For a short while in 2002 it seemed like Christina Aguilera was the new princess of pop, who has triumphed over Britney Spears when it came to popularity. People thought Britney was over, they doubted that her comeback would be a success, Christina was the one who people talked about, she was the Queen of tours with her Justified Stripped tour, but when November 2003 came, Britney came and stole all that away from Christina in a blink of an eye. ‘Me Against the Music’ had topped 13 countries around the world, went top 5 in over 30 countries around the world and #1 in the world chart, her second single ‘Toxic’ was a massive success, going #1 in over 30 countries and #1 in the world chart.
Her latest single ‘Everytime’ may be going #1 in the UK, which gives her her 2nd #1 single in a row, from In The Zone and it is at #21 in the USA, which is good for a Britney ballad, and this shows that she is not over. Her album has received good reviews from the likes of respectable critics Hopkinson who said that her album was an impressive album, and Jane Stevenson. You see, whether you like it or not, I think it is fair to say that Britney Spears is already a future legend. When she first came into our lives she made such a huge impact on the music industry, her album ‘Baby One More Time’ broke the world record for ( and I quote from the Guinness world records), ” Best selling album by a teenage solo artist… Baby One More Time by Britney Spears had passes the 12 million sales mark in the USA alone by Feb 2000. It was also a top seller in many other countries”. Okay, I know some of you may be sitting there thinking that I am living on past glories, but I don’t have to. Britney Spears Onyx Hotel tour is the #3 biggest selling tour of 2004 ( Madonna #1 Shania Twain #2), her tour beat LEGENDS like Prince who is at #4 with his tour and Cher who is at #5. Speaking of tours lets not forget Christina’s flop summer tour….Her current album ‘In The Zone’ is already a big seller, selling almost 6 million copies world wide and almost 3 million copies in the USA…………… ALL IN 7 MONTHS! Britney Spears new album has already sold OVER half of what Christina’s album ‘Stripped’ has sold in UNDER half the amount of time ‘Stripped’ has been released. Oh and lets not forget now who is the Queen of Merchandise, who has sold $30 million worth of merchandise, for those who have forgotten, one name, Britney. Christina is now trying to get in on the game with her ‘Christina Aguilera Crayons’, well Christina, sorry to tell you this but Britney has already sucked that pool dry.
Christina is hardly even in the spotlight now, ever since Britney’s comeback. Even before Britney’s album was released she hit headlines around the world with the kiss which is now titled ‘The Britney and Madonna kiss’, and the funny thing is that Christina Aguilera was on stage with them and kissed Madonna too! But she got absolutely no recognition for it and had to go crying to Blender magazine, because that is the only way she could only ever get attention now, to mention Britney ( of course now Avril has realized that too).
Britney Spears is still a phenomenon after 5 years, she is a cult legend, and she is the future legends of stars today. Even when she stepped out to buy some coffee that made front page of the Sunday newspaper in the UK like ‘The Sun’ and ‘News of the World’. Now can you say that that is the case with Christina Aguilera? Answer, no. Why? Because Britney Spears is not only more popular, but is also considered to be more interesting by the media. When you put her face on the cover of a magazine it sells 3 times more, but for Christina the only time she ever achieved something like that was to do tome topless shots for Maxim.
Even legends like Patti LaBelle are humming her songs, she is receiving praise from people like Little Richard, Gwen Stefani, Steve Tyler, Brad Pitt, Madonna and countless other celebrities.
And as far as sex appeal, Britney. Christina may have came #3 in Maxim, but for FHM which MORE people voted in than in Maxim ( over a million people), guess who came on top ( and not #3), BRITNEY. Even in the Sexiest women Of The Decade list Britney came #9 and Christina was ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LIST at #36. Even when Britney was on her 6 month break she still topped a lot of polls in men’s magazine.
Now let’s talk about talent. Yes, Christina can sing, but then again so can Mary Mary and Rick Waller so whoopdy dooooo. But not only can Britney sing ( yes, her voice isn’t strong, but is still beautiful) she can dance, and play the piano. I saw her on TV in 2000 and again in 2003 playing the piano and she was OKAY, but at least she can still play a musical instrument. So that is 3 points to Britney, and 1 to Christina.
Britney is the full package, looks, talent, popularity, astronomical album sales. Christina? Artificial beauty ( Now now, come on Christina fans, even you have to admit this one, she does wear rather a lot of make up and bronzer, more than any other female celebrities- Britney wears make up but not as much as Christina Maria Aguilera), can only sing ( but singing can have its certain problems like ‘vocal chord strains’!), popularity? Died down, astronomical album sales? First album sold 12 million copies, Stripped is at 10 million, 12 million + 10 million = 22 million album sales, Britney’s first album alone sold 21 million copies! And even if you times Christina’s album sales by two ( 44 million) this still would not equal Britney’s album sales…………………………..58 MILLION.
Christina may have the Grammys, but Britney is the one who has broken records ( all 4 albums go #1 in a row), and breaking records is going to be more memorable than Grammys ( not saying the Grammys are nothing though…) Oh and Britney also has the Emmy awards which she won in 2002 ( 2 Emmy awards is the amount of Emmy awards she won in 2002 to be precise).
Britney Spears is going to be remembered as much as Madonna, Elvis, Marilyn and other great legends out there. Christina? Even Hanson’s ‘Mmmbop’ would be more remembered than she would be….. ‘Stripped’ may have been a success for Christina, but that is as far as it would go, and her flop summer tour is the 1st sign that things won’t be looking to bright for Christina in the future. So bye bye Christina, close the door behind you.