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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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  • Bruno Mars is Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year

    Billboard has crowned Bruno Mars as its Artist of the Year over many musicians who grabbed more headlines through the year such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. But in...
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    Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band, but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn...
  • Kanye West resumes Yeezus tour -- reschedules, cancels several dates

    Kanye West resumes Yeezus tour -- reschedules, cancels several dates
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    Celeb dish: Hot Doug's The Malin Akerman
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  • Chief Keef gets OK to go to rehab in California

    Chief Keef gets OK to go to rehab in California
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  • Taylor Swift tops 2013 'Celebs Gone Good' list

    Taylor Swift tops a ranking of young entertainers who used their celebrity in positive ways in 2013, according to the DoSomething.org's annual "Celebs Gone Good" list. In putting Swift atop its ranking for the second year in a row, DoSomething cited her...
  • Megyn Kelly: Soon to be killing Bill O'Reilly in Fox News ratings?

    Bill O'Reilly, you have a new contender for the cable-news throne: Megyn Kelly.  "The Kelly File" -- with former daytime host Kelly carving up the issues of the day -- delivered big returns for Fox News Channel in its second outing at 9 p.m. Tuesday,...
  • 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...
  • Jay Leno's top joke targets were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

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    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...
  • Film Review: 'Justin Bieber's Believe'

    It's every bit as enthusiastically admiring and image-enhancing as you'd expect a documentary co-produced by its title subject to be. Still, "Justin Bieber's Believe" is a slickly entertaining piece of work that will doubtless delight the young pop star's...
  • Britney Spears boutique opens in Las Vegas

    Britney Spears boutique opens in Las Vegas
    Britney Spears arrived in Las Vegas in early December to celebrate her two-year residency at Planet Hollywood, which begins on Friday. Now a Britney boutique is open in the strip's Miracle Mile Shops. [Racked Vegas] Lucky is starting 2014 with two...