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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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  • Valerie June learned about music at church, home -- and from Britney

    Valerie June learned about music at church, home -- and from Britney
    The morning after firebrand singer Valerie June’s swing through L.A. to open for Sharon Jones at the Wiltern on Tuesday, she had a whirlwind day of activities related to promoting her acclaimed 2013 album “Pushin’ Against a Stone”...
  • Review: 'Blood Will Out' by Walter Kirn

    In 1998, the writer Walter Kirn agreed to drive a crippled dog from Montana to New York as a favor to a man he had never met. That seems like a strangely extravagant gesture of kindness until you learn the man's name, which vibrates now, as it must have...
  • Watch Coldplay find 'Magic' in new video

    Watch Coldplay find 'Magic' in new video
    Coldplay's new single is called "Magic," but its video is more inclined to the dark arts. In the just-released clip, singer Chris Martin plays a couple of roles -- a scheming husband to magician Ziyi Zhang (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame)...
  • Rihanna, Justin Timberlake lead first iHeartRadio award nominations

    Rihanna, Justin Timberlake lead first iHeartRadio award nominations
    Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons lead the nominations for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna leads the pack with seven nods across five categories, including artist of the year, song of the year and best collaboration -- ...
  • Claudia Lee tackles that '90s show, 'Surviving Jack'

    Claudia Lee tackles that '90s show, 'Surviving Jack'
    Claudia Lee wasn't born during the heyday of parachute pants, scrunchies and Jesus Jones, but the 17-year-old Indiana native has gotten a crash course in 1990s trivia starring on "Surviving Jack." Debuting at 8:30 p.m. March 27, the new Fox comedy is...
  • SXSW 2014: Fourth car crash victim dies

    A fourth person has died from injuries sustained earlier this month after a car driven by a drunk driving suspect crashed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, officials said. DeAndre Tatum passed away on Thursday...
  • Moby, David Lynch to headline IMS Engage 2014

    Moby, David Lynch to headline IMS Engage 2014
    The electronic music conference IMS Engage is getting cinematic this year. The Ibiza-based lecture and conversation series -- a project from EDM legend and new Angeleno Pete Tong and several music-biz colleagues -- debuted in L.A. last year with...
  • Coachella 2014: Skrillex, Martin Garrix set for day parties

    Coachella 2014: Skrillex, Martin Garrix set for day parties
    After the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expanded to two weekends a couple of years ago, many bands capitalized on the gap days by playing extra shows around L.A. and Indio, Calif. Now, EDM promoters LED are getting some of the fest's marquee...
  • Coachella 2014: Essential tracks from Motorhead, Knife, Future Islands

    Coachella 2014: Essential tracks from Motorhead, Knife, Future Islands
    Looking to cram this weekend for the upcoming Coachella festival? The below records by artists playing at the annual festival, which begins April 11, are worthy of pre-festival focus: The Knife, “Shaking the Habitual” (Rabid Records)...
  • Gwyneth Needs To Recouple With Reality

    Gwyneth Needs To Recouple With Reality
    How do you spell conscious uncoupling? Where I came from, we always spelled it the way Tammy Wynette sang it, which is D-I-V-O-R-C-E. I had one of them myself, several decades ago. That's when I discovered that even uncontested divorces still prove...
  • Sean Combs returns to 'Puff Daddy' for new album

    Sean Combs returns to 'Puff Daddy' for new album
    Sean Combs has been called many things over the last 20 years of his career: Puff, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy or simply "the D, the I, the D, the D, the Y." Although he famously shed his “Puff Daddy” moniker back in 2001, he never really...
  • Drake kicks off a new year, new point of view on 'SNL'

    Drake kicks off a new year, new point of view on 'SNL'
    After a holiday hiatus, “Saturday Night Live” returned slightly refurbished, with Sasheer Zamata as one of the most high-profile cast additions in recent memory as well as new writers LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who joined the team after...