Archive for March, 2004

"How Christina toppled Britney and found love"

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA has established herself as the real princess of pop.

For years she stood in the shadow of her former Mickey Mouse Club pal Britney Spears – widely regarded as Britney’s cheaper and paler imitation.

But Christina has proved she has the talent and brains to outshine not only Britney but just about every other star, too.

And all the while she has kept her feet firmly on the ground.

Her secret engagement to Jordan Bratman, a normal boy outside the showbiz circuit, is a sure sign that she is determined to remain as grounded as possible.

Christina, 23, has climbed to the top of the pop ladder and is now playing catch-up to Britney in both album sales and wealth.

Britney has amassed a £60million fortune – double Christina’s – and her sales outshine Christina’s 20million by more than 10million.

But critics say Christina is on the up, while Britney shows signs that she has already peaked.

Jonathan Shalit, the man behind Charlotte Church’s success, is convinced Christina is the new Madonna.

He said: “Christina is possibly the most exciting female artist out there. She has concentrated on her career and made herself a global superstar.

“Boyfriends and drugs could have got in the way but she didn’t let that happen.

“I have seen her work schedules and they are gruelling. She’s at it 14 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Her voice is like a gymnast, jumping all over the place with an amazing range.

“Nobody in her generation can compete – certainly not Britney.”

In a flurry of boozy benders and a sham marriage, Britney appears to have been gobbled up by the fantasy world of fame.

Meanwhile, Christina has kept it real. She owns a £3million Hollywood home – but chooses to share it with her mum.

She takes seriously her responsibilities as a stepsister to little brother Casey, prefering to spend weekends with him and Jordan, leaving her rivals to hang out in A-list haunts.

Christina often seems older than her 23 years – many of her chosen friends are twice her age, among them style queen Donatella Versace.

Agreeing to wed Jordan signals the end of a traumatic battle against childhood demons which left Christina convinced she would never find love.

But out of the spotlight she is still tormented by memories of a brutal past in New York.

As she grew up she regularly witnessed her Ecuadorian father Fausto beat up her Irish mum Shelly – an experience Christina admits has left her emotionally scarred.

During the beatings Christina would sing loudly in her bedroom to drown out her mother’s screams.

Fausto also hit Christina – once belting her lip so hard it scarred her for life.

The childhood trauma was blamed for her breakdown less than two years ago.

She said recently: “It was not just the physical abuse I feared but the mental abuse. It’s a very sad thing to go through as a child.

“It created a defence mechanism in me. I never took love all that seriously.

“I wanted to play the tough role. I was like, ‘No guy’s ever going to break my heart. I’ll never be helpless to a guy,’ to the point where I didn’t even get what love was about.

“I’ve learned to try to break down some of my walls that I have up. When success first hit, my father tried to get back into my life.

“But I’m a smart, no-bulls*** girl. I can smell it a mile away and if you haven’t been in my life before then I’m not going to be too keen on letting you in now.

“Even so, there is always room for forgiveness and I do forgive my father for the past. But I learned a lot from what I witnessed and it was rough.

“On the positive side I thank God for the times I’ve been hurt, because it forces you to fight your way out of a rough situation.

“I have definitely come out a stronger and wiser person from it. You need those hard times in your life to better yourself as a person.”

In the four years since her first album, Christina has gone from squeaky-clean teen to a daring diva who revels in shock tactics and raunch.

Her first taste of fame came when she was recruited to American TV’s long-running Mickey Mouse Club in 1994.

Wearing mouse ears and a toothy grin, she danced alongside Britney and Justin Timberlake.

In 1999 she had her breakthrough hit, Genie In A Bottle, though Britney’s Hit Me Baby overshadowed her debut.

Three years later her goody-two-shoes image was thrown out of the window when she posed naked on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine – later to be copied by Britney.

Record company BMG marketed her as a trashy version of Britney, and it soon paid dividends – in 2000 she won a Grammy award for Best New Artist.

In 2002 she made a lasting impression with millions of men when she wore a bikini and chaps for her Dirrty video.

Then there was that infamous snog with Madonna at the MTV awards in New York last summer.

But it was at last November’s MTV Europe awards in Edinburgh that Christina stole the pop crown from Britney once and for all.

She hosted the bash in a frenzy of 16 costume changes and an X-rated performance – while keeping her cool and ensuring the show ran smoothly.

Her shock tactics have been criticised as trashy and cheap – but Christina does not care.

She said: “If people want to call me a slut and insult me, let them. If being a slut makes me a strong woman, then let it be.

“If you have a dream, totally go for it, never give up. When I was little, I watched Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston on TV and cried because I wanted it so much.”

There is no doubt Christina’s dream has come true.

Source: The Sun

OMG, This article is total crap, it doesn’t make sense..Britney WILL last longer than Christina. Britney had a hard life too, aren’t they forgetting that? Why do they side with Xtina just because she decides to get married..its so annoying! And how can they say Britney is a “cheap imitation” when Britney was known BEFORE christina, and if anything, I would say it was XTINA that has copied Britney!

Britney's Ex Husband Tries to Sue Britney For Tour Earnings

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Star magazine reports Britney Spears’ 55-hour hubby Jason Alexander is trying to squeeze as much money as possible from the singer even after he agreed to sign annulment papers. An insider claimed, “He’s trying to sue her for some profits from the [Onyx Hotel] tour.” The source says that though the pair “were trying to be friends”, Jason has suddenly gone on the offensive. “He’s really trying to stick it to her in terms of lawyers and money. It’s been truly awful that he’s now doing this,” a source close to Britney revealed.

Source: Popdirt.com

Official Rescheduled Tour Dates

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Britney Spears will resume her “Onyx Hotel Tour” tonight [23-03-04] at The Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. Last week she was forced to postpone 2 shows scheduled for Chicago and Detroit as a result of a knee injury she sustained while performing in Moline.

The postponed dates are rescheduled as follows:

Chicago, IL Allstate Arena new date: April 13
Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills new date: April 14

All tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new dates or refundable at the point of purchase.

Source: Britney Spears.com

JC Chasez to Open For Britney In Europe?

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Reports are saying that JC Chasez will be one of Britney’s opening acts in Europe for the Onyx Hotel Tour. The *NSync star will sing some of his solo material before Britney comes on stage.

He will be doing other small events of his own while in Europe too, but the main reason he is coming is to open for Britney.

Vote For Britney In The 2004 TRL Awards

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Remember last years awards? I can’t believe its been over a year already! Last February, Britney won ‘TRL’s First Lady’ Award at the TRL Awards 2003. On April 13th 2004 this year’s awards will air on MTV. Britney is once again up for the First Lady award, but this year she’s up for the “Gridlock Award” and the “Rock the Mic Award”. We have to vote and make Britney win all 3 awards she’s nominated for!

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Receive Text Messages From Britney..

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“Now I can keep in touch with you by text messaging each week about things that are happening during my Onyx Hotel Tour!”

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Source: Britney Mobile Live.com

Note: It is only US and Canadian citizens who can sign up now, European users will be able to sign up for this soon, but for now just check out the official site (link above)

George Michael Dissaproves of Britney and Madonna VMA Stunt

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British pop legend George Michael has rebuked Madonna of staging her famous onstage kiss with Britney Spears, to sell more copies of her album.
The bizzare episode, when the pop diva smooched with Britney and Christina Aguilera, stunned fans at the MTV music awards, last year.

And George is convinced it was just a callous attempt to gain publicity and raise the profile of her American Life LP.

The cynical star says, “I have great respect for Madonna but I was a bit horrified about that MTV thing.”

He further added “What was she doing snogging someone half her age with tits a foot higher than hers? You are Madonna, you don’t need to do this stuff.”

“It really smacked to me of ‘Oh dear, my album isn’t selling’, so within six weeks of them working that out, you see her on stage with Missy Eliot and Christina Aguilera and Britney,” George Michael was quoted as saying by ratethemusic.com

The irate star further expressed his disappointment and said “I just thought she didn’t need to do that. I don’t actually think it’s a bad album.It’s ambitious lyrically for her and I quite like it as a producer.”

Source: Web India

Pierce Brosnan Doesn't Want Britney To Be the Next Bond Girl

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If Britney Spears is to be a Bond girl, it’s news to James Bond.

Pierce Brosnan said he knows nothing about Spears being a Bond girl, in spite of rumors to that effect.

Brosnan said, “Bless her cotton socks and good luck to her.” He said he’d like Keira Knightley or Monica Bellucci to be in a Bond movie.

Meanwhile, the 21st James Bond movie is supposed to be in theaters November of next year. But, Brosnan said the producers are having a hard time of it.

He said, “There’s a certain sense of paralysis that has kind of blanketed production at the moment. The last Bond broke all records. They don’t know what to do.”

Add to that the fact that the matriarch of the Bond empire recently passed away.

Brosnan calls the death of Dana Broccoli “a terrible loss.”

But, when things do get moving and the 21st Bond movie is ready to be filmed, Pierce Brosnan will be there. He said he’s done his four Bond movies. And, they know where to find him, “if they want to set sail with a fifth.”

Source: NBC

Detroit Show Cancelled Too

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It has been confirmed by Jive Records that Britney has postponed tonight’s show in Denver until further notice. This is the 2nd show Britney has had to cancel due to hurting her knee, which is thought to be the same knee that she had surgery on during the ‘Sometimes’ videos shoot. If this is true, it could take a lot longer for her knee to heal.

Britney cancelled her show Friday night in Chicago due to the accident which happened during her ‘I’ve got that boom boom’ performance thursday night in Moline, IL.

The question is how long it will take for Britney’s leg to repair. She may continue with the tour tomorrow night, but again, we’ll just have to wait and see.