“Genie In The Bottle” carried out by “Christina Agee” doesn’t fairly have the identical ring as “Christina Aguilera,” however in keeping with the pop music celebrity, some music business execs floated the moniker when she was simply beginning out in her profession.
“I remember when I was first coming up, there was a big debate around me on changing my last name because all the businessmen around me thought it was too long, too complicated, and too ethnic,” the five-time Grammy winner, 39, informed Billboard in an interview printed Friday.
“‘Christina Agee’ was an choice, however that clearly wasn’t going to fly,” Aguilera mentioned.
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Aguilera mentioned she fought to maintain the namesake that she had carried by means of her profession as a younger Disney star and mentioned her heritage made her wish to stand by the name she was given at start.
“I was dead set against the idea and I wanted to represent who I really was,” she mentioned. “Being Latina, it is a part of my heritage and who I am. I’ve been fighting for my last name my whole life.”
Though the “Lady Marmalade” songstress has solely reduce one Spanish album in her profession, she’s remade lots of her hits with a Spanish aptitude — together with “Genie” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).”
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Nominated for 20 Grammys in her profession, Aguilera’s lone Spanish album “Mi Reflejo” was launched twenty years in the past in 2000, and in re-recording her home songs for worldwide listeners, Aguilera mentioned the chance introduced “new life” to the information and allowed her to “reinvent some things.”
“I was allowed to create and express new ad-libs and vocal runs that I wasn’t given the freedom to do on the original record,” she defined to the outlet. “Everything sounds better in Spanish. Let’s be honest.”
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Born to an Ecuadorian father and a mom who’s of European descent, the previous “Voice” coach has typically acquired grief for straddling the fence of her a number of heritages and never being Latina sufficient.
“I’ve dealt with that my whole life,” she informed Latina journal in 2012. “I don’t speak the language fluently. And I’m split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorian. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am.”
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She continued in defending her heritage: “All I know is no one can tell me I’m not a proud Latina woman … I dove headfirst into a Spanish-language album for that reason and I’m planning another one even though I don’t speak the language. I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with some people.”