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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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  • Does the Music Industry Hate My 5-Year-Old?

    When my 5-year-old son graduated from preschool a few months ago, each of the parents received a laminated sheet recounting the highlights of their child's tenure there. That's how I learned of the time my kid entertained the class with an impromptu...
  • 'The Real' hosts say Britney Spears 'can't hold a conversation,' conservatorship is 'karma'

     
    Former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon does not mince words when it comes to fellow pop singer Britney Spears. And her "The Real" co-host, comedian Loni Love takes it to another level....
  • Amanda Bynes using drugs, has spent $1.2 million, parents say

    Amanda Bynes using drugs, has spent $1.2 million, parents say
    Amanda Bynes has been using drugs, is consumed by paranoia and has spent $1.2 million in just a few months, the actress' parents said in court papers filed this week to take over their daughter's legal affairs.  Bynes' parents said they were "deeply...
  • Britney Spears risks wardrobe malfunction as she whips people on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man'

     
    To promote her new album, "Britney Jean," artist Britney Spears recently appeared on British talk show "Alan Carr: Chatty Man." And Carr decided that Britney needed to whip some of his employees into shape -- literally....
  • Britney Spears recites 'Thriller' opening in BBC's 'It's Britney Witch' skit

     
    Britney Spears sure knows how to get into the spirit of Halloween. She teamed with BBC's Nick Grimshaw to give the most adorable take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in a sketch called "It's Britney Witch."...
  • Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

    Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
    Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen....
  • 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...
  • 'I Am Britney Jean' flops: 10 things with more viewers than Britney Spears documentary

     
    It turns out not too many people wanted a piece of "I Am Britney Jean." Here are 10 things that managed to perform better in the ratings than the E! documentary...
  • Pussy Riot members to shift from music to human rights activism

    Pussy Riot members to shift from music to human rights activism
    After its "punk prayer" protest against Vladimir Putin in 2012, Pussy Riot was the most dangerous band in the world. The collective mixed performance art, feminism, radical politics and humor, and two of its members were banished to a Siberian gulag for...
  • School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis dies at 35

    School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis dies at 35
    Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist and producer behind the dream-pop band School of Seven Bells, died Sunday night in New York after a yearlong battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, reports the Dallas Observer. He was 35. Curtis was raised in Dallas,...
  • Best of the Web: Music video’s wild ride

     
    Music video’s wild ride...
  • Listen: Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera team for 'Do What U Want'

    "[P]ink champagne, gold lame, hair, and fearlessness." That's how Lady Gaga described the new version of "Do What U Want" that she linked to Tuesday on Twitter, and she's right at the very least about the hair. Though "Do What U Want" appears on Gaga'...