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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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    Watch: Lady Gaga lets it all hang out in over-the-top 'G.U.Y.' video
    Lady Gaga isn't retreating. After her vomit-drenched performance at the recent South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, inspired many Internet scolds to insist that she'd finally -- gasp! -- gone too far, the pop star might've been expected...
  • Billboard and Twitter to launch real-time music charts

    Billboard and Twitter to launch real-time music charts
    Pharrell’s gleeful clap-along “Happy” is sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as it dominates pop radio, but what are music fans currently buzzing about on social media? Right now fledgling British boy band the Wanted are...
  • 'Scandal' actor Columbus Short charged with battery in bar attack

    An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury for allegedly knocking out a man and breaking his nose. Columbus Keith Short, 31, is accused of punching a man at a...
  • Live review: John Legend keeps it classy at Disney Hall

    Live review: John Legend keeps it classy at Disney Hall
    Of all the points in his career that John Legend could have toured concert halls with a stripped-bare acoustic setup, 2014 seems the least likely.  The singer-songwriter’s most recent LP, last year’s “Love in the Future,” is...
  • Cowell's 'X Factor' never could hit right note

    Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell arrived in the U.S. from Britain 12 years ago as the face of a show so powerful that competitors coined it the "Death Star" because it destroyed everything around it.   But Cowell's effort to follow "American Idol" with his...
  • Anna Kendrick, Pharrell Williams get happy on 'SNL'

    Anna Kendrick, Pharrell Williams get happy on 'SNL'
    If you thought the Louis CK episode of “SNL” was weird and dark, you ain’t seen nothing until you've watched the Anna Kendrick episode. Just kidding. this weekend's show, with Pharrell Williams as musical guest, was as harmonious,...
  • Pharrell Williams, a 'Happy' and busy guy

    Pharrell Williams, a 'Happy' and busy guy
    Pharrell Williams looked wiped out. Late on a recent evening, the singer-rapper-producer was shuttling between two studios at a Melrose Avenue recording complex. In one he was working on music for this spring's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which he's...
  • 'Scandal' actor Columbus Short accused of punching man in nose

    An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" is accused of punching a man in the nose and knocking him out at a West L.A. restaurant. Columbus Keith Short, 31, was arrested Wednesday and prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury in...
  • Maroon 5, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Tiesto tapped for Wango Tango

    Maroon 5, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Tiesto tapped for Wango Tango
    Maroon 5, Shakira, Paramore, Ed Sheeran, One Republic and Tiesto have all been tapped for this year’s Wango Tango, set for May 10 at the at StubHub Center in Carson. Others tapped for KIIS-FM’s daylong spectacle include B.o.B, Kid Ink,...
  • The VIP treatment at Britney Spears' Vegas show

    The VIP treatment at Britney Spears' Vegas show
    LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears was barely 10 feet away from me, dancing a sexy routine to "Freakshow." She catches my eye and summons me closer to the stage from my seat in the audience. And no, this wasn't a dream. It was at one of her recent shows...
  • Review: Sharon Jones and Valerie June electrify the Wiltern

    Review: Sharon Jones and Valerie June electrify the Wiltern
    Beyond its musical attributes, the exhilarating performance delivered by soul singer Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings on Tuesday testified to the restorative power of music. Other than her ultra-short hair, there was no outward evidence of the...
  • George Strait takes entertainer trophy at 49th ACM Awards

    George Strait takes entertainer trophy at 49th ACM Awards
    The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his...