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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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    Beyonce's single "XO" begins with a warning. Former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt is sampled saying "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction." It's taken from audio recordings of the...
  • Chicago media members name their least favorite celeb interviews of 2013

    Chicago media members name their least favorite celeb interviews of 2013
    There are few things more important to me than credibility. So when Pete Wentz told me Fall Out Boy wasn’t getting back together, only for Fall Out Boy to announce it was reuniting the same day my story ran in the Tribune and RedEye, I was furious....
  • Drake posts unreleased track 'Trophies'

    Drake posts unreleased track 'Trophies'
    It's hardly the most high-profile surprise holiday-season release from a major hip-hop and R&B star, but now we have a new Drake track to send us off into the new year. The singer/MC posted his previously teased cut "Trophies" (posted below, with a...
  • Why isn't Britney Spears' latest album a hit?

    When Britney Spears releases an album, it's an event powered by dizzying promo plugs and more hype than even Gaga's been able to muster. All this usually means a debut at the top of the Billboard 200 and impressive sales stats to tack onto the already...
  • Put the pedal to the metal this spring

    Put the pedal to the metal this spring
    Every year during awards season -- or as I call it, the holidays -- you can pick out at least a few trends from watching what the stars wear. One of those trends is always "hot mess." You can always count on a few celebs to roll in wearing dresses that...
  • Beyonce clips in iTunes 'visual album' hint at bundled future

    Beyonce clips in iTunes 'visual album' hint at bundled future
    When Beyonce surprised the populace overnight by releasing her self-titled new record exclusively through iTunes, she did so with typical grandiosity. The biggest pop star in the world didn't just flip the switch to sell digital versions of her songs. ...
  • The sound of Beyonce's surprise album? Ka-ching!

    Beyonce’s surprise album drop constitutes an early holiday gift to fans, but it also figures to bolster her own bank account considerably, enough that it may combine with her other business ventures to deliver her most lucrative year yet, Forbes...
  • Listen to R. Kelly's new single 'Genius'

    Listen to R. Kelly's new single 'Genius'
    R. Kelly flexed his relatively tough side a couple of months ago with "My Story," the lead single from his upcoming album "Black Panties," which is due to be released Nov. 11. The R&B maestro goes much softer, though, in "Genius," another new track...
  • Britney Spears' 'autobiographical' album on auto-pilot

     Britney Spears' 'autobiographical' album on auto-pilot
    Like Wile E. Coyote realizing too late that he's walked off a cliff and is standing on thin air, "Britney Jean," the new studio album from Britney Spears, is marked with so many sleights of hand, dubious lyrics and bombastic but boringly simple melodies...
  • 'Britney Jean' shows a more vulnerable Britney Spears

    'Britney Jean' shows a more vulnerable Britney Spears
    Since mid-summer Britney Spears has been making a bold promise. Her new album, she said, would be her "most personal yet." Well, then, Spears has opened a window into her soul a week earlier than expected, as "Britney Jean" is now available for...
  • Jay Leno's top joke targets were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

    Jay Leno's top joke targets were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson
    Jay Leno steps down from his role as host of "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, a position he has held almost continuously since 1992. He has more than 4,600 shows under his belt -- that's a lot of monologue jokes. Bill Clinton was one of the biggest...
  • Review: Britney Spears offers just a 'Piece of Me' in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS -- The show is called “Piece of Me,” and that’s exactly what it delivers -- no more, no less. Clad in a version of the bedazzled bodysuit she wore a decade ago in the video for her song “Toxic,” Britney Spears...