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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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  • Britney Spears debuts 'Work B****' music video - Watch the singer get fierce with whips

     
    Britney Spears debuted her "Work B****" music video during The CW's "iHeartRadioMusicFestival" on Tuesday (Oct. 1). Watch the hot video here....
  • Miley Cyrus: on the VMAs, Britney Spears, new LP and her film, 'Miley: The Movement'

     
    "Miley: The Movement" on MTV Wednesday (Oct. 2) reveals an intimate side of Miley Cyrus -- but only business intimate....
  • Elegant Vegas Bunker Is Home to Museum-Caliber Collection

    There it exists, in harmony with the desert landscape and yet distinct from it. John Nelson and Milo Miloscia's sleek and surprising home -- a modernist aberration in gate-guarded Ten Oaks, about five miles west of the Strip in Las Vegas -- looms like...
  • Las Vegas Builds a Performing Arts Center That's Meant to Last

    Las Vegas might have reclaimed its reputation as the Sin City of old with such campaigns as "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." But to culturally minded locals, their hometown is more than just a neon temple to avarice and excess. There is a hunger...
  • Enough with marriage Hollywood style

    If I were king of the world, I would insist on a moratorium for Hollywood marriages: no talking about them until their 10th anniversary. No photos. No magazine covers. No gossip page items. No selling the video rights. Actors, rock stars, famous...
  • Dancing, then and now

    Like any kid who grew up in the '60s and '70s, I have an uneasy relationship with dancing. I try to explain this to teenagers in my life, but it falls on deaf ears or, more precisely, shaking heads, shimmying shoulders, gyrating hips and deaf ears. Kids...
  • Put the pedal to the metal this spring

    Put the pedal to the metal this spring
    Every year during awards season -- or as I call it, the holidays -- you can pick out at least a few trends from watching what the stars wear. One of those trends is always "hot mess." You can always count on a few celebs to roll in wearing dresses that...
  • Amanda Bynes mental health hold extended by 30 days

    Amanda Bynes' involuntary mental health hospitalization was extended Friday by a judge. The actress is being held at a Ventura psychiatric facility following her detention last month by Ventura County sheriff's deputies after she set a fire in a...
  • Philip Berg dies at 84; founder of Kabbalah Centre

    Philip Berg dies at 84; founder of Kabbalah Centre
    On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same. The...
  • Britney Spears 'Ooh La La' lyric video released - Watch here

     
    A lyric video for Britney Spears' single "Ooh La La" premiered online the day after she teased the new music video....
  • Homecoming queen candidate makes a statement just by running

    Homecoming queen candidate makes a statement just by running
    When the thought of running for homecoming queen first swept through Cassidy Campbell's mind last year, she pushed the impulse aside. It would just be a joke, she told herself. Now the high school senior sees it as a chance to make a statement....
  • Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake to play Hollywood Boulevard

    Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake to play Hollywood Boulevard
    When two of the world's biggest pop stars have new product to push, you can bet they'll find a big way to push it. That's what Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake are set to do next week with some help from Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host is...