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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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    'The Voice' recap, Blind auditions continue
    Big news for NBC's "The Voice" -- executive producer Mark Burnett announced that both Usher and Shakira will be taking seats in the spinning chairs in Season 4, replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, as the latter record, tour and generally be...
  • 'America's Got Talent' recap: Spencer Horsman performs in quarterfinals, night 3

    'America's Got Talent' recap: Spencer Horsman performs in quarterfinals, night 3
    Baltimore's Spencer Horsman is one of 12 acts performing live tonight in the quarterfinals. After the show, America will vote and only four will advance to the next round.  Tonight's show starts off with The Untouchables, a Latin dance troupe of kids...
  • 'The Voice' recap: Make-or-break time

    'The Voice' recap: Make-or-break time
    Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” seemed to be make-or-break for many of the contestants, and with the semi-finals upon us, and just three episodes to go, the clear winners are finally breaking free from the pack. The rest? Well...
  • '80s and '90s throwback activities

    '80s and '90s throwback activities
    If the Backstreet Boys and new Kids on the Block concert has you wanting to relive the '80s and '90s, there's plenty of options available, including several dance parties, nostalgia acts and even laser tag. The Ottobar's upstairs floor has long been a...
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    On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Hey, big spender: Romney...
  • 'American Idol' recap: It's back, but is it better?

     
    All right. Here we are. American Idol is entering its 10th season, but now minus not one, but two of its original judges, the personalities who helped make the show. So what's it going to be like without Simon and......
  • 'American Idol' recap: Beatles night, and more cuts

     
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  • The naked truth about nude protests

    It's sad and pathetic that nowadays women often don't know how to get attention unless they take their clothes off. Singers like Britney Spears, Beyonce and Lady Gaga don't perform unless they are scantily clad or moving suggestively. And when it comes to...
  • Concert tours: Getting their act together

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    When Sade's first concert in a decade was announced last fall, she was billed as the sole headliner. Interest was expected to be high because the British R&B singer hadn't toured in years. But a couple of weeks after tickets had gone on sale for her show...
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  • Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more

    Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more
    Yes, there's actually stuff to do this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's our list of happenings for the week of 11/21-11/27. MOVIES OPENING (Wednesday) Arthur Christmas The Descendants Hugo The Muppets (Friday) My Week With Marilyn NOTABLE TV MONDAY...