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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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  • IHeartRadio 2013: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus close the show

    IHeartRadio 2013: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus close the show
    LAS VEGAS — Poor Zedd. When the German EDM whiz was booked to play the second night of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival, he probably figured he'd burn the house down with "Clarity," the million-selling single that's found serious traction...
  • Benoit & Sergio make 'Adjustments' to dance music culture

    Benoit & Sergio make 'Adjustments' to dance music culture
    It’s not often today that a rising DJ team argues that it should get out of its own spotlight. But that’s precisely what the D.C. dance duo of Benoit & Sergio do on their loungey new single, “Adjustments.” Atop some melancholy,...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Forget You

    'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Forget You
    Halfway through Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” and we’ve got our first shocker. After a feel-good night of dances commemorating the remaining couples’ most memorable Years, it seemed especially harsh to send a couple home....
  • Rihanna launches makeup collection. Britney wears designer duds.

    Rihanna launches makeup collection. Britney wears designer duds.
    Rihanna's new RiRi for MAC makeup collection rolled out at MAC stores and online on Thursday. At the time, she was performing in Sydney, Australia. [Los Angeles Times] In her new "Work Bitch" video, Britney Spears wears (mostly skimpy) outfits including...
  • Sinead O'Connor's hopeless advice for Miley Cyrus

    Sinead O'Connor's hopeless advice for Miley Cyrus
    God bless Sinead O’Connor, the prickly Irish rock singer who once ripped a photograph of the pope on live TV to protest the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal, for trying to school Miley Cyrus on the pitfalls of female sexual...
  • Britney Spears on risque video: It's 'hard to play sexy mom'

    Britney Spears on risque video: It's 'hard to play sexy mom'
    Britney Spears' eye-catching video for "Work, Bitch" was supposed to be a lot racier, but she toned it down — that according to the mother of two. "Oh, my God, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually...
  • Five reasons to love Britney Spears' hot new video

    Five reasons to love Britney Spears' hot new video
    Before the turn of the millennium Britney Spears emerged as a sultry schoolgirl with pigtails and coquettish flair with her debut video, "… Baby One More Time." A teen pop queen was born. Fifteen years -- and plenty of reinventions -- have passed...
  • Naya Rivera of 'Glee' engaged to rapper Big Sean

    Naya Rivera of 'Glee' engaged to rapper Big Sean
    Naya Rivera is engaged to rapper Big Sean, the "Glee" actress revealed Thursday, flashing her new ring on the red carpet. Rivera, whose character Santana on the musical show has a new love interest in the form of guest star Demi Lovato's Dani, has...
  • Lauryn Hill released from prison, completes three-month sentence

    Lauryn Hill released from prison, completes three-month sentence
    Singer Lauryn Hill has been released from federal prison after serving a three-month sentence stemming from her tax evasion case. The ex-Fugees songstress, who earned critical acclaim with her 1998 solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was...
  • Britney Spears was not a fan of 'Breaking Bad' finale

    Britney Spears was not a fan of 'Breaking Bad' finale
    Slow up there, "Breaking Bad" fans. Your post-finale warm and fuzzies have just come to an end, courtesy of Miss Britney Spears. It turns out, though Britney shared your seemingly limitless love for the meth-cooking adventures of Walter White, your...
  • 'Arrow' executive producer talks 'possibilities' of the Flash

    'Arrow' executive producer talks 'possibilities' of the Flash
    The CW's superhero series "Arrow" was one of the network's success stories from last season, and it returns for Season 2 on Wednesday night to a TV show landscape that's slowly filling with more comic book properties, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I....