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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' 'Work B****' single cover art shows major cleavage, attitude

     
    Britney Spears revealed the single art for her upcoming single, "Work B****," on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 12). The photo shows off some major cleavage ... and attitude....
  • Dance Moms recap Season 3 finale: Punch, drunk!

     
    And noooow … the end is heeeeere… and so we faaaaace …the final curtain. And at least one reunion show. But right now, it’s Season 3 finale time, Dance Moms nation! We’re in the Big Easy for Nationals and Abby —...
  • PETA Slams Katy Perry Over 'Roar' Music Video

    Katy Perry's new single, "Roar," has been a major hit for the pop star but not everyone is happy with the song's jungle-themed music video. Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently slammed the use of animals in...
  • Britney Spears releases 'Work B****' early in light of online leak

     
    In light of Britney Spears' latest single, "Work B****," leaking online a day early, the singer and her camp decided to just release the final cut on Sunday (Sept. 15). Listen to the song here....
  • Britney Spears' 'Work B****' leaks online early - Listen to the song

     
    Britney Spears club-ready single, "Work B****," leaked online a day earlier than its intended release. Listen to the song now....
  • Listen to Britney Spears' new single 'Work Bitch'

    Listen to Britney Spears' new single 'Work Bitch'
    Britney Spears has some advice for the small army of female pop stars vying for domination this fall: "You better work, bitch." Those words of wisdom arrive in a new single the one-time teen-pop queen released Sunday, slightly ahead of schedule after...
  • '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....
  • TV This Week: Dec. 22 - 28: 'Mr Stink' on KOCE

    TV This Week: Dec. 22 - 28: 'Mr Stink' on KOCE
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 22 - 28, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     -------------------- SUNDAY It ain't live, but it does have real...
  • Britney Spears headed to Las Vegas for 2-year Planet Hollywood gig

    Britney Spears headed to Las Vegas for 2-year Planet Hollywood gig
    Britney Spears is Vegas-bound. Just days after releasing her new single "Work Bitch," the pop singer announced Tuesday morning that she's set to begin a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Spears, 31, revealed...
  • Pink Gets Praise at 'Thanks for Sharing' Premiere

    Red carpet chatter focused on Pink at the premiere of "Thanks for Sharing" on Sept. 16. Josh Gad and Tim Robbins were among the film's stars who praised Alecia Moore's (better known by her stage name Pink) acting debut during the film's preem at ArcLight...
  • Lily Collins, Miley Cyrus, Jon Hamm are 'dangerous' cyber celebrities

    Lily Collins, star of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" and daughter of singer/songwriter Phil Collins, has another credit to add to her list: "Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity." The actress replaced Emma Watson at the top of McAfee's annual ranking...
  • Philip Berg dead at 84; Kabbalah Centre founder

    Philip Berg dead at 84; Kabbalah Centre founder
    Rabbi Philip Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Centre, which attracted celebrity followers and controversy with its New Age and financially lucrative presentation of ancient Jewish mysticism, has died.  The Los Angeles-based spiritual organization...