Britney Spears

Biography

NAME: Britney Jean Spears
BIRTH PLACE: Kentwood, Louisiana


BIOGRAPHY

For her relatively short six years in the public spotlight, Britney Spears has managed to generate more controversy than your average celebrity manages in a lifetime. From the outset, her sexually provocative image aided by the slickest hit-making machine has guaranteed non-stop headlines and constant media scrutiny.

It is all a long way from young Britney’s first televised performance on StarSearch in 1990. This led to the eight year-old Spears auditioning for Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. Initially she was deemed by producers as being “too young” but undeterred she finally made the cut, aged eleven and appeared singing, dancing, even rapping her way through 110 appearances, alongside fellow Mouseketeers as Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

The show’s cancellation in 1994 left Britney’s future uncertain. Demo tapes led to an audition for Jive Records in which she performed “Jesus Loves Me” and “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston to amazed record executives who signed her instantly. Appearing as the opening support for *NSYNC’s 1998 tour paled into insignificance with the release in December 1998 of her first solo single, “…Baby One More Time” which achieved 9 million sales worldwide. She teased in full Catholic-schoolgirl outfit in the memorable video as the debate over sexual exploitation raged.

A hugely successful first album was succeeded by the hit-laden “Oops I did It Again”, a skilful retread of the formula. However, Britney’s private life was beginning to capture as many headlines as her music career. Dating teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake, they make the perfect pop couple until the relationship crashed awkwardly three years later.

A rites-of-passage album Britney suffers under the growing pains trying to find an older audience with “Slave 4 U” and other singles all missing the Top 10. A film appearance in Crossroads and a “joke” marriage to a childhood sweetheart annulled hours later did little to reassure this was not a career in crisis.

In The Zone marked an indisputable return to commercial form with a new adult sound. A duet with her idol Madonna coupled with the show-stopping kiss between the two at the 2003 MTV Music awards confirmed that Britney was rightful owner of the Pop Princess title.


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