Christina Aguilera, pop; Evanescence, Christianity; shyness

Ahhh … stupid … whatever thing that crashed. >_< Oh well. Too lazy/hungry to retype this all up nicely.

6/09: http://launch.yahoo.com/read/news.asp?contentID=213705

“I come from a huge teen-pop phenomenon, which I think at the time was in a really poor state,” she [Christina Aguilera] told TOTP magazine. “It wasn’t about lyrics that were real, it was about catchy pop tunes that were more fun than innovative and inspiring. It was hard ’cause so many people had views and ideas about who I should be and inside I was screaming, ‘I’m not really this person!'”

Christina told the magazine, “I can’t knock ‘Genie In A Bottle.’ It got my foot in the door. As much as I loved having fans for the first time who were singing my lyrics and being in magazines—I just blew up after a while. I was growing up and it all became superficial and a bore to me. I was getting up and doing things I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in or even see the point of. So with Stripped, I changed everything. Being innovative, inspiring others to be different, to be daring. That’s the kind of artist I want to be.”

In an interview with teenmusic.com, Charlotte Church spoke out against some of today’s pop princesses—including Christina Aguilera. Church, who is making her film debut later this month in I’ll Be There, is well known for speaking her mind. While Church wasn’t too hard on Britney Spears, simply saying she just wears too much make-up, she was far harsher on Christina Aguilera. Church said, “Christina cheapens herself to make everyone look at her and the first thing that comes to mind is ‘slag’.”

http://launch.yahoo.com/read/news.asp?contentID=213059

Amy Lee said in the interview, “There are people that are hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.” Lee adds, “I guarantee that if the Christian bookstore owners listened to some of those songs, they wouldn’t sell the CD.”

Lee’s band mate Ben Moody said in the interview, “I’m not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs, but I in no way incorporate them into this band. We’re actually high on the Christian charts, and I’m like, What the f——k are we even doing there?”

The label reportedly requested that Christian stores pull all of the band’s products by June 30.

Hah! I didn’t know their albums were in Christian stores! ^^;;; I also didn’t know 12 Stones had anything to do with Christianity. ^^’ Oh well.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030619/ap_on_sc/shy_kids

A tendency to be shy may be an inherited characteristic that is marked by a specific reaction in the brain to the presence of strangers or novel objects, a study suggests.

Although some children are shy and others are outgoing, he said, these traits can change with time and life experiences.

“People overcome their shyness,” Kagan said. “You can also acquire shyness.”

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