Christina Aguilera: I'm Not Just Another Britney

Sure she's an emerging teen pop star who came out of the "Mickey Mouse Club" farm system, but 18-year-old Christina Aguilera says that comparisons between her and Britney Spears are completely off base.

No, really.

The daughter of a military man, Aguilera has a logged a lot of miles before scoring with her current hit, "Genie In A Bottle." After living in Japan, Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Aguilera was living in Florida and landed a spot on "The New Mickey Mouse Club" at the age of 12. The gig put her next to a young Britney Spears, a place where she still finds herself years after leaving the show.

"I've actually been compared recently to singers that I look up to, like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, so that has been really amazing," Christina recently told the MTV Radio Network. "But then on the younger side, you do get, 'Oh well, Britney Spears,' because I think they want

to compare us because we both come out of the 'Mickey Mouse Club'... I don't know, but really me and Britney are two completely different artists." [RealAudio]

Of course, she's flattered by the comparisons regardless, and says that she and her fellow Mickey Mouse Club alumni (including Britney) do still keep in touch.

Aguilera will try to build on the "Total Request Live" success she's found with "Genie In A Bottle" when her album hits stores on August 10.