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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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  • Britney Spears splits with David Lucado after cheating video surfaces

    Britney Spears splits with David Lucado after cheating video surfaces
    Britney Spears and boyfriend David Lucado have broken up, and it looks as if Brit's dad Jamie Spears did some key damage control along the way.
  • Britney Spears splits with David Lucado after cheating video surfaces

    Britney Spears and boyfriend David Lucado have broken up, and it looks as if Brit's dad Jamie Spears did some key damage control along the way. "Ahhhh the single life!," Spears tweeted Thursday afternoon, taking a minimalist approach to acknowledging...

    Vegas Banks on Britney Spears Factor to Attract Younger Acts

    "If you build it, they will come" has always been a fairly safe operating principle in Las Vegas, at least as far as the gambling, partying masses are concerned. Whether it's a safe bet for attracting marquee name pop stars to desert residencies, however,...

    Vegas Banks on Britney Spears Factor to Attract Younger Acts

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "If you build it, they will come" has always been a fairly safe operating principle in Las Vegas, at least as far as the gambling, partying masses are concerned. Whether it's a safe bet for attracting marquee name pop stars...

    Britney Spears: Popstar Directs Clear Vision of Her Billion-Dollar Empire

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Work, bitch." Unlike singer-songwriters, contemporary pop stars rarely have their songs viewed through an autobiographical prism, yet it's hard to miss the changes in Britney Spears' core messaging over the past years....