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Latinos come in all colors, all shades You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters We just vary in color, shapes and sizes. Milian was four years old when she showed an interest in show business,  and when her family realized that she was a talented actress, she became determined to pursue an entertainment career. They inspired her to have fun, and she convinced her parents that she "did not want to be inside the TV", although it took some time to convince them. Milian's mother noticed her daughter's potential and left her husband and moved to Los Angeles with her three daughters when Milian was 13 years old. Her father had to stay in Maryland and divorced her mother soon after the move. She always wanted to be in the record business, but did not know how to obtain a recording contract. During this time, she was a host for Disney Channel 's series Movie Surfers. After living in Los Angeles for six months, Milian moved into the same apartment complex as songwriter and producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Jerkins heard about Milian from a boy band he was working with and once he heard her sing, they began working together. For a year and a half, Milian went into a studio every day and worked with Jerkins, which is where she started meeting people in the record business. According to Milian, every time she recorded a song, the producer would refuse to give her the demo, or would write lyrics that she did not agree with. She felt that she had to write a song, record a demo, and send it out on her own. Christina Milian, record deal and minor acting[ edit ] Milian made her first professional musical appearance on rapper Ja Rule 's second studio album Rule 3: She travelled to Sweden and recorded her self-titled debut album. Her label opted to release it later that year, in the fourth quarter, but as Milian explained, new artists generally do not release their albums during that time. As a result, the album was again delayed until the first quarter of ;  however, Milian eventually opted not to release it. Imran Ahmed of the New Musical Express predicted that based on the record, "genius can't be more than a few albums away". She said that "AM to PM" was a "cool record," but it was not what the public expected. Milian approached the executives at her record company, Island Def Jam , and "cussed them all out", telling them that they were not listening to her. She felt that she had gained their respect by explaining that she was serious about her musical career. But now that people know me for my music, it's definitely worked out for my acting career. But, honestly, if I had to choose, it would probably be my music. I love the challenge of it. Kahn suggested she audition for a lead role in the film Torque. Her audition was successful and she played a minor role in the film. She was subsequently cast in her first lead role in Love Don't Cost a Thing. Milian said, "I've never been rewarded that way and never been acknowledged like that. That was really nice of them, and I was happy I was able to show up for the kids. And I'm excited about it 'cause it's a new me. I'm 22 now and there's been some maturity, and it's nice for people to see this change. She realized that the change confused the audience, and that "nobody was buying it". After the international release of her debut album, Milian went back into the recording studio. The singer felt that music trends had changed into rock music , hardcore hip hop and tribute songs , and her music did not fall into those categories. Milian decided to stop recording and toured overseas for a year and a half. When she returned to the US, she decided not to release her previous album domestically, and started working on a new album. She had to make her way back into the US market, and by choosing a sexier image, she made a name for herself. Taking inspiration from Janet Jackson who constantly changed her image, Milian thought to herself, "'When did I like Janet Jackson the most? Def Jam Vendetta , where she plays Angel, a mob boss ' girlfriend,  and as one of the female leads, Carmen Mendez, in the video game Need for Speed: The main purpose of her genre change was to go back to the streets and add to her core audience. Although Milian was originally supposed to work with several different music producers, she felt that the chemistry they had in the first week was so "instant and real" that she felt she could not get a better "vibe" with anybody else other than them. The singer believed it was a "budget cut", and that Island Def Jam Music Group wanted to spend more money on label mate Rihanna. She said, "it was embarrassing. It was a week after my album got put out. I would be in my room a lot of the time crying by myself. Milian said that they were still really close, and decided to break up because it was "hard to grow together when you live on two different coasts". The singer wanted to take more opportunities and learn more about herself, which she often let go when in a relationship, but felt that she was in a now-or-never situation. Milian described Lyon as an amazing guy, and said that although there was a chance for the couple in the future, she needed to focus on herself. It was written by Milian and produced by Madd Scientist. The single, described by Milian as a "cinematic power ballad", premiered via MySpace on October 6, , and was made available by digital download the next day. Fight to the Finish. When Milian returned to music, she concentrated on promoting her single "Us Against the World", and shot its music video. Since then, Milian said that she became "a little bit more meticulous with what I feel deserved to be on the album", and resumed recording. Da Maestro,  which led to her signing a deal with Radio Killa Records. Regarding the album's title change, Milian explained, "the definition of elope is to run away secretly with one's beloved. This next album is about taking responsibility for yourself and making your own decisions. She said that fans could expect an "edgy sound with lots of strong powerful anthems. Originally scheduled to be released in , Tricky Stewart explained the delay, saying "we just got our label deals done, so the reason why some of these projects got delayed had to do with technicalities and things of that nature". The album has been furthered delayed because of Milian's marriage to The-Dream and her pregnancy. Although the album had already been finished when Milian took a break for her pregnancy, she wanted to "go back and re-do some of the music and make some new songs and find my new inspiration". Return to music, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars[ edit ] Milian was scheduled to resume recording in July to complete the album;  however, Milian opted to focus on her acting career. The role, previously held by Alison Haislip , saw Milian make regular appearances during the live broadcasts. The next day, a song titled "Mr. Valentine" leaked onto the internet. It was pretty awesome. This weekend we had a big party, a big YMCMB party, and Drake was performing and we were all up on the stage and Wayne got up there and he announced it himself. And so I was kind of surprised and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is awesome! Let's do this deal. I thought that was cool that they even saw that. They're just very involved in the project as far as bringing the music, playing songs, just giving their input. It's been a second since I've been out musically, so I do not want to fail and I don't believe in failure, so I just try new things and figure out the pieces. That's one thing that's great about Wayne. He's like, 'Work with different producers, take your time, but at the same time, try new things. Don't be stuck on one thing. She was partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. This was because the elimination was based on the previous week's score 24 and viewer votes. In July , she announced she'd started work on a mixtape titled TinaTurnUp. It was renewed for a second season in April,  which premiered in November He stated that he had "nothing but love for her and her family", and that he "wish[ed] her the best and we're definitely looking forward to what she's got going on". The Daily Mail reported that "the pregnancy was a surprise, but they were getting married regardless". She loves Cuban food! My mom is very good at teaching her about our culture, whether it be the food or Spanish or explaining to her that she's Cuban. Christina Milian  In July , The-Dream announced that he and Milian had separated in late , only three months after their wedding in September of that year. Artistry[ edit ] Milian is a light-lyric soprano  who has not displayed her voice all the way in terms of upper register. She has only showcased a full voice vocal range from Eb3 to F5. Her vocal style has been compared to Paula Abdul. Milian described the sound of the album as "hip hop under-toned with nice, pop melodies",  and later said the genre of the album was "bubble-gum pop". The various pop and urban influences in that album, she found, confused the audience. For her next studio album, Milian said that she wanted a more consistent feel. Milian said, "the girls have everything it takes to be the biggest international pop duo out there. The world is definitely ready for these beautiful girls to hit the stage and kill it on screen. The album project was pushed back to an unknown release date.
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