Christina Milian (born Christine Flores on September 26, 1981) is a two time Grammy Award-nominated American singer 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.
Date of Birth: September 26, 1981
Birthplace: New Jersey USA
Milian was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Afro-Cuban immigrant parents, Carmen and Don, and has two younger sisters, Danielle and Elizabeth. Her family moved to Waldorf, Maryland soon after her birth and she set her heart on an entertainment career at the age of four. Milian did commercials (Wendy’s, Honeycombs) and played the lead role in the musical Annie before moving to Los Angeles, California at 13 to pursue an acting career; Her father didn’t move with the rest her family and divorced her mother soon after. Her mother is now her manager.
Milian’s 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, Get Real, and The Amanda Show.
In 2002, Milian was appointed to host of the television show Wannabes 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 2005, she had roles in the films Man of the House opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Be Cool with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
It’s About Time (2004) In 2000, Milian performed vocals on Ja Rule’s song Between Me and You from his album Rule. The song became a hit building her reputation as a singer. 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.
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.
So Amazin (2006) In 2003, Milian recorded songs for her first U.S. album, It’s About Time, which is a reference to how long it had 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 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. Controversy occurred when Milian changed her look when the album was released. Many people saw it as her trying to look more like BeyoncÃ© Knowles who had a similar look. All of this has been looked at as a coincedence by Milian.
Her third album So Amazin’ is scheduled for a May release. The entire production was done by Cool & Dre, with additional help from Rich Harrison. The record’s first single Say I has been released in March as a single and video; it features Young Jeezy. The single currently is on his latest mixtape, “Can’t Ban the Snowman, and is having success within the mixtape scene causing many DJ’s to place it on their compilations too (“Southern Smoke”). Two confirmed tracks,Gonna Tell Everybody and Who’s Gonna Ride featuring Three 6 Mafiaand Lil Wayne will appear on her third album So Amazin’. According to MTV, Christina recored a track dissing her ex-boyfriend. It was due to the reason they broke up. Nick says even though the track was recorded, he still considers being her friend.