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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.
Perry made joking references to Spears’ 2007 head-shaving twice on the Grammys red carpet on Sunday.
After Sunday night’s Grammy Awards fans of Britney Spears were calling on Katy Perry to apologise, after she made jokes on the red carpet that appeared to reference when Spears shaved her head in 2007.
But while Perry has stayed quiet, Spears seems to have hit back, by posting a very telling Bible quote on her Twitter account.
Spears famously shaved her head while going through a very public breakdown in 2007.
The ‘Roar’ singer angered Spears’ loyal fanbase after she appeared to make joking references to her 2007 mental breakdown, during which she shaved her head bald.
Katy Perry has angered Britney Spears fans
The family responds to the media frenzy.
Disaster has struck for Jamie Lynn Spears, whose 8-year-old daughter Maddie Briann Aldridge has allegedly been involved in an accident with an off-road vehicle over the weekend. There have been numerous stories surfacing about the nature of the accident, but nothing has been confirmed by the family as of yet.
Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter has been involved in an accident
TMZ reported that the girl was in an 'extremely serious' condition after she was injured while riding a Polaris all-terrain vehicle yesterday (February 5th 2017) during an alleged hunting expedition near their home in Kentwood, Louisiana. According to the publication, the ATV had 'flipped over' near a stretch of water, and then Maddie was 'under water for several minutes and unconscious'. A source claimed that she was then airlifted to hospital, and that her 25-year-old mother was not present at the time that the incident took place.
She handled that one well.
On stage wardrobe malfunctions are hardly uncommon, but Britney Spears was the latest to fall victim to the dreaded 'nip slip' during a performance in Las Vegas this week. She still looked fabulous, but let's hope she remembers modesty pasties for future shows.
Britney Spears accidentally flashes her Las Vegas audience
Ths singer was playing at the AXIS auditorium in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Wednesday night (February 1st 2017) wearing nothing but thigh high boots and a really low plunging sequined leotard. As she stomped around the stage during a rendition of 'Work B**ch', her leotard went a little sideways to reveal a lot more boob than she meant to.
Continue reading: Britney Spears' Las Vegas Wardrobe Malfunction
‘Britney Ever After’ looks set to document the singer’s most controversial moments.
The first trailer for Lifetime’s Britney Spears biopic has hit and it’s everything we could have hoped for.
The 30-second promo for ‘Britney Ever After’ touches on the singer’s infamous 2007 meltdown in which she shaved her head bald as well as her short-lived marriage to backing dancer Kevin Federline.
Australian actress Natasha Bassett stars as the pop princess, who went from small town life in Louisiana, to global superstardom after the release of first single ‘Baby One More Time’.
The singer is dating backup dancer Sam Asghari.
Britney Spears has been opening up about how her relationship with backup dancer Sam Asghari began.
Speaking on AMP 103.7’s Fast in the Morning with Nathan Fast and Sybil Summers, the singer revealed she and Asghari met on the set of her ‘Slumber Party’ video shoot and first connected over sushi.
Britney Spears has opened up about her romance with backup dancer Sam Asghari
Continue reading: Britney Spears Reveals She And Boyfriend First Connected Over Sushi
Who have the people chosen this year?
The 2017 People's Choice Award was once again chock full of the best TV shows, movies, stars and musicians that the last year had to offer with the likes of 'Finding Dory', 'Outlander' and Britney Spears leading the winners for this year's ceremony. Ellen Degeneres made history as the entertainer who has won the most People's Choice accolades, bringing her total up to 22 with a further 3 awards.
Ellen DeGeneres at the People's Choice Awards
The leading winners at this year's People's Choice Awards were 'Finding Dory' for Favourite Movie (and Family Movie), Ryan Reynolds for Movie Actor and Jennifer Lawrence for Movie Actress. Reynolds saw more success when his movie 'Deadpool' landed the Action Movie prize, but it was Robert Downey Jr. and Margot Robbie who won the Action Movie Actor and Actress awards.
Sony's Twitter accounts were hacked on Christmas Day.
Sony Music has apologised to Britney Spears after one of the organisation’s official Twitter accounts falsely suggested that the pop star had died, following the hacking of its social media outlets over Christmas.
Indeed, the 35 year old singer took to her own Twitter account on Monday (December 26th) to prove that she was alive and well, sharing a collage of four pictures of herself pulling faces for the camera.
Britney Spears is NOT dead
Continue reading: Britney Spears Is NOT Dead, After Sony's Twitter Accounts Are Hacked
The unauthorised TV film will star Natasha Bassett.
Lifetime are set to tell the life story of Britney Spears with an unauthorised TV biopic exploring her headlines-worthy personal life and explosive career. 'Britney' will star 'Camp' actress Natasha Bassett as the singer and the story will feature a number of famous names from Paris Hilton to Jenna Dewan.
Britney Spears gets her own Lifetime biopic
Under the mononymous working title, the film follows Britney's showbiz beginnings on 'The Mickey Mouse Club' when she was just 11-years-old, her catapult to international stardom with mega hits the likes of '...Baby One More Time' and 'Oops!... I Did It Again', through to her relationships with Justin Timberlake and ex-husbands Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline who will be played by Nathan Keyes ('The Kings of Summer'), newcomer Kelly McCabe and Clayton Chitty ('Boy/Girl') respectively.
Continue reading: Britney Spears' Rise To Stardom Explored In 2017 Lifetime Biopic
Britney Spears has been recording her new album only months after releasing her ninth studio album earlier this year.
Britney Spears has been recording her new album.
The 34-year-old singer songwriter has revealed she is already creating some new material for her upcoming LP only months after she released her ninth studio album 'Glory' in August this year.
Speaking to the Vegas Player blog, the blonde beauty said: ''I'm not sure what I want the next album to sound like.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Is Recording Her New Album
Date of birth
2nd December, 1981
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