Christina Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Aguilera rose to prominence in the early 2000’s and has so far sold over 50 million records worldwide while winning at least 5 Grammy Awards. Her net worth is estimated at $160 million. Read on to discover how she rose to fame as well as other contributions to her wealth.
Christina Aguilera Net Worth: How She Began
Christina María Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980 in Staten Island, New York. Beginning from the age of 6, Christina was raised in a Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania, where her mom had moved after divorcing her allegedly abusive father. Christina soon developed a passion for music, taking after her mom, who was skilled at playing the piano and violin.
In elementary school, Aguilera’s amazing voice attracted much envy from school mates. Undeterred, she continued expressing her talents and soon won a talent competition at the age of 8, with a rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”.
“The little girl with the big voice” as she was so called continued to make waves. At the age of 9 she got into the nationally syndicated talent show “Star Search” and emerged second-place, rendering Etta James’s “A Sunday Kind of Love”. However, the bullying in school intensified forcing her to become home-schooled.
Her musical aspirations progressed in 1993 when she joined Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” which also featured fellow aspiring musicians like Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears.
Christina’s next big step came in 1998 when she was selected to sing “Reflection” the soundtrack to animated movie “Mulan”. This came after she submitted her cover of Whitney’s “I Look To You” to Walt Disney.
Christina Aguilera Net Worth: Music Success
“Reflection” peaked in the charts and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original song, attracting worldwide recognition and of course plenty of cash for the young starlet. The success of the soundtrack led to the signing of her first recording deal with RCA Records.
Christina was immediately successful in her professional career. Her debut single “Genie in a Bottle” was a massive hit, selling over 1.4 million copies and topping the Hot 100 charts. Chart topping singles like “What a Girl Wants” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” soon followed. Her debut eponymous album released in 1998 topped the Billboard 200 and sold over 8 million in the US and 17 million copies worldwide, thus launching her into the millionaire’s club.
Thanks to the massive success of the album, Christina won her first Grammy for Best New Artist.
Her subsequent works in 2000 included Latin studio album “Mi Reflejo” which was highly successful among the Latin populace receiving 6 X platinum certification and holiday album “My Kind of Christmas” which sold over 1 million copies in the US.
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As common with former Disney child stars, Christina made a bold transition into adulthood with highly sexual themed singles like “Dirrty” and “Beautiful” which were highly successful. Though her new provocative image which included tattoos and piercings was met with mixed reviews, it didn’t prevent the success of the succeeding album. “Stripped” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and sold 330,000 copies in week 1. The album has sold over 4.3 million copies in the US and 13 million copies worldwide.
Christina also began earning big bucks from touring. Alongside Timberlake, she co-headlined the “Justified and Stripped Tour” which grossed over $30.2 million. Next up was her own solo tour “The Stripped Tour”.
To support her fifth studio album which peaked atop the Billboard charts, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide, Christina headlined the worldwide “Back To Basics Tour” which grossed over $48.2 million from 81 stops to become the highest grossing female tour of 2007. In the same year, Forbes estimated her net worth at $60 million.
The success of Christina’s latest musical endeavors pales compared to her earlier works. However, she continues to feature with other top acts. She was featured on the Maroon 5 hit single “Moves Like Jagger” which has sold over 7 million copies.
Christina Aguilera Net Worth: Hollywood, Endorsements And Others
Music and touring may be the primary sources of Christina’s net worth, however, the pop star has enjoyed commercial success in other fields including Hollywood. Her role in 2010 film Burlesque which grossed over $120 million worldwide was highly praised.
Her celebrity status have also landed her a plethora of endorsement and licensing deals. She has signed endorsement pacts with the likes of MAC Cosmetics, Versace, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Sears, Sony Ericsson and more. She was paid approximately $300,000 by London’s Harrods to open a summer sale in 2014.
She also owns a clothing and fragrance line with the later enjoying more success especially in the UK where is frequently ranks among the country’s best-sellers.
One of Christina’s most successful gig outside music is her role as one of the judges on NBC music game show “The Voice” which began in April 2011. She has served as a judge on the show for 3 consecutive and 3 non-consecutive seasons Her highest salary for the role was $15 million.
Christina has two kids. In 2008, she was paid $1.5 million by People Magazine for the first photos of her first baby, Max.
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