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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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  • 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'...
  • Britney Spears' wardrobe malfunction. Hillary Clinton's new bangs.

    Britney Spears' wardrobe malfunction. Hillary Clinton's new bangs.
    Britney Spears kept right on singing and dancing through a wardrobe malfunction during one of the early performances of her Las Vegas residency, which began Dec. 27. The back of her costume popped open but was repaired by backup dancers without Spears'...
  • Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'

    Listen: Pixies offer more cowbell in grungy 'Blue Eyed Hexe'
    The Pixies are back -- again. After touring its classic material for several years as a kind of hipster oldies act, the hugely influential alt-rock band finally put out some new music last September in the form of the four-song "EP-1." The only...
  • Jennifer Hudson's assistant flips out over lavish Christmas gift

    Jennifer Hudson's assistant flips out over lavish Christmas gift
    Who knows if he's hard to buy for, but Jennifer Hudson knew exactly what to get her friend and assistant Walter Williams for Christmas this year: a house. Williams' reaction to the gift, which she delivered to him in the form of some paperwork, is...
  • Britney Spears keeps on dancing through wardrobe malfunction

    Britney Spears keeps on dancing through wardrobe malfunction
    Let's hope what happened to Britney Spears on the second night of her Las Vegas residency doesn't become part of the show: Girlfriend had a major wardrobe malfunction! Spears kept right on dancing (we're hesitant to say "singing") as the entire back...
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
    Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week: 1.SMOKEY ROBINSON There’s a fair argument to be made that Smokey Robinson is the greatest R&B/pop singer of all time. Robinson, 73, as a member of Motown greats The Miracles......
  • DJ Pauly D from 'Jersey Shore': Will New Years Eve at Sands Bethlehem Event Center be hot? 'Yeahhhh, Buddy!'

     
    Now a year past the series finale of MTV’s cultural phenomenon reality series “Jersey Shore,” is it any wonder that Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio stands as the housemate with the brightest prospect for a future in show...
  • Britney Spears says abs are real, not airbrushed on

      Britney Spears says her abs are real and the product of hours spent with a personal trainer plus major yoga sessions. The singer told Shape magazine she works hard for her figure after speculation that the midriff she shows off in costumes in her...
  • 'Frozen' soundtrack tops Billboard 200 album chart

    'Frozen' soundtrack tops Billboard 200 album chart
    Score another one for Old Man Winter. A day after the so-called polar vortex plunged much of the country into an ice-encrusted deep freeze, Billboard announced that the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" is at No. 1 on its new album chart. The disc,...
  • After months of struggles, Venice video start-up Viddy sold

    After months of struggles, Venice video start-up Viddy sold
    Viddy, once a rising star in L.A.'s tech scene, has been sold. The mobile video start-up, which late last year changed its name to Supernova, announced Wednesday afternoon that it had been acquired by Fullscreen Inc., a new media company in Culver City....
  • Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students

    Moby chats with Los Angeles Academy of Music students
    For a man who’s sold some 20 million records, collaborated with the likes of Michael Jackson, Bono, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Daft Punk and Britney Spears and revolutionized electronic dance music, Moby admits he “doesn’t have a lot to...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Forget You

    'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Forget You
    Halfway through Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” and we’ve got our first shocker. After a feel-good night of dances commemorating the remaining couples’ most memorable Years, it seemed especially harsh to send a couple home....