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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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  • So you think you can shock? Prizes take backseat at MTV awards

    So you think you can shock? Prizes take backseat at MTV awards
    INGLEWOOD Calif. (Reuters) - Blood, buttocks, snakes and angry rants are just some of the surprises served up by the MTV Video Music Awards over the last three decades, and as Sunday's ceremony looms, there is stiff competition to deliver the show's...
  • Concert review: Alex & Sierra and Karmin at CFE Arena

    Concert review: Alex & Sierra and Karmin at CFE Arena
    It turns out you can go home again. Central Florida pop duo and “X-Factor” champions Alex & Sierra basked in a successful homecoming on Thursday at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Although Alex Kinsey and...
  • Britney Spears lingerie line to launch Sept. 9

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    Elizabeth Arden reported its biggest quarterly loss ever because of a steeper-than-expected sales decline of celebrity perfumes, particularly Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift brands. The company said quarter sales plunged 28.4 percent, the steepest in a...
  • 'Mummy' Director Stephen Sommers Sells Britney Spears' Past Malibu Home

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When Britney Spears married her second husband and baby daddy, Kevin Federline, they picked up a luxury love shack inside the guarded gates of Malibu's prestigious Serra Retreat enclave. The pop star and wannabe rapper's...
  • Miley's party-crazed 'Bangerz' image is paying off

    Miley's party-crazed 'Bangerz' image is paying off
    If you're looking for a celebrity role model for your daughter, look to Jennifer Lawrence or Taylor Swift or, better yet, the girls who ran the orphanage in Haiti. Among the lesser choices, at least at the moment, would be Miley Cyrus, with her...
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    Southern California is emerging market for online video start-ups
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    A look back at the last time Orlando Predators were division champs
    Jay Gruden has come a long way since 2006. Eight years ago, he was synonymous with the Orlando Predators as the Arena Football League team's highly successful coach. Now he is in his first season as coach of the Washington Redskins. As for his former...
  • Beyoncé to receive Michael Jackson award

    Beyoncé to receive Michael Jackson award
    The MTV Video Music Awards will be a big night for Beyoncé. She is an eight-time nominee this year at the Aug. 24 event, but she is also a certain winner. She will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous recipients include Madonna,...
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    Lollapalooza: Outkast closes day two
    Reports from Saturday, day two at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, from Greg Kot (GK), Bob Gendron (BG) and Kevin Williams (KW): 11:31 a.m.: Blood Orange's Dev Hynes posted several tweets after his Lollapalooza set Friday saying that he and his girlfriend...
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    Duke of Cambridge's new job: helicopter pilot
    The Duke of Cambridge, who was a search and rescue pilot in the RAF, is taking to the skies again. He plans to work as a helicopter pilot with East Anglican Air Ambulance and will donate his salary to charity. [Los Angeles Times] Photos posted online by...