Friday, January 21, 2011

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, Spears began performing as a child, landing acting roles in stage productions and television shows. She signed with Jive Records in 1997 and released her debut album ...Baby One More Time in 1999. During her first decade within the music industry, she became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, followed by a much-publicized personal life. Her first two albums established her as a pop icon and broke sales records, while title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" became international number-one hits. Spears was credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s.

In 2001, she released her third studio album Britney and expanded her brand, playing the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone released in 2003, which yielded chart-topping singles "Me Against the Music", "Toxic" and "Everytime". After the release of two compilation albums, Spears experienced personal struggles and her career went under hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released in 2007 and despite receiving little promotion, it spawned hits "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". In 2008, her erratic behaviour and hospitalizations caused her to be placed in a conservatorship. The same year, her sixth studio album Circus was released, with the global chart-topping lead single "Womanizer". After embarking on The Circus Starring Britney Spears, she released greatest hits The Singles Collection, which featured U.S. and Canadian number-one single "3".

Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists in the history of contemporary music. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 32 million certified albums. Spears is also recognized as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.[4] In June 2010, Spears was ranked sixth on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world; she is also ranked as the third most powerful musician in the world.

She's still got it. The mega-star's new single, "Hold It Against Me," hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart within a week of its iTunes-only release. The song launched without any promotion from the singer. Britney thanked her fans on Twitter, writing, "I have the best fans ever."

Childhood and discovery

Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi but was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana as a Southern Baptist by parents James Parnell Spears, a building contractor, and Lynne Irene Bridges, a former grade school teacher. Spears's brother Bryan works as a manager for the Spears family interests and her sister Jamie Lynn is an actress and singer. Her maternal grandmother Lillian Woolmore was an English war-bride, born in Tottenham, London who met Spears's grandfather Barnett O'Field Bridges in England during World War II. Her paternal grandparents were June Austin Spears and Emma Jean Forbes.

 Spears was an accomplished gymnast, attending gymnastics classes until age nine and competing in state-level competitions. She performed in local dance revues and her local Baptist church choir. At age eight she auditioned for the Disney Channel series The New Mickey Mouse Club. Although she was considered too young to join the series at the time, a producer on the show introduced her to a New York City agent. Spears subsequently spent three summers at NYC's Professional Performing Arts School and also appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions, including 1991's Ruthless!. In 1992, she landed a spot on the popular television show Star Search. Though she won her first round in the competition, she ultimately lost. At age eleven, Spears returned to the Disney Channel for a spot on the The New Mickey Mouse Club in Lakeland, Florida. She was featured on the show from 1993 to 1994, until she was 13. Other future celebrities on the show included fellow pop singer Christina Aguilera, 'N Sync members Justin Timberlake and Joshua Chasez, Felicity actress Keri Russell, and The Notebook star Ryan Gosling. After the show ended, Spears returned to Kentwood and entered high school for a year.

In 1997, Spears briefly joined the all-female pop group Innosense. Later that same year, she decided to go solo. After recording a demo, she was signed by Jive Records. She began touring American venues for a series of concerts sponsored by American teen magazines, and eventually became an opening act for 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.

Studio albums

  • 1999: ...Baby One More Time
  • 2000: Oops!... I Did It Again
  • 2001: Britney
  • 2003: In the Zone
  • 2007: Blackout

Compilations and EPs

  • 2004: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
  • 2005: Someday (I Will Understand) EP
  • 2005: B in the Mix: The Remixes



  • 1999: Time Out with Britney Spears
  • 2000: Live and More!
  • 2001: Britney: The Videos
  • 2002: Live from Las Vegas
  • 2004: In the Zone
  • 2004: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
  • 2005: Britney & Kevin: Chaotic




  • 1998: Hair Zone Mall Tour
  • 1999: ...Baby One More Time Tour
  • 2000: Crazy 2K Tour
  • 2000: Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour
  • 2001: Dream Within a Dream Tour
  • 2004: The Onyx Hotel Tour
  • 2007: The M+M's Tour


Guest appearances

  • 2003: " Like a Virgin/ Hollywood" (Live) by Madonna feat. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott
    from Remixed & Revisited by Madonna
  • 2006: "Crazy" by Kevin Federline feat. Spears
    from Playing with Fire by Kevin Federline
  • Complete list of Britney Spears Unreleased material (includes song titles, producers, and unreleased collaborations).

Music videos

Spears's music videos have a significant contribution to the success of her music and video career. The video for " ...Baby One More Time" featured the young singer wearing a school uniform exposing her midriff and this image helped propel her to superstardom. Similarly the video for " Oops!... I Did It Again" showed Spears wearing a tightly-fitted red catsuit, fueling speculations that the star has breast implants. Her image as a "clean, straight-up girl" was revolutionized by the videos for " I'm A Slave 4 U", " Toxic", and " Gimme More" which generated much controversy and portrayed Spears with a sexually oriented image.

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