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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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  • Five reasons to love Britney Spears' hot new video

    Five reasons to love Britney Spears' hot new video
    Before the turn of the millennium Britney Spears emerged as a sultry schoolgirl with pigtails and coquettish flair with her debut video, "… Baby One More Time." A teen pop queen was born. Fifteen years -- and plenty of reinventions -- have passed...
  • Naya Rivera of 'Glee' engaged to rapper Big Sean

    Naya Rivera is engaged to rapper Big Sean, the "Glee" actress revealed Thursday, flashing her new ring on the red carpet. Rivera, whose character Santana on the musical show has a new love interest in the form of guest star Demi Lovato's Dani, has...
  • Lauryn Hill released from prison, completes three-month sentence

    Lauryn Hill released from prison, completes three-month sentence
    Singer Lauryn Hill has been released from federal prison after serving a three-month sentence stemming from her tax evasion case. The ex-Fugees songstress, who earned critical acclaim with her 1998 solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was...
  • Annie Lennox criticizes 'Saturday Night Live' host Miley Cyrus' and Britney Spears' videos

     
    Annie Lennox has joined another singer, Sinead O'Connor, in criticizing the highly sexual videos recently released by Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears....
  • Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting

    In 2011, I sat down for a lengthy interview with Justin Timberlake, who told me that he was having the time of his life as a big screen star. Even though he'd experienced a few setbacks ("I bombed all my auditions," he confessed), he was in the middle...
  • Britney Spears hated the 'Breaking Bad' finale - How she wanted it to end

     
    Who knew Britney Spears was a "Breaking Bad" fan? Still, the singer took issue with the show's finale, because she didn't like one character's outcome....
  • '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....
  • Britney Spears was not a fan of 'Breaking Bad' finale

    Slow up there, "Breaking Bad" fans. Your post-finale warm and fuzzies have just come to an end, courtesy of Miss Britney Spears. It turns out, though Britney shared your seemingly limitless love for the meth-cooking adventures of Walter White, your...
  • 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...
  • 'Arrow' executive producer talks 'possibilities' of the Flash

    'Arrow' executive producer talks 'possibilities' of the Flash
    The CW's superhero series "Arrow" was one of the network's success stories from last season, and it returns for Season 2 on Wednesday night to a TV show landscape that's slowly filling with more comic book properties, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I....
  • Steve Clements, 'Kotter' Writer, 'Mickey Mouse Club' Producer, Dies at 68

    Steve Clements, a writer and executive producer for television with credits including "The All New Mickey Mouse Club," "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "Three's Company," died Oct. 2 in Atlanta of natural causes. He was 68. The New York native spent more...
  • Amanda Bynes: Odd dog-washing, and a possible conservatorship

    As more details emerged about Amanda Bynes' fiery Monday adventures — activities that saw her hospitalized on an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric hold — it was reported that her parents may be pursuing a conservatorship for their wayward...