With her new album, "Lotus," debuting at No. 7 on this week's Billboard 200 chart, Christina Aguilera has once again transmitted her bold pop stylings to a wide audience. It shouldn't be a surprise: the 31-year-old has been commanding the spotlight for nearly two decades, first as a Mouseketeer, then as a pop superstar, and now as a reliable voice in the world of film, television and music. Aguilera has said that "Lotus" is a rebirth, but rarely has a pop music career been so alive for so long.
In honor of Christina Aguilera's return to the spotlight and the arrival of "Lotus," check out the 10 moments that have thus far defined her career. Read all about the multifaceted achievements of the singing star, and tell us what you'll always remember about Xtina in the comments section below.
'Mickey Mouse Club' Welcomes a New Mouseketeer
Christina Aguilera enjoyed major performance opportunities when she was a tween, most notably on "Star Search," but joining the cast of "The Mickey Mouse Club" was her first major step toward stardom. After getting turned down due to age requirements in 1991, Aguilera joined the "Club" two years later as a precocious vocal talent, and co-starred alongside future superstars like Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and a little-known singer named Britney Spears. The "Club" was cancelled in 1994, but its legacy lives on -- not just via YouTube, but through the careers of its final cast.