. The song features fierce vocals from Christina, a good cameo from Cee Lo and that dirty, funky, soulful sound that would have fit perfectly on Back To Basics, so I have no idea what it was scrapped but it makes me wonder if the demo was that good, what the full version sounded like if they ever did record it properly.

6) Don’t Make Me Love You (‘Til I’m Ready)

This song was put on the re-release of her debut album (with the radio edit versions of “What A Girl Wants” and “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”) and also features on the soundtrack to the Madonna film The Next Best Thing. The film and the soundtrack were both massive flops so I’d be surprised you’d have heard of either of them, unless you’re a huge Madonna stan. This song was actually a pretty cool song and it’s a shame it was never officially released.

7) Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy

Christina singing in Spanish is always amazing and it’s a shame that she doesn’t do so often enough. “Dame Lo Que Yo Te Doy” is the Spanish version of “Get Mine, Get Yours” and is on the Latin American edition of Stripped. The original English version is already a very sexy song but as they say, things always sound better in Spanish, and this is no exception.

8) Little Dreamer

This touching song was released with Bionic as an iTunes exclusive so unless you downloaded the album from there, you probably wouldn’t know of it. The lyrics to speak of when Christina is “gone” (dead) and how she’ll still be there for her son (it’s not specified but everyone presumes that’s who the song is for) in spirit when the time comes, so not usually the best topic for song, but it does still have a lovely sentiment to it and her vocals are beautiful, yet tainted with bittersweet emotion.

9) Casa de Mi Padre

“Casa de Mi Padre” (The House of my Father) is the first full Spanish song recorded by Christina in years and featured on the soundtrack to budget film of the same name, starring Will Ferrell – no, I’ve never heard of it either, but am sure with better promotion, such as the release of this song as a single, it would have got more recognition. Christina’s vocals are haunting yet gorgeous and again it makes you wonder why she hasn’t recorded and released another Spanish album again.

10) That’s What Love Can Do

Apparently a reject from Stripped, “That’s What Love Can Do” was featured on a promotional EP with Justin Timberlake (called Justin & Christina) when they both toured North America together in 2003, so is another extremely rare song to come across. The song has a Latin-pop and R&B flavour to it which was quite cool, but was definitely still below par to be put on Stripped.