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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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  • MTV Video Music Awards: 30 moments that make it a can't-miss event

    MTV Video Music Awards: 30 moments that make it a can't-miss event
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  • Insider Guide: How to Survive the VMAs

    The best way to describe the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards is by comparing the whole confab to a sandwich: Justin Timberlake is the high quality, freshly sliced deli meat that finds itself trapped between weird, confusing pieces of bread, wilted lettuce and...
  • 'The Onion' predicted Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance in 2008

    'The Onion' predicted Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance in 2008
    Miley Cyrus has been making headlines after her twerk-filled performance during the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, but could this be the beginning of the end for Miley? Satirical news site "The Onion" seems to think so. In fact, they called it...
  • Miley Cyrus' VMA performance: Media react in shock

    Miley Cyrus did her best to shock the audience of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, and according to most, she succeeded. Whether she was stripping to her underwear, grinding on a foam finger or twerking with giant teddy bears, Cyrus left...
  • Miley Cyrus MTV VMAs 'twerk' called 'raunchy', 'extreme'

    Miley Cyrus MTV VMAs 'twerk' called 'raunchy', 'extreme'
    Miley Cyrus is the talk of the Internet following the 20-year-old's performance on the MTV Video Music Awards. The Disney-star-turned-pop-sensation got up-close-and-personal with R&B singer Robin Thicke during a performance of "Blurred Lines".  In...
  • Miley Cyrus 'goin' to hell' for VMA raunch, says Sherri Shepherd

    Miley Cyrus 'goin' to hell' for VMA raunch, says Sherri Shepherd
    On Sunday, Miley Cyrus became the latest in a long line of young women to take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with the express purpose of stirring up controversy. And so far, the media have obediently complied, clutching their pearls en...
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    Confessions of a fantasy football addict
    My name is Soxman and I've been a Fantasy Footballaholic for seven years. I was given my first taste of this highly addictive nectar thanks to RedEye's first (and only) celebrity fantasy football contest. The addiction quickly spread, where I tried...
  • 'Austenland' features unlikely pair, unlikely film

    'Austenland' features unlikely pair, unlikely film
    It may not seem like your typical rom-com duo: Keri Russell, known as a clandestine Russian spy in FX's retro thriller “The Americans,” and Bret McKenzie of New Zealand's comic-music duo, “Flight of the Conchords.” Put them both in...
  • Review: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are their generation's legends

    Review: Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are their generation's legends
    Jay Z and Justin Timberlake dedicated their last song to Trayvon Martin at their packed concert Friday night at Sun Life Stadium. It was a cover of "Forever Young," a theme that applied to the two artists who have held a long career in the often ADD-...
  • Review: One Direction brings the party to Staples Center

    Review: One Direction brings the party to Staples Center
    When Niall Horan of One Direction revealed Wednesday night that he’d “[come] here to party,” it seemed reasonable at that point in the show to assume that “here” meant Staples Center. That’s where the British boy band...
  • Taylor Swift ties record for most sold-out shows at Staples Center

    Taylor Swift has brought her Red tour to Los Angeles, and beyond the fact that she’s returning to the city where she’s spent considerable quality time onstage, in the studio and just hanging out, Swift’s stint at Staples Center this week...
  • Britney Spears begins the countdown for 'All Eyes on Me'

    Britney Spears begins the countdown for 'All Eyes on Me'
    "Smurfs 2" was only the beginning. More new songs from Britney Spears are etching closer to becoming a reality, as on Tuesday the artist took some hype-building lessons from former beau Justin Timberlake and placed a countdown clock on her website to...