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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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  • Jazz picks: Fred Hersch, Tigran Hamasyan lead a full weekend

    Jazz picks: Fred Hersch, Tigran Hamasyan lead a full weekend
    A look at upcoming shows to fill your music calendar this weekend:   Brian Haas and Scott Amendola: The founding member of the jazz-oriented jam band -- or perhaps jam-oriented jazz band? -- the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, keyboardist Brian Haas delved...
  • Blockbuster video stores: A fan reminisces

    Blockbuster video stores: A fan reminisces
    It's a Friday night, about 6 p.m., any year during the 1990s. "Mom!" I'd shout, racing to the door the instant she returned home from work. "We need to go to Blockbuster." Time was of the essence. If we arrived at the video store past 7, we'd have...
  • Las Vegas: Bigger Beacher's Madhouse debuts on New Year's Eve

    Clubby and crazed, Beacher’s Madhouse in Las Vegas is going big for the new year. One of the nation’s bawdiest floor shows opens up in expansive new digs at the MGM Grand on New Year’s Eve, featuring Oompa-Loompas circling the...
  • '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....
  • School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis dies at 35

    School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis dies at 35
    Benjamin Curtis, the guitarist and producer behind the dream-pop band School of Seven Bells, died Sunday night in New York after a yearlong battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, reports the Dallas Observer. He was 35. Curtis was raised in Dallas,...
  • Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?

    Hey Simon Cowell: With 'X Factor' ratings sliding, can you save it?
    Attention, Simon Cowell: You need to rethink the ratings factor for "The X Factor." Fox's singing contest reemerged Tuesday night with a serious baseball hangover, drooping to just 4.9 million total viewers with a two-hour special, according to Nielsen....
  • Britney Spears recites 'Thriller' opening in BBC's 'It's Britney Witch' skit

     
    Britney Spears sure knows how to get into the spirit of Halloween. She teamed with BBC's Nick Grimshaw to give the most adorable take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in a sketch called "It's Britney Witch."...
  • Britney Spears risks wardrobe malfunction as she whips people on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man'

     
    To promote her new album, "Britney Jean," artist Britney Spears recently appeared on British talk show "Alan Carr: Chatty Man." And Carr decided that Britney needed to whip some of his employees into shape -- literally....
  • Film Review: 'Justin Bieber's Believe'

    It's every bit as enthusiastically admiring and image-enhancing as you'd expect a documentary co-produced by its title subject to be. Still, "Justin Bieber's Believe" is a slickly entertaining piece of work that will doubtless delight the young pop star's...
  • 'I Am Britney Jean': E!'s bland Britney Spears film amounts to nothing more than a commercial

     
    Anyone who was hoping for a provocative look into the life of Britney Spears' world by watching "I Am Britney Jean" on Sunday (Dec. 22) likely walked away disappointed....
  • 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,...