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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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  • Kanye West resumes Yeezus tour -- reschedules, cancels several dates

    Kanye West resumes Yeezus tour -- reschedules, cancels several dates
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  • Chief Keef gets OK to go to rehab in California

    Chief Keef gets OK to go to rehab in California
    Chicago rapper Chief Keef got permission from a Cook County judge Friday to enter a private drug treatment facility out of state after the rapper tested positive for marijuana, officials said.   Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was in court again at...
  • 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,...
  • Lady Gaga to host 'Artpop' release at Berlin's Berghain nightclub

    Lady Gaga to host 'Artpop' release at Berlin's Berghain nightclub
    It's no surprise that Lady Gaga would take a shine to Berlin's storied Berghain nightclub. The place combines pretty much of all of her interests - dark dance music, public sexuality, elaborate fashion and a veneer of inscrutability. It's widely...
  • 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...
  • One Direction will spend global '1D Day' with fans on Nov. 23

    One Direction will spend global '1D Day' with fans on Nov. 23
    Want to spend seven hours with One Direction? That opportunity comes Nov. 23, just days ahead of the release of the boy band’s third album, “Midnight Memories,” by way of a live stream during which fans will have the chance to interact...
  • Happy birthday Britney Spears: Her 10 most memorable moments

     
    It's Britney Spears' birthday and to celebrate Zap2it has compiled 10 of her most memorable moments, spanning her entire career. Did your favorite make the list?...
  • 'Scandal' and Britney Spears: The hidden connections

     
    At first glance, there wouldn't seem to be much linking ABC's "Scandal" and Britney Spears to one another, but upon further inspection, she's almost an honorary Gladiator. No, we're not kidding....
  • Berlin's Paul Kalkbrenner makes serious, populist techno

    Berlin's Paul Kalkbrenner makes serious, populist techno
    At Coachella this year, the dance tents had a new and welcome committment to the underground. Sure, the visuals were ravishing and the headliners people-pleasing, but it was clear that something new and stranger was in the sweaty Sahara air. Maybe no...
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    A day after stealthily dropping her latest album, Beyoncé has risen to the top spot on iTunes in the U.S. -- and pretty much everywhere else. As much of the country was tucking into bed Thursday night, the singer suddenly announced that her new album...
  • Wale threatens Complex magazine after omission from year-end list

    Wale threatens Complex magazine after omission from year-end list
    Note to music journalists crafting their year-end lists: Omitting Wale has dire consequences. As most publications are rolling out lists of their top albums of the year – Pop & Hiss’ year-end review is right around the corner – Complex...
  • Spiritualized to perform the first show at L.A.'s new Ace Hotel

    Spiritualized to perform the first show at L.A.'s new Ace Hotel
    Downtown L.A.'s new Ace Hotel is set to open Jan. 6, and they're preparing to celebrate with a mighty, beautiful noise. The experimental British group Spiritualized will convene a full orchestra, choir and band to re-create its landmark 1997 album...