Christine Marié Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian (/ˌmɪliˈɑːn/), is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, but raised in Maryland, she signed a contract with Murder Inc. Records 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“; the former 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 FamilyOriginal Movie Christmas Cupid, alongside Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray.