Britney Spears (born 2.12.1982) is an American singer who's debut album Baby One More Time found her international stardom in 1999 and contained the Billboard topping single 'Baby One More Time. She has sold over 83 million records worldwide, currently making her the eighth best-selling female artist in American music history, having sold 31 million albums in the U.S.
Her turbulent personal life has been well documented. Most recently, On the evening of 3rd January 2008, police were called to Spears's home after she refused to relinquish custody of her children. As a result of an order placed by her psychiatrist, Spears was taken to UCLA Medical Centre on January 31 where she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
Childhood: Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana.
She auditioned for the Disney Channel series 'The New Mickey Mouse Club' when she was just eight years old. At the time, she was considered too young to join the series, but a producer on the show suggested that she meet up with an agent in New York.
When she turned 11, Spears returned to the Disney Channel for a role in the 'The New Mickey Mouse Club'. She remained on the show from until the age of 13, from 1993 to 1994. Her young co-workers on the show included Christina Aguilera (pop singer), Justin Timbelake (who would go on to be her boyfriend for some time), Joshua Chasez (also in N'Sync with Timberlake), Keri Russell (actress) and Ryan Gosling (actor). She returned to schoool in Kentwood for one year after the show had ended.
After school, in 1997, she joined the all-girl group Innosense for a short period of time but later that year she recorded a solo demo tape and was signed by Jive Records on the strength of the demo. She eventually became the opening act for boy bands Backstreet Boys and N'Sync.
Musical Career: Her first single 'Baby One More Time was released in 1998 and became an instant international success. It sold nine million copies worldwide. The song's accompanying music video featured Britney dressed provocatively in a midriff-baring schoolgirl uniform.
The album, also called Baby One More Time was released in January 1999, reaching number one on the Billboard 200. The album subsequently acheived worldwide sales of over 25 million copies. In December 1999, she won four Billboard Music Awards and in early 2000, she took home the Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist award at the American Music Awards. She went on to receive two nominations at the Grammys, that same year, though she lost out to Christina Aguilera and Sarah McLachlan.
Her second album, Oops I Did It Again debuted at number one in the U.S. by selling 1,319,193 units during its first week of sales. Concerning both musical content and sales, the album was very similar to Spears's debut, although critics were more favourable to this second album.
In 2000, Britney gained two more Billboard Music awards and another two Grammy nominations. She also garnered controversy at the MTV Music awards when she ripped off a black suit to reveal a provocative nude-colored and crystal-adorned outfit.
Spears third studio album, Britney was released in November 2001. Although not as successful as her previous albums, she gained some creative control by co-writing five of the album's tracks. It still managed to surpass Michael Jackson's album Invincible when it had a successful debut at number one in the U.S. by selling 745,744 units during its first week. The singles did not fare so well. The lead single 'Im A Slave 4 U' peaked at 27 on the Billlboard Hot 100, making it the album's biggest hit. At the end of the album's promotional tour for the album, Spears announced she would take a six-month break from her career.
During her third consecutive MTV Video Music Awards performance, she controversially utilized caged animals and danced erotically with a large albino python draped over her shoulders. At a performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, she performed the song 'Like A Virgin' with Christina Aguilera and was later joined by Madonna, with whom Spears locked lips, in a highly publicised kiss.
Spears' fourth studio album, In The Zone, was released in November 2003. The album used lesser-known producers such as RedZone, as well as big names such as Moby and R.Kelly. The album reached number one in the U.S. charts during its debut week, with over 609,000 copies sold. Spears became the only female in music history to have her first four studio albums debut at number one.
The album spawned the hit single 'Toxic', winning Spears her first ever Grammy, despite previous nominations.
After her marriage to one of her dancers, Kevin Federline, Spears announced on her website she was taking another career break in order to start a family. However, November 2004 saw the release of her first greatest hits collection, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, which debuted at #4 on the U.S. charts. Then, In November 2005, she released her first remix album, B In the Mix: The Remixes. With Spears still on maternity leave, the album did not reach the success of her previous albums.
In May 2007, Spears made her musical comeback, but overall, this proved to be a disappointment to many. A mini-tour for the House Of Blues failed to see her singing live for the 15 minutes that she performed. Her most recent was recorded with producers such as Sean Garrett and Nate "Danja" Hills in 2006 and 2007.
The result of these recordings was Blackout, her fifth album. Scheduled for release in November 2007, it was pushed up to October 30th due to internet leaks. It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard charts, selling 290,000 copies
Britney's ill-fated performance at the 2007 MTV Music Awards received much media attention, being described as a disappointing attempt at a comeback. The BBC, for instance, stated that "her performance would go down in the history books as being one of the worst to grace the MTV Awards." Whilst critics at The Times noted that "Spears was out of synch as she lip-synched and at times just stopped singing altogether." Despite the backlash, however, the single has achieved success worldwide.
Iggy made her feelings about ‘Pretty Girls’ clear on Sunday, but has Britney Spears fired back?
So why did Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears’ duet ‘Pretty Girls’ perform poorly in the charts? Well on Sunday Azalea gave her opinion, blaming a lack of promotion for the track flopping. But now Spears appears to have hit back at her collaborator's comments, by posting a cryptic tweet seemingly aimed at the rapper.
Has Britney thrown some shade at Iggy Azalea?
During a twitter Q & A with her fans on Sunday, Azalea answered one user who had mentioned that the duet ‘flopped a little bit’ on the Billboard charts. ‘It’s difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc,’ Azalea tweeted.
The single didn't make a big impression on the charts when it was released last month.
Iggy Azalea has addressed the poor chart performance of her last single ‘Pretty Girls’, blaming a lack of promotion for the Britney Spear duet flopping. Taking part in a twitter Q&A , Azalea responded to a fan who had said the highly anticipated single ‘flopped a little bit’, while still calling it ‘the summer anthem of 2015’.
Iggy Azalea has spoken about ‘Pretty Girl’s’ poor chart performance.
‘It’s difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc,’ Azalea wrote. ‘Unfortunately I'm just featured...I would have enjoyed performing it a lot, I think it got off to a powerful start,’ the rapper added. ‘But you need content to compete in 2015.’
The singer and her boyfriend of eight months were reported to have split last week.
Britney Spears is focusing on her family life after splitting from her boyfriend of eight months, film producer Charlie Ebersol. The 33 year old singer posted a super cute shot of herself and eight year old son Jayden James Federline on Instagram Friday, showing her enjoying some family time following the split.
Britney and Charlie called it quits last week.
In the pic the singer beams as she poses with her youngest son while wearing an oversized straw hat and some dark sunglasses. Earlier in the day she also posted a pic of Jayden posing with a big dog while the two were out and about in Malibu, California. Along with Jayden, Spears also has a nine-year-old son Sean Preston, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Who’s going to be able to knock Jason Derulo off the top spot?
Jason Derulo has topped the UK singles chart for a fourth consecutive week with ‘Want to Want Me’, the Official Charts Company has announced. It means the track is now the fourth single this year to spend at least four weeks in the number one spot, along with Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’, Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’.
Jason Derulo is still on top with 'Want To Want Me'
Derulo was able to see off stiff competition from Deorro and Chris Brown whose ‘Five More Hours’ was this week's highest new entry landing at number four. ‘Five More Hours’ had looked like it could cause Derulo some problems in the mid-week charts, but in the end it fell short of taking the top spot.
Britney Spears - A variety of stars from the music industry were snapped as they arrived to the 2015 Billboard Music Awards which saw Taylor Swift clean up, winning 8 awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015
The Beatles star's Maton Mastersound guitar fetches the highest bid at Julien's Auctions in New York.
The Fab Four may have once sung "Can't buy me love", but Friday's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe proved you can buy George Harrison's prized Maton Mastersound guitar - if you have almost half a million dollars handy.
George Harrison (far right) with the rest of the Fab Four
Rolling Stone reports that the instrument sold for $485,000, the top earner at Julien's Auctions in New York, which specialized in the sale of hundreds of rare items from the world of music.
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The video pays homage to 1988 movie ‘Earth Girls Are Easy’.
The promo video for Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s hit duet ‘Pretty Girls’ has finally dropped and boy was it worth the wait! In the video, Iggy plays an alien who crash lands on earth and is befriended by a very 80s looking Britney Spears and her gang of Valley girl pals.
Britney goes for an 80s look in the throwback video.
Sporting very crimped hair and a leopard print crop top, Britney looks to be having the time of her life with Iggy, as the two cruise around LA in a bright yellow jeep with custom Pretty Girls licence plate. Also working the crimped 80s look, Iggy teams her blonde locks with a light denim waistcoat and shorts combo.
Taylor Swift will premiere her new video at this month's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The line-up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was already very impressive, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all set to perform on stage, and officials have now filled a (blank) space by confirming Taylor Swift will be there to debut the video for her new track 'Bad Blood', according to Hollywood Reporter.
And the singer has teased the premiere of the forthcoming video with a stylish image on Twitter.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift To Open Billboard Music Awards With New Video