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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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  • Kimberly McBroom's Blog

    Kimberly McBroom's Blog
    Tuesday, May 28 Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!  Of course, having yesterday off makes today feel like a Monday...  We had perfect weather for all of the Memorial Day remembrance events. It's so important to take a moment and honor those who...
  • Five surprises from Pitbull and Kesha at the Hollywood Bowl

    Five surprises from Pitbull and Kesha at the Hollywood Bowl
    Tuesday night's Pitbull and Kesha double-bill at the Hollywood Bowl was one of the oddest pop shows of the year. Two distinct crowds, two different ways of tackling danceable pop, and a venue built for sylvan music royalty upended into a salacious grind-...
  • Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio Named 'X Factor' Judges

    After Britney Spears and L.A. Reid ankled the series, Fox's "The X Factor" has added Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio as judges for the upcoming fall season. Rubio and Rowland will join Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato at the judges' table. "It's taken...
  • Orlando Fringe review: 'Arts or Crafts'

    Orlando Fringe review: 'Arts or Crafts'
    At last, a play that dares to ask a question that has haunted me for years: "Where is the art in 'The Wedding Singer'?" Rob Roznowski's extremely funny play "Arts or Crafts" is a series of vignettes that might make audience members think about how we...
  • What Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio bring to 'X Factor'

    News that Simon Cowell has tapped R&B singer Kelly Rowland and Latin superstar Paulina Rubio to join him as judges on Season 3 of “The X Factor” doesn't come as a surprise. Along with dozens of others, their names had been floated around for...
  • Review: It's Wango Tango with Flo Rida, Miguel, Maroon 5, more

    Review: It's Wango Tango with Flo Rida, Miguel, Maroon 5, more
    At the annual Wango Tango concert and corporate marketing event Saturday, an endless stream of Twitter messages from fans scrolled across the video screens throughout the day and night as though reporting breaking news. “I luv u mom and dad thanks...
  • The Echo Nest looks at how movie and music tastes overlap

    Love Usher and Nicki Minaj? That probably means you prefer Pixar films to other kids' movies, according to a new study by Echo Nest.  The Somerville, Mass.-based music data mining company thinks it can predict your movie tastes based on the music you...
  • Listen to John Mayer's new single, 'Paper Doll'

    Listen to John Mayer's new single, 'Paper Doll'
    John Mayer made a lot of noise about moving beyond his tabloid-victim past with last year's revealing, stripped-down "Born and Raised." But if the singer-songwriter learned any lessons about the dangers of kissing and telling, you wouldn't know it...
  • Becoming Yeezus: Kanye West's dark, twisted journey

    Becoming Yeezus: Kanye West's dark, twisted journey
    There's no denying that Kanye West has become synonymous with arrogance. Compared with his current, astronomical self-image, though, the Chicago-raised rap/fashion icon's musical beginnings were humble. People actually liked him because of that...
  • Britney Spears wants another baby, preferably a daughter

    Britney Spears wants another baby, preferably a daughter
    Britney Spears wants another baby, preferably a daughter this time around. The pop singer has revealed that she's ready for more kids. Spears already has two sons — Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6 — with ex-husband Kevin Federline. The "X Factor...
  • 'Bling Ring' inspiration came from Kardashians, Emma Watson says

    'Bling Ring' inspiration came from Kardashians, Emma Watson says
    "The Bling Ring" had Emma Watson "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." The "Harry Potter" alum plays a character based on convicted socialite Alexis Neiers in Sofia Coppola's film, which chronicles the shenanigans of those who looted the homes of...
  • Former defender claims Michael Jackson was pedophile, abuser

    Once a key defender of Michael Jackson in his sexual molestation trial, Wade Robson on Thursday alleged that the pop star abused him as a child for seven years, forcing him to perform sex acts, and until now he has been unable and unwilling to...