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Christina Milian
Christina Milian

Christina Milian (born Christine Flores on September 26, 1981) is an Afro-Cuban American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. She has had four solo top ten singles (and also a top ten featuring credit single) in the UK as well as hits in the rest of Europe and the U.S. She has starred in the 2003 film Love Don't Cost a Thing opposite Nick Cannon and Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty.


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Early years

Christina was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to immigrant Cuban parents. Her family moved to Maryland soon after her birth, and Milian set her heart on an entertainment industry career at the age of four. At 13, she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in show business.

Her first significant role was as a reporter on the Disney Channel's Movie Surfers show in 1998 billed as Tina Flores. While in this role, she also appeared in minor roles in the movies A Bug's Life and American Pie and in guest appearances on the television series Charmed, Clueless, and Get Real.

In 2000, Milian performed vocals on Ja Rule's song "Between You And Me" from his album Rule 3:36. The song became a hit building her a reputation. She also co-wrote and provided extensive backing vocals for the track "Play" for Jennifer Lopez's 2001 album J. Lo which became another big hit, and co-wrote "Same Ol' Same Ol", the first single from girl group PYT's album Down With Me.

Career success

In 2001, Milian released her first solo single, "AM To PM", off her self-titled debut album. It became a worldwide hit reaching the top 5 in the UK and Denmark, top 10 in the Netherlands, and top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia. The success of "AM To PM" sparked the international release of the 'Christina Milian' album although not in the U.S. The second single "When You Look At Me" was another international hit reaching the top 5 in the UK, Netherlands, and Ireland and making the top 40 in Denmark, Australia, and France. She was also featured on the track "It's All Gravy", a duet with Romeo of the garage group So Solid Crew. It was another UK top ten hit single in 2002. She also wrote and sang the theme song for the Disney series Kim Possible, "Call Me Beep Me" later that year.

Also in 2002, Milian was appointed to host the Wannabes program on MTV. She met director Joseph Kahn on an episode of Wannabes who suggested she audition for a lead role in the film Torque opposite Ice Cube. Her audition was successful leading in turn to a lead role in Love Don't Cost a Thing in 2003. In 2004, she had roles in the films Man of the House opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Be Cool with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.

Image:Christinaandericwest.jpg During 2003, Christina Milian recorded songs for her first U.S. album, It's About Time, which is a reference to how long it has taken for one of her albums to be released in the U.S. The first single, "Dip It Low", was written by Polli Paul, who has also written songs for the Black Eyed Peas. The first single has reached #1 on a world composite dance chart (compiled on data from the U.S., UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Australia), #2 in the UK, #5 in the U.S., and the top 40 in Australia. The second single, "Whatever U Want", features Joe Budden and once again reached the top 10 in the UK as well as charting on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aug. 6, 2005 Christina co-hosted The Reign at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre in New York City with actor/singer Eric West, the event was designed by a group of inner-city children in 2003 to raise funding and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention education for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS, as well as working with the Fresh Air Fund to continue to help other inner-city children and family's. Both Milian and West were awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards for their humanitarian efforts.

Discography

Albums

Singles

Guest appearance:

  • 2000 "Between Me And You" (Ja Rule featuring Christina Milian) #11 US, #26 UK (2001 release)
  • 2001 "Call Me, Beep Me (The Kim Possible Song)" (Christina Milian featuring Christy Carlson Romano)
  • 2002 "I Heard Santa On The Radio" (Hilary Duff featuring Christina Milian)

From Christina Milian:

  • 2001 "AM To PM" #10 US, #3 UK (2002 release)
  • 2002 "When You Look At Me" #3 UK
  • 2002 "Get Away" (featuring Ja Rule)

Guest appearance:

  • 2002 "It's All Gravy" (Romeo featuring Christina Milian) #9 UK

From It's About Time:

  • 2004 "Dip It Low" #3 US (Gold), #2 UK
  • 2004 "Whatever U Want" (featuring Joe Budden) #30 US, #9 UK

Filmography

See also

External links

nl:Christina Milian

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