Christina Aguilar (in thai คริสติน่า อากีล่าร์)
|Birth name||Christina Aguilar|
|Also known as||Tina|
October 31, 1966 |
Christina Aguilar (born October 31, 1966) is a Thai singer. With her debut album "Ninja", Aguilar was the first female artist in Thailand to sell over a million copies. Following it with several albums, Thais named her as the Thai "Dancing Queen". She is considered a "gay idol" of the Thai gay community. Christina is often mistaken for American pop star Christina Aguilera.
1966-1990: First Step
Christina Aguilar is the daughter of Spanish-Filipino musician Tony Aguilar and Margaret, his French wife. Christina was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Aguilar has two siblings, Anthony and Theresa.
"Tina", as her fans like to call her, studied at the French Institute. She then pursued business management studies in France. She does not have Thai blood, but sometimes is mistaken for Thai because of her fair skin and ability to speak fluent Thai. In addition to Thai, Aguilar speaks French, English, and some Spanish. Aguilar first became known for her singing abilities while in France. During the college's annual party, Aguilar was asked by her friends to perform on stage. She chose to sing "Sweet Memory."
Her father was one of her most important music influences, and she and her family would often sing together.
Aguilar loves dogs and used to dream of becoming a veterinarian. In college, she wanted to be a successful businesswoman. But most of all she always wanted to sing. As soon as she finished school, she was recruited by a French advertising agency. Tina worked as an assistant account executive. She gained much experience in communicating with people. She then came back to Thailand and worked briefly with a travel agency. The turning point in her career was when she met "Rewat Bhuddhinan",then chief producer for Grammy entertainment, who enticed her into the music industry.
1990-1994: Early Success and Career Development
Aguilar first appeared on radio in 1990. The debut single with the same album title Ninja became a big hit among Thai listeners. The song has a fun sound with an up-tempo beat, novel at that time. Following the release of some other pop dance singles, including one of her iconic songs Plik Lock and another hit Prawatsart, and some ballads, including Hua Jai Kor Ma and Plao Rok Na, the album was successful. Aguilar broke records by being the first female artist who had a million-seller album.
Arwut Lab (Secret Weapons) was released in 1992. Jing Mai Klua, the debut single, made her well-known overseas. The video won MTV Asian Viewers Choice Award in Los Angeles, USA. It was the second music video by a Thai artist to win this award after Thongchai McIntyre. The album was also well received in Japan. The album has several hit singles, including two all-time hit ballads Wela Mai Chuai Arai and Mai Yak Ja Cheua Lei. Similar to the first album, Arwut Lab (Secret Weapons) was also very successful and has sold close to a million copies.
1994-1999: Became the Top
In 1994, Aguilar released her third album "Red Beat". With a faster beat and a modern and sexy appearance, it became her most successful album to date, containing two of her most successful singles. One is the dance single Mai Yag Rok and the other is a love ballad single Rak Thur Thee Sood. This album has sold over three million copies, being one of the biggest-selling albums in Thai music history. This was the second time that an Aguilar album been sold more than one million copies. Thais also know her as one of the very successful Thai music artists of all time due to this album.
A year later, she was one of five guests of Thailand's most successful singer, Thongchai McIntyre, in the album Khon Nok Gub Dok Mai (Feather and Flowers). She sang with Thongchai in Atsanee - Wasan' s Rak Thur Samur. In the same year, with five popular Thai artists at that time, Jetrin Wattanasin, Patipan Pataweekarn, Tata Young, UHT, and Myria Benedetti, she was included on the album 6-2-12. Both albums sold a million copies, adding to her popularity.
Golden Eye was released three years later. She came back with developed image, grown up and mature. She co-wrote a song named Tai Pa Hom Oun for this album. The album created several hits such as Ya Mong Trong Nan, Fak Kwam Yin Dee, Mai Tong Khob Jai, Tai Pa Hom Oun and a gay anthem Pood Eek Thee. Moreover, Golden Eye contains Thai-French lyrics (in the song Bai Mai (Leaf)) written by Aguilar. The album was still popular although it was less successful than her previous albums, but sold a million copies. Aguilar is the first artist in Thailand who has three solo albums selling one million copies
1999-Present: Beat Slowed Down
In 1999, Aguilar was back with a teen image, younger and more colourful. Her 5th album, 5th Avenue, contains many beautiful songs, including one big hit single Oon Jai. However, due to fierce competition in the Thai music industry at the time, 5th Avenue became her least successful album. It has sold only half-million copies.
In the same year, Aguilar released her first English album. The album features Sarah Jane Fearnley (also known as Fearn), an English singer who sang backup for Spice Girls and on the soundtrack of the movie Evita. This album consists of re-arranged songs in English. However, it was not as successful overseas as her second album.
Her sixth album "Dancing Queen" was released in 2001 with a moderate reception. Dancing Queen represented her sexiness as a queen of dance music. It was her first and only album that led with the ballad, Kid Pid Kid Mai, a contrast with the album concept. However, Kid Pid Kid Mai has topped several radio charts before the following two dance songs were released. The album was pirated  causing it to be her smallest-selling album, having sold only one-third of a million copies. In 2003, Christina released "Paradise" as her seventh album. The album was not popular as a result of faulty promotion, according to her fans. Only three singles, Sawan Yoo Thee Jai, Hong Derm, and Yak Fung Kum Nun Talod Pai, were promoted. The album has sold 400,000 copies.
In 2006, Christina released her new single Koh Khoom Laew on the radio in August, followed by the new album "C.Space" on June 5, 2007. This album again lacked promotion. Only two music videos were broadcast: "An Everlasting Love" and "Wang Meed Dai Rue Yung".
In late of 2008, Christina has a special project album "Mai - Tina: Beauty on the Beat", collaborating with one of the most successful Thai female artists and her former rival(from a rumour news), Mai Charoenpura. Around March 2009,"BURN" first single from this special album released. On 6 June 2009 The Beauty on the Beat concert had performed. Finally this Album released on 26 November 2009.
In 2010, Christina performed with various artists (for example Tata Young, Mai Charoenpura, Marsha, Jetrin Wattanasin, Dan etc.) on a special project "THIS IS IT, THE CONCERT", a tribute to Michael Jackson, king of pop, who died on 25 June 2009. This concert was performed on 21–22 February 2010 at Impact Arena.
Christina Aguilar had her 20th year career anniversary on 21 December 2010.
In 2011, Christina held 20th year anniversary concerts on 4–5 June 2011 at Royal Paragon Halls.
- 1990: Ninja
- 1992: Arwut Lub (Secret Weapons)
- 1994: Red Beat
- 1997: Golden Eye
- 1999: 5th Avenue
- 2001: Dancing Queen
- 2003: Paradise
- 2007: C.Space
Compilation, Remix and Covered Albums
- 1991: Mai & Christina: The Greatest Hits
- 1994: 2 Emotions: The Greatest Hits
- 1995: Christina Collection (Release in Japan: PCCY-00762)
- 1997: Christina Remix
- 1997: Global Nite Life
- 1998: Christina Big Hit Big Story (2 disc)
- 2000: GRAMMY Superstars Project: Christina (3 disc)
- 2001: THE BEST Selected MOVE & LOVE(2 disc)
- 2004: Real Christina
- 2006: Charming Christina
- 2006: Body Beat
- 2009: Mai & Christina: Beauty Up Beat & Soft Beat(2 disc)
- 1993: Son (10 years anniversary od GMM Gramy) (Co-recorded with other artists)
- 1995: Khon Nok Gub Dok Mai (Feather and Flowers) (Guest)
- 1995: 6-2-12 (Co-recorded with other artists)
- 1996: Prik Khee Noo Gub Moo Ham (Chilli and Ham) Soundtrack (Soundtrack album)
- 1999: X'TRACK Vol.3 (Soundtrack album)
- 2000: Christina & Fern (Special English Album)
- 2009: Mai & Tina Beauty on the beat (Special Album)
- Connell, John; Gibson, Chris (2003). Sound Tracks: Popular Music, Identity, and Place. Psychology Press. pp. 62–. ISBN 9780415170284. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- http://www.eotoday.com .
- www.christinaaguilar.com[dead link]
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