Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
1999: the year when pop music ruled the world. From the United States to the UK, the genre was inescapable on music charts, televisions shows, the radio and even our favorite magazine covers. The brink of Y2k gave way to the fresh faces of pop that quickly became music legends of our time: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera. All but Aguilera were already dominating the international charts, with the singer being the last of the four to release her debut. She was introduced to the music scene as part of the 4 Pop Blondes, which included Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. The battle of becoming the the “It” girl in music at that time was a tough one, but nobody could hold the then-19-year-old down (never can, never will)!
Prior to her debut album, many knew Aguilera as a bright-eyed young girl from from 1993′s The New Mickey Mouse Club. Released just eight months after Britney Spears’ iconic …Baby One More Time, at first Christina’s debut was placed in the shadows of pop music’s first princess. But the worldwide success of the four singles that emerged from Christina Aguilera proved that she was a star all her own. While Spears was looked at as the sweet girl next door with her endearing personality, Aguilera showed early signs of her “Xtina” alter ego, as she was unafraid to be mainstream music’s sexualized and rebellious bad girl. Both stars may have had a lot on common at the time, but there was no doubt that Christina Aguilera was bound to achieve a status that placed her within the ranks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
During this musical era, record labels were focused on creating flash-in-the-pan pop phenomenons. Nonetheless, the raw talent that shone throughout Christina Aguilera saved the album from becoming too candy-coated.
Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Christina’s self-titled debut album, which was released on August 24, 1999, and gave rise to an international superstar — as well as the birth of Legendtina. (SAY!) More »
Sure, it’s not quite #TBT yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already fondly daydreaming about yesteryear.
With all the excitement surrounding the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards — with upcoming performances due from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj — we got to thinking about some of the best VMAs red carpet appearances from our pop tarts, past and present.
From Britney Spears to Hilary Duff to Ciara to Avril Lavigne, our favorite pop ladies rocked the red carpet in the fiercest fashions from over a decade ago. And the boys? Don’t worry — Jay-Z, ‘N Sync and Usher held it down too.
Check out the gallery up top of some of our favorite throwback looks from the VMAs. What are some of your fave looks? Let us know in the comments below. More »
chair-turner Christina Aguilera
and the singer’s fiance Matt Rutler welcomed their new daughter
on Saturday (August 16), at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Late Sunday night, Christina then tweeted the name of her baby girl: Summer Rain Rutler
Bionic icon Christina has a six-year-old son named Max Liron Bratman from her previous marriage to music executive Jordan Bratman. Aguilera and Bratman divorced in 2010. More »
has given birth to her second child. On August 16, she welcomed her daughter with fiance Matt Rutler
at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly
Aguilera and Rutler met in 2010 while shooting Burlesque; she was starring in the film alongside Cher, while he was working as a production assistant. The couple revealed their engagement on Valentine’s Day, then that they were expecting a week later. “So blissful in taking this time for creating all things blossoming new on the horizon…album, baby & beautiful music to come,” Aguilera said on Twitter. More »
and Rita Ora
set YouTube on fire yesterday (August 13) with their ferocious “Black Widow”
video. The X
co-directed visual is loosely based on Quintin Tarantino
‘s Kill Bill
films but one fan thought the “Fancy”
diva’s style (namely her multi-colored locks) served Christina Aguilera
circa “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”
realness. He posted a side-by-side
on Instagram to prove the point and was more than a little surprised when the Australian rapper replied. And corrected him.
“I see @xtina still inspiring the girls in 2014,” 106th captioned the image. “She’s amazing,” Iggy replied. “But it was actually bey in her bootylicious video with her hot pink dipped ends that I was feeling.” The straight-talking femcee is, of course, referring to Destiny’s Child‘s iconic 2000 chart-topper. While we’re on the topic of Beyonce, I’m pretty sure her 2005 Pepsi commercial with Jennifer Lopez also influenced the killer clip. (After all, they were based on the same source material). See the cute exchange after the jump. More »
:: Nominated by Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors, Justin Timberlake
along with The Tennessee Kids
take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and elect Jimmy Fallon
and The Roots
to be next in line. [Billboard
:: Heavily pregnant Christina Aguilera gives her unborn daughter a sneak peak at some of her new music. How much do you wish you were that baby right now? [Daily Mail]
:: 2 Chainz is being called “the baby whisperer” after his song “I’m Different” is the only thing that stopped a little girl from crying. [MTV]
:: Jessica Simpson threw sister Ashlee Simpson a “bohemian pool party” for her marriage to Evan Ross and also managed to show off her bangin’ bikini bod, yet again. [People]
:: After spending around $100,000 dollars on a scrapped album, Ryan Adams reveals that he is “too old to care” who likes his records. [NME]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below! More »
Has Christina Aguilera
ever looked more beautiful? The glowing mom-to-be recently posed nude for V
magazine (belated Stripped
promo?) — showing off her prodigious baby bump and even her fiance’s ass. But more about that later. It turns out, Xtina decided to undress as a way of empowering other women to feel confident about their bodies. Only a #legend.
“I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she said in a statement that could be mistaken for lyrics from “Lotus Intro”. The 33-year-old certainly shows no fear. She poses naked in one snap with only a well-placed hand for coverage and displays her breasts through a transparent dress in another. Oh, and her man Matt Rutler makes an unexpected cameo and flashes his butt. See their eye-popping family photos after the jump. More »
Here’s one for #FlashbackFriday! What would the “Single Ladies” choreography be without Beyoncé
‘s sassy hand wave? Or Madonna
‘s “Vogue” without actual voguing? Well, still amazing, probably…but not nearly as iconic!
Our favorite pop divas love to use their hands to express their emotions, which is why we’ve gathered up a whole bunch o’ videos to show off their handiest, gesture-filled video moves — from Christina Aguilera‘s diva hand flicks, to Britney Spears‘s “Slave” breakdown to Mariah Carey‘s fluttering and festive hand moments.
Check out the round-up of some of our favorite gestures from our favorite pop divas up top, and give us a hand by letting us know your favorite poses in the comments. More »
finished third on season six
of The Voice
but she was arguably the breakout star with high-profile support from industry heavyweights Justin Bieber
and Lil Wayne
. The talented 20-year-old was soon signed to Islands Records and wasted no time recording “Must Be Love” — the lead single from her as-yet-untitled sophomore set.
The celebrate the July 31 release of “Must Be Love”, the former YouTube sensation has put together a special Spotify playlist to put you in the mood for romance. Beyonce‘s “Love On Top” and James Blake‘s beautiful cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case Of You” are great picks, while Christina Aguilera appears twice (“Beautiful” and “Impossible”). Which is no surprise because Ms. Grimmie is a loud and proud Xtina fan. Listen to rising star’s playlist and check out a couple of snippets from her own single after the jump. More »
After featuring on a pair of massive hits (Icona Pop
‘s “I Love It”
and Iggy Azalea
‘s chart-topping “Fancy”
), Charli XCX
finally landed a smash of her own with The Fault In Our Stars
soundtrack cut “Boom Clap”
. The song has made her a hotter property than ever, which most artists would take as a sign to keep the hits for herself but she’s not about the fame.
“I’ve always done this my own way,” the Brit said in a recent interview. “I’ve passed up on many a thing that could have made me a big artist or something.” Here’s where it gets really interesting. “I was offered a feature on a Christina Aguilera song and I turned it down,” she said. “It just wasn’t right. She’s cool, but it just wasn’t right.” Charli needs to watch herself. The curse of Xtina is all too real. Just ask The Wanted and Lady Gaga, who beefed with the “Say Something” diva before their chart fortunes went south. More »