Britney Jean Spears is a famous American pop singer and entertainer
that has sold millions of records around the world. Her life is
closely scrutinized by the celebrity gossip media and Spears has
been involved in numerous scandals, controversies and break downs.
Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood,
Louisiana. She first came to fame as a member of the Disney Channel's
New Mickey Mouse Club in the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
on the show included Justin Timberlake and Joshua Chasez (who
later became members of the pop band NSYNC), Keri Russell (star
of the TV show Felicity), Christina Aguilera, also a pop singer,
and actor Ryan Gosling. Britney Spears dated Timberlake for
about five years.
Spears - Baby One More Time
Her first album on Jive Records, ...Baby One More Time, debuted
in the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Charts in early
1999, and also topped the charts in the UK. The single of the
same name was also a number one hit in many countries, and was
accompanied by a music video in which Spears wore a schoolgirl
outfit and danced down a high-school corridor.
Spears broke the record for the youngest artist, at age 17,
to have their first single debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot
100 chart. (This record was recently broken by 13-year-old artist,
JoJo, whose single "Leave (Get Out)" debuted at #1.)
Spears also broke the record for the youngest artist, at age
17, to have their first single and first album debut simultaneously
at #1 on the Billboard charts. Spears still holds this record.
Britney Spears was nominated for two Grammy awards: Best Female
Pop Vocal Performance for the single "...Baby One More
Time", and Best New Artist. She did not receive either
Britney Spears - Oops!... I Did It Again
Her followup album, Oops!... I Did It Again, released on May
16, 2000, also debuted at number one, and was a similarly huge
the success of her first two albums, Spears' career skyrocketed,
and a multimillion-dollar music, film, advertisement, concert
and TV-special "industry" sprang up around her. Her
most popular ads were for Pepsi. In 2003 there was media speculation
that the soft drink behemoth were planning to replace Spears
with Destiny's Child frontwoman Beyoncé Knowles. This
speculation turned out to be false, and Spears has gone on to
sponsor other Pepsi products.
Spears was again nominated for two Grammy awards: Best Pop Vocal
Album for Oops!...I Did It Again and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
for the single of the same name. She did not receive either
Her next album, Britney, was released on November 6, 2001, and
debuted at number one in the charts. The first single "I'm
A Slave 4 U" was produced by The Neptunes, and its R'n'B
stylings heralded the starlet's attempt to grow with her audience,
young and old. Over 4 million copies of Britney were sold in
the United States alone, and the album went on to sell over
10 million copies worldwide. While the album was very much a
hit by anyone else's standards, these figures are low in comparison
to the sales of her other albums.
Spears starred in a movie, Crossroads, which reached number
two in the box office charts. Songs from the album Britney appeared
in the film. Spears' performance was poorly received by critics
and she netted herself a Razzie Award for worst performance
of 2002. In June 2002, Spears branched out as a restaurateur
with the opening of a New York City eatery, NYLA, but the venture
was not a success and the restaurant closed in 2003.
2002, she took a break from the spotlight, and in 2003 many
music industry critics speculated that her career was in decline.
Over the course of her first three albums, Britney Spears had
sold approximately 54 million copies worldwide.
Spears was nominated for two Grammy awards yet again: Best Female
Pop Vocal Performance for "Overprotected", and Best
Pop Vocal Album for Britney. She did not win either award.
Britney Spears - In The Zone
Her fourth album, In the Zone, was released on November 18,
2003. Jettisoning the Max Martin produced synth pop of her earlier
releases, the album takes in lesser-known producers such as
RedZone as well as such big names as Moby and R. Kelly. Spears
co-wrote eight of the album's thirteen songs. In the Zone rose
straight to the top of the album charts in its debut week. Spears
is the only female in music history to have her first four albums
debut at No. 1. After an opening performance in which she kissed
Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in August, Madonna
was also featured on the album's first single, "Me Against
the Music". The single only reached No. 35 on the Hot 100,
but was a No. 1 hit in other countries.
3, 2004, Spears married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander
at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in
Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple promptly arranged for an annulment,
which was granted on January 5, ending their 55-hour marriage.
Following the wedding, Spears released the second single from
In The Zone, "Toxic", which became a worldwide hit
and a No. 1 hit in over twenty different countries. The single
occupied the No. 1 slot in the US for four consecutive weeks.
she embarked on her fourth world tour, "The Onyx Hotel
Tour", which grossed over $34 million dollars and was seen
by over 600,000 fans in North America and Europe. Meanwhile,
the album's third single, "Everytime", was starting
to receive radio play. While the song only reached No. 15 on
the US charts, it was a No. 1 hit overseas in such countries
as the UK and Australia. In June, she cancelled the remaining
dates of her tour after injuring her knee during the filming
of a video for her fourth single, "Outrageous". Shortly
after returning from hospital, Spears, 22, announced her engagement
to dancer Kevin Federline, 26. Federline was formerly linked
with actress Shar Jackson, with whom he has two small children.
Spears won the Choice Single award for "Toxic" at
the Teen Choice Awards. She has also been nominated for four
Video Music Awards, including Best Female Video and Best Video
Of The Year. Since its release In The Zone has sold close to
three million copies in the United States, and over six million
On the night
of September 18, 2004, Spears married Federline before 20-30
guests in a private non-denominational ceremony at a residence
in Studio City, California. She wore a white dress and Federline
wore a white tuxedo. The men and women attending the ceremony
wore light blue and pink sweatsuits, respectively.
Britney Spears - Controversy and Scandals
Spears' success has rested on a mixed fanbase. Millions of prepubescent
girls became enthusiasts for her work, adopting her as an idol.
It also appears that many young adult males are also fans. Writers
on popular music for the mainstream press, however, have generally
been dismissive of Spears' music, considering it to be commercial
of young daughters have ambivalent or even negative feelings
towards Britney Spears. To many critics, the singer has combined
a very "sexy" public image with a major marketing
"play" for the hearts, minds and pockets of prepubescent
girls, often as young as seven or eight. The sexualization of
such girls is arguably a trend that is visible elsewhere in
popular culture, for example in the film and fashion industries.
take the view that their daughters deserve a chance to participate
fully and happily in the pleasures of childhood before being
led into an early emotional adolescence. There is also an open
question as to whether young children are ready for the often
complicated feelings that come with sexual maturity. Lastly,
parents may worry that Britney Spears provides an unrealistic
role model for their daughters' life and career plans.
2003, Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich, the wife of Governor
Robert Ehrlich, was criticized for saying that she would like
to "shoot Britney Spears" in an address to a domestic
violence conference. After her comments made national headlines,
she was forced to apologize.
iconography of Britney Spears once again became a topic of debate
as a result of her 2003 semi-nude photo spread for the men's
magazine, Esquire. Prompted by this, Playboy reportedly offered
the star over a million dollars to pose nude for their magazine.
Spears has publicly declined the offer.
girls seldom address this debate in the same terms as their
parents, many are divided on whether they consider Britney Spears
appealing, especially in the light of more recent developments
in her career.
part, Spears has responded to their concerns by stating that
she is "not their babysitter. It's the parents' responsibility.
If you don't like it, turn the T.V. off. The only person I want
to be a role model is to my sister, Jamie Lynn." (From
ABC's Primetime interview with Diane Sawyer).
with a number of other popular female figures in show business,
Britney Spears' private life has attracted considerable media
attention. Indeed, some people feel that she has courted it
by cultivating, in her early years at least, a chaste, God-fearing
and "wholesome" image somewhat at odds not only with
the traditional pressures, temptations and opportunities of
"pop 'n' roll" but with the increasingly sexualized
content of her own songs. Regardless of where the responsibility
for the gossip industry surrounding the pop star lies, Spears'
public response has been to repeatedly express regret and resentment
at the intrusive media coverage.
Britney Spears was married to Kevin Federline in 2004. They
had two children together; Sean Preston and Jayden James. Britney
and K-Fed also appeared in their own reality television program
called Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. The couple were divorced
in 2006 due to "irreconcilable differences".
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