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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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    Searching for Lily Collins? Beware of most dangerous cyber celeb
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  • Las Vegas: Britney Spears to take to the Planet Hollywood stage

    Las Vegas: Britney Spears to take to the Planet Hollywood stage
    Pop music icon Britney Spears will begin a two-year residency in Las Vegas in late December at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets will be available starting Friday. More than 1,300 fans gathered in the desert outside Las Vegas on Tuesday for...
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  • Time to clear your history: The 10 most dangerous celebrities to search online

    Time to clear your history: The 10 most dangerous celebrities to search online
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  • Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake to play Hollywood Boulevard

    Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake to play Hollywood Boulevard
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  • 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....
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    When M.I.A. flipped the bird during her Super Bowl performance last year alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, there was the typical water cooler outrage, which led the news cycle for a few days before some other pop star grabbed our attention. But the...
  • 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...
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    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...
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  • 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....