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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 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...
  • Listen to Britney Spears' new single, 'Ooh La La'

    Listen to Britney Spears' new single, 'Ooh La La'
    Britney Spears debuted a new single Monday morning on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show, and though she's dropped the fake English accent she put to such good use in her and will.i.am's "Scream & Shout," the pop star definitely hasn't lost her taste...
  • Five notes on first night of Taylor Swift's 'Red' tour at Staples

    Five notes on first night of Taylor Swift's 'Red' tour at Staples
    Platinum-selling pop superstar Taylor Swift performed the first of four concerts at Staples Center on Monday night, but if you've got a young daughter you probably already knew that. The sold out gig was the 51st stop on her massive "Red" tour,  and by...
  • Looking Ahead: Macy Gray

    Looking Ahead: Macy Gray
    Macy Gray is celebrating her Grammy-winning debut by performing "On How Life Is" in its entirety for two shows at City Winery. Gray's raspy-jazzy vocals brought comparisons with Billie Holiday and Nina Simone when she emerged on the music scene in 1999,...
  • Amanda Bynes on psychiatric hold after allegedly setting small fire

    Amanda Bynes on psychiatric hold after allegedly setting small fire
    Amanda Bynes has been placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold after allegedly setting a small fire in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood. The onetime child star, who most recently appeared in "Hairspray" and "Easy A," was detained by Ventura County...
  • Review: Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' a rebel yell with a big bang

     Review: Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' a rebel yell with a big bang
    Miley Cyrus spent a good portion of her adolescence playing two people on a television show, so it makes sense that her new album has something like a split personality. "Bangerz" is the fourth studio disc by the former star of the Disney Channel's...
  • 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...
  • IHeartRadio 2013: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus close the show

    IHeartRadio 2013: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus close the show
    LAS VEGAS — Poor Zedd. When the German EDM whiz was booked to play the second night of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival, he probably figured he'd burn the house down with "Clarity," the million-selling single that's found serious traction...
  • Benoit & Sergio make 'Adjustments' to dance music culture

    Benoit & Sergio make 'Adjustments' to dance music culture
    It’s not often today that a rising DJ team argues that it should get out of its own spotlight. But that’s precisely what the D.C. dance duo of Benoit & Sergio do on their loungey new single, “Adjustments.” Atop some melancholy,...
  • Rihanna launches makeup collection. Britney wears designer duds.

    Rihanna launches makeup collection. Britney wears designer duds.
    Rihanna's new RiRi for MAC makeup collection rolled out at MAC stores and online on Thursday. At the time, she was performing in Sydney, Australia. [Los Angeles Times] In her new "Work Bitch" video, Britney Spears wears (mostly skimpy) outfits including...
  • Sinead O'Connor's hopeless advice for Miley Cyrus

    God bless Sinead O’Connor, the prickly Irish rock singer who once ripped a photograph of the pope on live TV to protest the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal, for trying to school Miley Cyrus on the pitfalls of female sexual...
  • You Can Get Into Dwyane Wade's Pants

    You Can Get Into Dwyane Wade's Pants
    This is the one time we're pretty sure Dwyane Wade's girlfriend Gabrielle Union won't mind...so for a price, you can get into Dwyane Wade's pants. The Miami Heat big baller is one of 14 celebrities to have signed and donated a pair of his jeans for an...