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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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  • Listen: Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea join forces for 'Pretty Girls'

    Listen: Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea join forces for 'Pretty Girls'
    Too bad Iggy Azalea's pizza guy couldn't have played it cool. He might have gotten an early tip about Azalea's conversation-starter of a new single. 
  • Britney Spears cancels concerts after foot injury

    Britney Spears cancels concerts after foot injury
    Britney Spears has canceled several dates of her "Piece of Me" concert residency in Las Vegas after slipping and injuring her foot onstage. The 33-year-old singer was performing her set Wednesday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino when,...

    Britney Spears injures ankle on stage, cancels Vegas shows

    An onstage ankle injury has pop star Britney Spears rescheduling her Friday and Saturday night performances on the Las Vegas Strip so she doesn't, oops, do it again. A statement from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino where Spears performs her...

    Glu Mobile lands big China deal that could signal expansion

    A $126 million investment from a Chinese gaming company sent shares of Glu Mobile soaring almost 20 percent Thursday. Tencent Holdings Ltd., based in Shenzhen, a booming city that borders Hong Kong, acquired 21 million shares at $6 each. With a 14.6...

    Glu Mobile adds Britney Spears to celebrity game roster

    Britney Spears is joining Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry on Glu Mobile's roster of celebrity mobile games, the company said on Wednesday. Glu says it signed a 5-year deal with Spears with the possibility of a 3-year extension. The game will feature...