The New Pop Princess is Lightning in a 'Bottle'

By Jessica Shaw
Updated December 24, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Lightning in a ‘Bottle’

With all the cutesy boy bands and underage vocal vixens cluttering the music scene, the urge to whack former Mouseketeers is understandable. But anyone who’s heard 19-year-old Christina Aguilera belt out the playful, sultry ”Genie in a Bottle” or ”What a Girl Wants” knows the girl’s got what we want: chops. If you buy the hype, she’s the real deal, the one midriff-baring adolescent with the pipes and versatility to survive the inevitable teen-pop crash. Well, we’re buying. ”It’s sort of my hook—the little girl with the big voice thing,” says the 5’2” Pennsylvanian, whose self-titled debut CD has gone triple platinum. ”When I open my mouth, people are still surprised by what comes out. But don’t underestimate—big things come in small packages.” Sing it, sister.