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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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    Drake posts unreleased track 'Trophies'
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  • Mary J. Blige to anchor TV holiday special

    Mary J. Blige to anchor TV holiday special
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    Put the pedal to the metal this spring
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  • Drake kicks off a new year, new point of view on 'SNL'

    Drake kicks off a new year, new point of view on 'SNL'
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  • 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...
  • NASA families object to Beyonce's use of Challenger recordings

    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...
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    Celeb dish: Hot Doug's The Malin Akerman
    Not even a visit from Anna Kendrick last year could keep Hot Doug’s owner Doug Sohn from renaming the fire dog sausage he named after the “Up in the Air” actress. The Anna Kendrick is now the Malin Akerman -- inspired by the “...
  • Review: 'Blood Will Out' by Walter Kirn

    In 1998, the writer Walter Kirn agreed to drive a crippled dog from Montana to New York as a favor to a man he had never met. That seems like a strangely extravagant gesture of kindness until you learn the man's name, which vibrates now, as it must have...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Britney Spears' Las Vegas residency is a gamble

     Britney Spears' Las Vegas residency is a gamble
    Britney Spears helped usher dance music into the American pop mainstream with propulsive hit singles like "Toxic" and "Till the World Ends." So it's only fair that Las Vegas EDM culture is now returning the favor. Sin City's recent musical revamp...