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Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (/ˌmɪliˈɑːn/), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Maryland, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam at the age of 19. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles “AM to PM” and “When You Look at Me”; “AM to PM” charted within the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and both peaked in the top three on the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, Milian released her second studio album It’s About Time, which provided her first major U.S. hit, “Dip It Low”, which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard chart. “Whatever U Want” was released as the album’s second single. Both singles charted within the Top 10 of the UK chart.

In 2006, Milian released her third studio album So Amazin’. The album produced one single, “Say I”, which peaked in the Top 30 of the US Billboard chart. A month after the release of So Amazin’, Milian’s representative confirmed that she had left Island Records due to creative differences. Milian signed with Interscope Records in 2009. A single, ballad “Us Against the World”, was released in October 2008. In 2012, Milian signed to Young Money Entertainment, which will release her fourth studio album.

Milian originally wanted to be an actress. Her first lead role was in the 2003 film Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and she subsequently had lead roles in Be Cool and the 2006 horror film Pulse. Milian had a minor role in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and starred as the lead role in the straight-to-DVD film Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. Milian has also starred in the 2010 ABC Family Original Movie Christmas Cupid, alongside Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray.

From 2015 to 2016, she starred in the sitcom Grandfathered. In 2018 she was cast in The Oath as Christine Parks.

Career

2010–2014: Return to music, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars

Milian was scheduled to resume recording in July 2010 to complete the album; however, Milian opted to focus on her acting career. Despite the separation, Milian and The-Dream continued to “work together and write together”. At the 2010 Los Angeles Fashion Week, Milian performed “Zipper” and “Dip It Low”. Milian has worked on a fourth studio album since 2008, but its release has frequently been delayed. At the 2010 American Music Awards, she said it would be ready in 2011. In June 2011, her collaboration with The Jackie Boyz titled Memory was released in Japan. It is set to appear on their album Songs In My Blackberry.

NBC announced on October 27 that Milian would serve as the official Social Media Correspondent for The Voice. The role, previously held by Alison Haislip, saw Milian make regular appearances during the live broadcasts. She will also interact with fans through Facebook, Twitter, NBC.com and NBC Live. She has since left the show.

On February 12, 2012, Lil’ Wayne said that Christina Milian had joined Young Money, and will release her fourth album through Young Money Entertainment. The next day, a song titled “Mr. Valentine” leaked onto the internet. Milian told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio. “Yeah, I’ve signed with Young Money. 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!'” Milian is currently recording her fourth album. “We’re just getting started on it,” she said. “I’ve already halfway gotten there and when my mom and I went to Wayne and we played him some of the music, off the second song, he was like, ‘I love it. Let’s do this deal.’ I have some music that’s already going to be on it and the second half I’m working with them now. When they did a little background check, they saw even the songwriting, all that kind of stuff adds on top of, alright, she’s an actress, she’s a pretty face, she can actually sing, but not to mention she’s a songwriter. I thought that was cool that they even saw that. They all get on each other’s records, so all I have to do is be home with everybody and we’ll just do lots of features.”

In October 2012 during an interview, Milian spoke of her Young Money debut: “Wayne just gets his artists, which is great, I have a very one-on-one business relationship with everybody from Mack Maine to Wayne. They’re just very involved in the project as far as bringing the music, playing songs, just giving their input. I really want to pick the perfect single though. 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.'” In July 2013, it was discovered that her contract with The Voice would be ended.

In the summer, she collaborated with the Stafford Brothers and Lil’ Wayne on the single “Hello” which reached the Top15 on the Billboard Dance charts. In September 2013, Milian became a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (season 17). She was partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. She was eliminated in the fifth week, finishing in the ninth place. In July 2014, she announced she’d started work on a mixtape titled #TinaTurnUp. In November 2014, she collaborated with Lil’ Wayne on his single “Start a Fire” which they performed on the American Music Awards.

2015-present: “#TinaTurnUp, new ventures, beignets, and a music refocus

On January 18, 2015, Milian debuted her reality show Christina Milian Turned Up. The series follows the day-to-day lives of Christina, her mother Carmen and her two sisters, Danielle and Liz Milian. It was renewed for a second season in April, which premiered in November 2015. In March, she released a pair of singles (which were previewed in her reality series), with “Rebel” and “We Ain’t Worried”, of which the latter was used to promote her “We Are Pop Culture” clothing line. In July, she announced she was going to release a 5-track EP and video set, and was working with director Mike Ho. Also that month, she performed the National Anthem at the 2015 Americafest and premiered a new single “Like Me” featuring Snoop Dogg. A few months later, she released another single “Do It” with Lil’ Wayne and changed the EP’s title to Like Me. Her EP “4U” was released on December 4, 2015 which includes four tracks and music videos packaged in one.

In 2016, she collaborated with So Solid Crew’s MC Harvey on the dance track “We Own the Night” which premiered on August 12, 2016.

In June 2017, she appeared as a judge/panelist on the Fox television show, Superhuman. Superhuman features contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell, sight and more are challenged to push their extraordinary skills to win a $50,000 grand prize.

Starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix romantic comedy Falling Inn Love (2019), costarring Adam Demos. Falling Inn Love was the first Netflix movie to be shot entirely in New Zealand.

Entrepreneurship

Milian also co-owns Viva Diva Wines with her mother and manager Carmen Milian, as well as her publicist Robyn Santiago. She has travelled across North America promoting the venture. In October 2018 Milian turned her promotional efforts to the Canadian hubs of Calgary and Edmonton.

Milian also co-owns a beignet food truck called Beignet Box.

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