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By Matt Vensel | February 9, 2011
Christina Aguilera might not be looking for redemption after she botched the National Anthem on Super Bowl Sunday. But if she is, she should consider giving it another try here in Baltimore. Hear us out, Christina. The Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor-league affiliate of the Mets, have offered Aguilera an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at one of their games this summer, but the Grammy Award winning singer deserves better than that. That's where Baltimore comes in. Christina, we know you " got caught up in the moment " as you said Monday, and that you're capable of getting this right.
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By Tionah Lee and For the Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
Monday night's season opener brought the return of the shows four original coaches. Fresh off an Emmy win, Season 1's winner Adam Levine, three-time "The Voice" champion Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera were ready to pick lucky contestants to join their teams in night one of the blind audition round. Before kicking off the competition the coaches performed the Joan Jett classic “I Love Rock & Roll” showing off their teamwork before it became every man (or woman) for themselves.
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By Sara Toth | September 13, 2012
The biggest thing to hit NBC's "The Voice" tonight was Baltimore's Nelly's Echo, a Nigerian refugee who wowed the judges with his rendition of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine," and who found a place on Christina Aguilera's team. Nelly's Echo -- the band and stage name of Nigerian native Nelson Emokpae --prompted both Christina and Adam Levine to spin their chairs with his oh-so-groovy take on the soulful classic, and undoubtedly won the audience's heart with his story. "We left Nigeria because of the political unrest," Nelson, 32, told host Carson Daly before performing.
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By Sara Toth | November 9, 2012
Remember all that voting you did this week? I'm not talking about the election; I'm talking about “The Voice.” Well, we got to see the results tonight, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you, America. A results show means a lot of filler, but I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here because I'm angry. The deal was this, America: You got to save two people on each team, while Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton got to save one. Team Adam Saved by America: Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith Saved by Adam: Melanie Martinez Eliminated: Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera In this case, it's Adam I'm mad at - you're good for now, America.
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By Knight Riddder / Tribune | June 5, 2003
Top Fives Top 40 Singles 1. Justin Timberlake, "Rock Your Body" 2. Evanescence, "Bring Me to Life" 3. R. Kelly, "Ignition" 4. Sean Paul, "Get Busy" 5. Christina Aguilera, "Fighter" Light Rock Singles 1. Santana featuring Michelle Branch, "The Game Of Love" 2. Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful" 3. Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away" 4. Phil Collins, "Can't Stop Loving You" 5. Celine Dion, "Have You Ever Been In Love" Rock singles 1. Audioslave, "Like...
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 4, 2007
It was one of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink shows. Christina Aguilera, the '90s teen-pop queen who in recent years has worked way too hard to prove how grown-up she is, brought her Back to Basics tour to Washington's Verizon Center on Monday night. And it was anything but basic. Much like her singing, the nearly two-hour show was sometimes thrilling, sometimes affecting but definitely over-stylized and, at times, downright exhausting. If you go Christina Aguilera performs at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | April 28, 2007
In the late '90s, during the boom of teen pop, Christina Aguilera was usually singled out by critics as the one with the potential to transcend the genre. Unlike her other picture-perfect bubblegum peers (namely Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore and especially Britney Spears), she possessed "real talent": a powerful, if slightly affected, singing style that evoked, at times, vintage Whitney Houston. In the eight years since the release of Aguilera's monstrous, self-titled debut, which sold 12 million copies and spawned the ubiquitous smashes "Genie in a Bottle" and "What a Girl Wants," the artist has become something of a pop chameleon.
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February 10, 2011
In response to Mary Lou Wickham's letter regarding Christina Aguilera's dreadful rendition of the National Anthem ( "Christina Aguilera: spreading the gospel of tacky ignorance," Feb. 8), I couldn't agree more! The Super Bowl was televised around the world, including to our troops in various locations who are always respectful of what it means to them and us. It was an embarrassment to hear her bastardize a song that should be sung as it was written! I noticed a number of the players being distracted, jumping up and down and not paying too much attention to someone who was more intent on glorifying herself.
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By Dana Kinker | November 29, 2007
Redman, known for blending reggae and funk with rap, performs at 8 p.m. at Sonar on Saturday. Redman is also known for his musical collaboration with Christina Aguilera on her hit song "Dirrty" as well as for his starring roles in such movies as How High. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $15. Call 410-327-8333 or go to sonarbaltimore.com.
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February 10, 2011
In light of Christina Aguilera's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner during the Super Bowl, may I suggest the governor invite her to perform where the poem was inspired — at Fort McHenry during the July 4th celebration (if she is available). Or even better, next year will mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 (even though the poem was written in 1814). The governor is looking for revenue. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Nancy Golub
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By Sara Toth | October 16, 2012
We're about half done with the battle rounds on NBC's "The Voice," and coaches have been making some tough decisions in whittling down their teams. But for every few cuts they make, an addition happens with a steal. Interesting thing to note: After tonight, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green have used up both their "steals" while Christina Aguilera has yet to use a single one. Watch out for Christina, I feel like wily-ness will soon follow with her. TEAM BLAKE Blake Shelton paired up mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo with Terisa Griffin on Gloria Estefan's "Conga," and I don't know about you, but I find great comfort knowing we live in a world in which Blake knows and enjoys the music of Gloria Estefan.
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By Sara Toth | October 10, 2012
Tuesday night on NBC's "The Voice," it was a battle between the singer who can dance and the dancer who can sing,  between twee and bombastic, and the time-saving glory of the montage and my poor memory of "who the hell are these people. " TEAM CEE LO Cee Lo Green took to the field first, pairing of dancer/singer/model/whatever Domo against foul-mouthed, bleeping wonder Cody Belew with Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone. " (All Hail the Queens.) Cee Lo put it best: Cody's a singer who can dance, and Domo's a dancer who can sing, and he wanted to see who had the whole package.
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By Sara Toth | October 2, 2012
It's the last night of blind auditions, and each coach only has two spots left on their teams. You ready? Because the best moment in NBC's "The Voice" history happened tonight. Nathalie Hernandez, 15, from Florida with Taylor Swift's "White Horse" Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton pushed their buttons within three notes of Nathalie's song, and Adam Levine soon followed. Adorable moment of the night: A simple smile and "thank you" when her song was finished. Not an iota of arrogance to this one, and I like it. Nathalie was splendid, but T. Swift isn't really my cup of tea -- still, she left quite an impression on the coaches, and she chose Christina.
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By Sara Toth | September 26, 2012
After tonight, we only have one night left of blind auditions left on NBC's "The Voice. " Can you believe it?! Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton have precious few spots left on their teams, and there's still so much talent to go around. Sylvia Yacoub, 19, of Michigan/Egypt, with Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)" Sylvia basically attacked this song, and handled it with power and mastery. She caught Christina's attention pretty quickly, and Cee Lo and Blake pushed their buttons soon after.
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September 25, 2012
Spots are getting scant on the teams of NBC's "The Voice" so the coaches are getting pickier and pickier (and sassier and sassier) and competition's getting fierce. But for the contestants, it's still all about singing and dreams. Michelle Brooks-Thompson, 28, from Massachusetts with "Proud Mary" by CCR A football-hopeful husband with dashed dreams created a kind of parallel for Michelle, and the last thing she wanted was for both of their dreams to be crushed. But Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green both turned their chairs before the tempo shift even kicked.
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By Sara Toth | September 13, 2012
The biggest thing to hit NBC's "The Voice" tonight was Baltimore's Nelly's Echo, a Nigerian refugee who wowed the judges with his rendition of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine," and who found a place on Christina Aguilera's team. Nelly's Echo -- the band and stage name of Nigerian native Nelson Emokpae --prompted both Christina and Adam Levine to spin their chairs with his oh-so-groovy take on the soulful classic, and undoubtedly won the audience's heart with his story. "We left Nigeria because of the political unrest," Nelson, 32, told host Carson Daly before performing.
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June 29, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland 2.Hips Don't Lie, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 3.Ain't No Other Man, Christina Aguilera 4.Crazy, Gnarls Barkley 5.Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts [Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.Under the Iron Sea, Keane 2.Loose (iTunes version), Nelly Furtado 3.St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley 4.Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks 5.How to Save a Life, The Fray [Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded videos 1.Ain't No Other Man, Christina Aguilera 2.Hips Don't Lie, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 3.Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, Dave Chappelle 4.Promiscuous , Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland 5.Buttons (Snoop version)
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By Rashod D. Ollison | August 14, 2003
It's the biggest hip-hop show this summer with artists who have been dominating urban airwaves all year. Rock the Mic Tour, which stops at 1st Mariner Arena tonight, features 50 Cent (Mr. It in hip-hop right now), Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and Fabolous. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50 and the heat is on at 6:30. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Radiohead / Merriweather Radiohead is one of the most exciting alternative rock outfits to emerge in the past 10 years with its eerie brand of grand rock and angst-ridden lyrics.
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By Sara Toth | September 11, 2012
By now, we all know the drill. Celebrity coaches Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine compile teams of singing wunderkinds (of all ages) to compete against one another, but the audition process is blind. Based on the first two seasons, it's a tried and true formula, and now, we begin the next season of talent-discovering, spinning-chair goodness. Again, this season is bigger -- 16 members instead of 12 (wasn't the original team size 8 members? When will this madness stop?
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By Sara Toth | April 18, 2012
If Monday's “The Voice” was a night of shock but little awe, Tuesday night was a night of crappy filler and little justification. After the merciless blow of instant eliminations, Christina Aguilera was called upon to defend herself for her cut of fan-favorite (and probable finalist) Jesse Campbell. She brushed it off, saying “I'm no stranger to controversy. I'm OK with that.” Are you? No one else is OK with it, Christina. No one. The coaches did hold all the power Monday, but Tuesday the audience had a bit more say, with their votes saving one person out of three remaining on Teams Blake and Christina, and the coaches saving one. (I think “The Voice” producers are making the rules up as they go; this is a decidedly different - and more prolonged - format than last year, and not even Wikipedia's charts and infographics are offering any clarification.)
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