Britney Spears BioBritney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1982, in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana. She began performing as a singer and dancer at a young age and made a nationally televised appearance on Star Search. She was turned down by the New Mickey Mouse Club at age 8 but tried out again 3 years later and made the cast.
"I don't really have time to sit down and write. But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it, so I won't forget it." ~ Britney
Unfortunately, her taste of the big time was short lived and the show was canceled after Spears' second season. After spending one year back in Kentwood as a normal 14 year old, she returned to New York where she had previously attended the Professional Performing Arts School. She began auditioning for pop bands and actively promoted herself through various means. One of her demo tapes came to the attention of an executive at Jive Records. This landed her a deal.
Eric Foster White and Max Martin, two industry giants, orchestrated Spears' debut. Her first single, ...Baby One More Time, fueled by a video in which she dressed up as an innocent but sexy Catholic school girl, jettisoned to the top of the pop charts.
"My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other over-exposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly be your entertainment." ~ Britney
Her first album, also titled ...Baby One More Time, was an instant mega hit. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, went 12 times platinum (it has since sold more than 20 million copies), and won for Britney awards such as Best Female Artist at the 1999 MTV Europe Awards, as well as Best Pop Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Her next album, Oops!...I Did It Again was another monster. Her third, Britney, though successful in its own right, did not approach the standards set by the first two super hits.
In The Zone, her next album, was released in November 2003. It debuted at No. 1 with more than 609,000 copies sold in its first week of release. The first single, Me Against the Music, featured an appearance by Britney's idol, Madonna, who also co-starred in the video. The second hit single off the album was Toxic.
"I've turned from a little nice school girl, into this sexy slutty seductress. And I like it. I like it alot. It's just more me, y'know?" ~ Britney
Followed throughout her career by controversy which she at times fueled, Britney's personal life has been examined and reexamined by writers, news commentators, clergy, parents and even talk show hosts. The controversies did not let up when Britney married her former back-up dancer Kevin Federline on September 18, 2004. Rumors immediately surfaced that it was a staged wedding and that the pair were not actually husband and wife. This was emphatically denied, of course.
On September 14th, 2005 the very married and very pregnant Britney was taken to Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. The 23-year-old entertainer gave birth to a baby boy, Sean Preston Federline, by Caesarean section shortly before 1 p.m. PDT (1700 GMT).
Spears and Federline showed up at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center earlier that day with Spears's mom, Lynn, and sister Jamie in tow. Originally, Britney had been scheduled for a C-section the next day, but the surgery was moved up after she began experiencing early contractions. With her husband at her side, Spears, 23, was wheeled into the operating room, and both parents were crying when the baby was born. Sean Preston weighed in at 6 lbs. 11 oz.
Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on May 9, 2006, Britney announced that she was pregnant with her second child and due in October.
Her divorce from K-Fed was viewed as inevitable by many, but subsequent events like her peep show photos, her head shaving, reported drug use, and the loss of custody of her kids have left fans wondering "What's up with that?" We can only hope that Britney Jean gets her act together and soon.
Britney's album, Blackout, was released on October 30, 2007. "It shows a lot of growth as a performer," said the singer's A&R rep, Teresa LaBarbera Whites.
Meanwhile, Britney's 2009 comeback tour is getting rave reviews from those closest to the singer. With support from her parents, Jamie Lynn, her brother Bryan, and many more friends and family, she kicked off her 36-show concert tour at the New Orleans Arena. Their verdict: "She just nailed it!" As always, we wish Britney the best.
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