Outrageous success early on Jackson was 12 when he had four No. 1 singles with the Jackson Five, including “The Love You Save,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.” Twelve years later, his solo effort “Thriller” became the best-selling album of all time. Spears was 17 when her single “…Baby One More Time” went to No. 1. When her debut album was released the following year, it entered at No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks. The album sold 10 million copies the first year. “Spears is just the latest illustration of how early fame appears to fundamentally corrupt many of the child stars who enjoy it,” wrote “Today” producer Noah Oppenheim.
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