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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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  • Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more

    Best week ever: Baltimore events, music, movies and more
    Yes, there's actually stuff to do this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's our list of happenings for the week of 11/21-11/27. MOVIES OPENING (Wednesday) Arthur Christmas The Descendants Hugo The Muppets (Friday) My Week With Marilyn NOTABLE TV MONDAY...
  • Relive the '80s at Jiffy Lube Live with Def Leppard

    Relive the '80s at Jiffy Lube Live with Def Leppard
    Editor's note: The Def Leppard concert originally scheduled for July 9 has been rescheduled to July 31 due to a family illness. If the kids will be flocking to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday night for Animal Collective, their parents will heading...
  • Ehrlich back on the trail, but for readers not voters

    Ehrlich back on the trail, but for readers not voters
    Bob Ehrlich is taking his own advice, as offered in the title of his new book, "Turn This Car Around." The former governor is putting Maryland in his rear-view mirror. "The book is not for a Maryland audience," the former governor said Tuesday as he...
  • BSO takes a new approach to the holidays

    BSO takes a new approach to the holidays
    A bevy of Santas will not tap-dance their way into Rockette-style formations onstage to help the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrate the Christmas season this year. That cute tradition, and the rest of the Holiday Spectacular presented by the BSO...
  • '80s and '90s throwback activities

    '80s and '90s throwback activities
    If the Backstreet Boys and new Kids on the Block concert has you wanting to relive the '80s and '90s, there's plenty of options available, including several dance parties, nostalgia acts and even laser tag. The Ottobar's upstairs floor has long been a...
  • J. Cole kicks off Rihanna tour in Baltimore

    J. Cole kicks off Rihanna tour in Baltimore
    Pundits, commentators and TV watchers were shocked a couple of weeks ago when Britney Spears and Rihanna kissed at the Billboard Music Awards. But not J. Cole, who's opening Saturday for Rihanna at 1st Mariner Arena, the first show on the Loud tour....
  • Concert tours: Getting their act together

    Concert tours: Getting their act together
    When Sade's first concert in a decade was announced last fall, she was billed as the sole headliner. Interest was expected to be high because the British R&B singer hadn't toured in years. But a couple of weeks after tickets had gone on sale for her show...
  • The naked truth about nude protests

    It's sad and pathetic that nowadays women often don't know how to get attention unless they take their clothes off. Singers like Britney Spears, Beyonce and Lady Gaga don't perform unless they are scantily clad or moving suggestively. And when it comes to...
  • Dru Hill fights on

    Dru Hill fights on
    Dru Hill is many things — Baltimore's most successful R&B act; the group with the "Thong Song" lead singer; that '90s group that disappeared in the next decade, only to resurface on a little-watched reality TV show. Above all else, Dru Hill is a...
  • Best week ever: local events, music, movies and more

    Best week ever: local events, music, movies and more
    MOVIES OPENING (Friday) Cowboys & Aliens Crazy, Stupid, Love. The Smurfs NOTABLE TV Mongo Wrestling Alliance (season finale; 12:15 a.m. Monday; Adult Swim) There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (special; 9 p.m. Monday; HBO) The A-List: New York...
  • Weekend Plans: Who would you rather...see in concert, Dolly Parton or Britney Spears?

    Weekend Plans: Who would you rather...see in concert, Dolly Parton or Britney Spears?
    Pop fans, who are you going to see on Sunday, Britney Spears or Dolly Parton? The dueling concerts on Sunday - Dolly's at the Wolf Trap; Britney's at the Verizon Center - are like a rare lunar event, a diva showtown that pits fans of both to pick one...
  • Dubstep's mainstream takeover

    Dubstep's mainstream takeover
    At the 2:17 mark of Britney Spears' 2011 hit single "Hold It Against Me," dubstep entered the mainstream. It had been bubbling around pop's surface before Spears put her glossy touch on it, but this was Top 40's most blatant — and effective —...