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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 in 'Perfume': Now the singer's working

    Britney Spears in 'Perfume': Now the singer's working
    Britney Spears is back -- perhaps for real this time. In September, the teen-pop veteran sassed her way though "Work Bitch" with enough zombie-eyed determination to get Pop & Hiss mildly enthused about her comeback album "Britney Jean," due Dec. 3....
  • 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...
  • Photographers chasing Kim Kardashian not charged under paparazzi law

    At least three photographers pursued Kim Kardashian at 80 to 85 mph on the 101 Freeway on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday, but their behavior “did not rise to the level of reckless driving needed for charges under the state&...
  • 'X Factor' Is a Hit Overseas -- Why Not in the U.S.?

    This morning, a press release sailed into journos' mailboxes with a subject line that read in all caps: "The X Factor Continues To Thrive Across The World" (caps left out of this article's text for purely aesthetic purposes). What the email subject...
  • Sands Bethlehem Event Center's New Years Eve party to have distinct 'Jersey Shore' flavor

     
    Sands Bethlehem Event Center’s second New Year’s Eve party will be a rocking party -- with a distinct Jersey Shore flavor to it. DJ Pauly D, who has parlayed his role as one of the housemates on MTV's reality show......
  • Karmin's 'Acapella' video: Is it the year's worst?

    Karmin's 'Acapella' video: Is it the year's worst?
    Here's a small but significant development for your Tuesday morning: Karmin's "Acapella" -- the amazingly irritating lead single from this electro-pop duo's upcoming album -- has somehow gotten worse. You remember Karmin, don't you? Two years ago, Amy...
  • Plan for 3-D 'Thriller' movie, Jackson TV show revealed in court

    The promoters of Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated comeback concerts were interested in pursuing a 3-D version of a “Thriller” movie and a TV special of one of his sold-out concerts at the O2 arena in London, an accountant testified...
  • Madonna -- still daring after all these years

    "MOST PEOPLE thought I was strange. I didn't have many friends. I might not have had any friends. But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren't popular, and you don't have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future. And...
  • ‘Dead Rising 3′ poster, plus Max Brooks, Xbox One and more zombies

     
    One of the most anticipated launch titles for the Xbox One, “Dead Rising 3″ brings a new level of sophistication […]...
  • Premiere: Emblem3's summer jam, 'I Love LA'

    Premiere: Emblem3's summer jam, 'I Love LA'
    Week after week last year, Emblem3 made teenage girls swoon with sunny cover songs on the second season of the Fox competition "The X Factor." A fusion of pop, ska and hip-hop — think Sublime, only with washboard abs and none of the grit —...
  • Amanda Bynes' parents reportedly discuss conservatorship

    Actress Amanda Bynes' parents are considering seeking a conservatorship similar to one obtained for singer Britney Spears, according to a source familiar with the "Hairspray" star's latest run-in with authorities. After being detained Monday by...