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Britney Spears

Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Stea...
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Born Dec. 2, 1981 in tiny Kentwood, La., Britney Spears emerged as one of the defining artists of the teen-pop/bubblegum music craze of the 1990s. Before her explosion as a solo artist, Spears gained notoriety as a contestant on Star Search and cast member of The New Mickey Mouse Club, the kid-friendly variety show produced at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando.

Although early solo hits such as "Baby One More Time" and "Oops I Did It Again" exuded a playful innocence, the singer's image would become more sexual as her career progressed. Speculation about her virginity and relationship with boyfriend Justin Timberlake began to eclipse her music by the time of her 2001 album, Britney. Steamy songs such as "I'm a Slave 4 U," which she performed in a skimpy outfit with a snake wrapped around her neck on the MTV Video Music Awards, fueled such talk.

As an adult, Spears continued to be a magnet for the tabloids, embarking on a bizarre two-day marriage to childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander and later marrying backup dancer Kevin Federline. That relationship was chronicled in a reality show, Chaotic. She had two children with Federline, but divorced him in 2007.

Spears then descended into more unbalanced behavior, having her head shaved at a salon in Tarzana, Calif., enduring ugly custody battles and involuntary psychological treatment. She emerged, however, to make two albums, Blackout (2007) and Circus (2008).
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  • The VIP treatment at Britney Spears' Vegas show

    The VIP treatment at Britney Spears' Vegas show
    LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears was barely 10 feet away from me, dancing a sexy routine to "Freakshow." She catches my eye and summons me closer to the stage from my seat in the audience. And no, this wasn't a dream. It was at one of her recent shows...
  • Coachella 2014: Skrillex, Martin Garrix set for day parties

    Coachella 2014: Skrillex, Martin Garrix set for day parties
    After the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two weekends a couple of years ago, many bands capitalized on the gap days by playing extra shows around L.A. and Indio, Calif. Now, EDM promoters LED are getting some of the fest's marquee...
  • 'Lovable,' 'clumsy klutz' Jennifer Lawrence is FHM's sexiest woman

    Jennifer Lawrence has been named FHM's sexiest woman in the world for 2014. "The Hunger Games" star tops the British men's magazine 20th annual list, unseating last year's champ Mila Kunis and sending her down to the No. 6 spot. The reasons: JLaw's...
  • Galantis band mates have plenty to 'Smile' about

    Galantis band mates have plenty to 'Smile' about
    With its sleek synth riffs, propulsive machine beats and digitally processed vocal melodies, the Swedish duo Galantis fit right into the electronic dance music that largely defined last month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But anyone...
  • Coachella 2014: Essential tracks from Motorhead, Knife, Future Islands

    Coachella 2014: Essential tracks from Motorhead, Knife, Future Islands
    Looking to cram this weekend for the upcoming Coachella festival? The below records by artists playing at the annual festival, which begins April 11, are worthy of pre-festival focus: The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual” (Rabid Records)...
  • Review: Lady Gaga at BB&T Center in Sunrise

    Review: Lady Gaga at BB&T Center in Sunrise
    Facing a sea of fans bobbing in fishnet, flourescent wigs and glitter makeup, Lady Gaga kicked off her tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Sunday night.   The concert made up for two canceled South Florida shows in March. And, she did not disappoint....
  • Sean Combs returns to 'Puff Daddy' for new album

    Sean Combs returns to 'Puff Daddy' for new album
    Sean Combs has been called many things over the last 20 years of his career: Puff, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy or simply "the D, the I, the D, the D, the Y." Although he famously shed his “Puff Daddy” moniker back in 2001, he never really...
  • Oscars 2014: Lady Gaga steals the spotlight at Elton John's party

    Oscars 2014: Lady Gaga steals the spotlight at Elton John's party
    Elton John and David Furnish may have been the hosts, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation may have been the cause, but the talent that drew attention like moths to a flame was Lady Gaga, sweeping into Sunday's Elton John Oscars Viewing Party a few hours in...
  • Review: Miley Cyrus at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena

    Review: Miley Cyrus at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena
    If you also happened to be stuck behind the world’s most infuriating stretch-limo driver on the 395 exit to Biscayne before the Miley Cyrus show in Miami Saturday night, it was hard not to be enchanted by the nearby sight of the Adrienne Arsht...
  • Black Keys, Pixies announce new albums

    Black Keys, Pixies announce new albums
    Two beloved bands have each announced new albums. The Pixies said today that a new record, "Indie Cindy," would compile three recent EPs and singles into a single long-player. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Gil Norton, will be released...
  • 'Jem' creator sounds off about being shut out of film adaptation

    'Jem' creator sounds off about being shut out of film adaptation
    This post has been updated. See below for details. Last week, news that a live-action film version of "Jem and the Holograms" was in the works sent fans of the cartoon series and Hasbro’s line of dolls into an online frenzy. But one person not...
  • Bo Bice talks about joining Blood, Sweat & Tears, his career and 'American Idol'

     
    In July, Bo Bice, the runner-up on the fourth season of “American Idol,” got an unexpected phone call. It was from the legendary jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears, saying vocalist David Aldo had returned to his solo career and......