One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold well over 25 million albums worldwide and cultivated a fan base that crosses generational, racial and gender lines. Now, segueing from the audacious sexuality of her second studio album, Stripped, the chameleon-like performer pays tribute to the music that has inspired her with her third studio album Back To Basics (RCA Records).
Back To Basics has made Aguilera the biggest-seller in the SoundScan era for a female artist, passing Streisand's 2-CD "The Concert" release in '94. Her debut single, "Ain't No Other Man," off her double platinum album, was a huge success, along with her second single "Hurt," while her third single "Candyman" continues to climb the charts.
Aguilera has garnered rave reviews for her current 41-city North American tour. The tour kicked off in Houston, Texas and has stopped in Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix, Vancouver, Las Vegas and New York among others. The "Back to Basics" 2007 North American Tour features a unique stage design that allows Christina's fans unprecedented access to the stage with unbelievable sight lines as well as three distinct stage scenes, illuminated by more than 600 moving lights, and a state-of-the-art hydraulic system. Aguilera has assembled an acclaimed production team for her concert tour featuring choreographer and director, Jamie King (Madonna, Janet Jackson, Prince) and Roberto Cavalli, who is the tour's exclusive costume designer. Working together, the team created a modern inventive vision fused with elements of retro glamour.
Today, while devoting the lion's share of her time to recording and touring, the 26-year-old is active in a range of philanthropy. A major contributor to the fight against AIDS, Aguilera has participated in the "What's Going On?" cover project for AIDS Project Los Angeles' Artists Against AIDS. In 2004 she became the new face for MAC cosmetic company and spokesperson for the MAC AIDS Fund. More recently she became involved in awareness campaigns with Youth AIDS and ALDO. She also sponsors and is actively involved in the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh for battered women and children.