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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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  • Sia keeps the pain alive on '1000 Forms of Fear'

    “Party girls don’t get hurt,” Sia claims in her Top 20 summer hit “Chandelier,” which also opens her new album. It’s an idea she spends the rest of “1000 Forms of Fear” disproving. An Australian singer and...
  • 10 things you might not know about tattoos

    10 things you might not know about tattoos
    The Body Art Expo, which bills itself as the world's largest tattoo convention, has set up shop this weekend on family-friendly Navy Pier. Tattoos have come a long way since being a sure sign of irresponsible behavior or youthful mistakes. Here are 10...
  • Ed Sheeran multiplies his star quotient

     Ed Sheeran multiplies his star quotient
    It's a story as old as Bob Dylan: a guitar-toting young troubadour heads to the city, gets a deal, hits it big and then goes electric. In 2014, his name is Ed Sheeran, he's 23 and from a coastal town two hours from London. His new record, "x," arrives...
  • Natalie Portman steps out for Dior in Shanghai with lighter hair

    Natalie Portman steps out for Dior in Shanghai with lighter hair
    Natalie Portman has lightened up her hair color, and the result is tres chic. The "Thor: The Dark World" star attended the Miss Dior Exhibition on Thursday in Shanghai looking ladylike and sophisticated with a caramel-hued, curled bob.  The 33-year-...
  • Miranda Lambert debuts bob haircut at retro Nashville party

    Miranda Lambert debuts bob haircut at retro Nashville party
    Guess what, long hair? Miranda Lambert is over you! The country star said goodbye to fishtail braids and sleek blow-outs and debuted a bob haircut Monday during a party in Nashville to celebrate her recent single "Automatic." The 30-year-old crooner...
  • Remembering the Best and Worst of ABC's TGIF Lineup

    In fall 1993, a coming-of-age comedy called "Boy Meets World" premiered on ABC's "TGIF" Friday night lineup; 21 years later, its sequel series, "Girl Meets World," is debuting on the Disney Channel with many of the original cast members reprising their...
  • About that hand gesture....

     
    Just last year, Jeffrey Carpenter's Facebook profile picture was of him suspended 12,000 feet in the air, in a surfing stance among the clouds, with a relaxed grin and horn-shaped hand gestures....from today's news story about Carpenter's death in a......
  • Amazon.com launches Prime Music, an ad-free streaming service

    Amazon.com launches Prime Music, an ad-free streaming service
    Amazon.com Inc. has joined the hotly contested online music streaming business by launching its own service that is free of ads but light on songs. Prime Music is available free for subscribers of Amazon Prime, the company's $99-a-year membership...
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  • Listen: Sia smiles through the pain in new song 'Eye of the Needle'

    Listen: Sia smiles through the pain in new song 'Eye of the Needle'
    For someone who professes to abhor attention, Sia sure makes a big noise. You've already heard "Chandelier," the Australian singer's skyscraping electro-pop jam with the music video starring an 11-year-old dance phenom instead of Sia herself, who in a...
  • Kato Kaelin, 20 years later, on O.J., unwanted fame and media lies

     Kato Kaelin, 20 years later, on O.J., unwanted fame and media lies
    Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, I was awakened by persistent knocking on my guesthouse door. An LAPD officer was at the door because two beautiful people, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, had lost their lives. Me? I was a wanna-be actor from...
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