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 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American                             Britney Spears
 pop singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and author.

 She is best known for her studio albums, music videos, and
 songs such as "...Baby One More Time", "Oops!...I Did It
 Again", "I'm a Slave 4 U" and the Grammy Award-winning
 "Toxic".[1] In the early 2000s, Spears' success as a singer led her
 way to high-profile advertising deals and endorsements, as well
 as forays into other forms of media, including film and reality
 television. Her third and fourth albums, Britney and In the Zone,
 were released during this era. In 2004, she married back-up
 dancer and aspiring rap artist Kevin Federline, and the following
 year she gave birth to their first son, Sean Preston. Their second
 son, Jayden James, was born in 2006. Spears filed for divorce
 from Federline on November 7, 2006 citing irreconcilable               Britney Spears performing at the Staples Center in Los
                [2]                                                                 Angeles, California, in 2004.
                                                                                  Background information
 Spears has sold over seventy-six million records worldwide            Birth name Britney Jean Spears
 according to Time magazine.[3] The RIAA ranks her as the              Born         December 2, 1981
 eighth best-selling female artist in American music history,                            Kentwood, Louisiana, United
 having sold thirty-one million albums in the U.S.[4]                  Genre(s)     Pop, dance
                                                                       Years active 1996 – present
                                                                       Label(s)     Jive
  Contents                                                             Website (http://
         1 Biography
               1.1 Childhood and discovery
               1.2 1998–2000: Early commercial success
               1.3 2001–2003: Career achievements
               1.4 2004–2006: Marriages, children and
               1.5 2007: Personal struggles and career
         2 Movies and television
         3 Discography
               3.1 Albums
               3.2 DVDs
               3.3 Number-one singles
         4 Products
         5 See also                                                                 29/06/2007 20:50:38
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        6 References
        7 External links

 Childhood and discovery

 Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi,[5] and raised Southern Baptist.
 Her parents are James Parnell Spears, a building contractor, and Lynne Irene
 Bridges, a former grade school teacher. Spears' brother, Bryan, is one of her
 managers, and her sister, Jamie-Lynn, is an actress and singer. Her maternal
 grandmother, Lillian Woolmore,[6] was an English war-bride, who met Spears'
 maternal grandfather, Barnett O'Field Bridges, in England during World War II,
 and subsequently moved with him to the United States. Her paternal grandparents
 were June Austin Spears and Emma Jean Forbes.[7][6]

 Spears was an accomplished gymnast, attending gymnastics classes until age nine          Britney in The New Mickey
                                                                                              Mouse Club, 1993.
 and competing in state-level competitions. She performed in local dance revues
 and her local Baptist church choirs, and was auditioning for the Disney Channel's
 The New Mickey Mouse Club by the time she was eight. Although she was considered too young to join the series at
 the time, a producer on the show introduced her to a New York 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 Star Search, and though she won the first round, she lost in the
 second.[8] Spears then returned to the Disney Channel for a spot on the New Mickey Mouse Club and was accepted.
 She was featured in the 1993–94 seasons from the ages of eleven to thirteen. Other performers on the show
 included fellow pop singer Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Joshua Chasez, who later became members
 of the pop group 'N Sync, Keri Russell, and actor Ryan Gosling.[9] After the show ended, Spears went back home
 to Kentwood, Louisiana and entered high school at 14 where she had her last bit of normalcy.[10]

 Spears briefly joined the all-female pop group Innosense. She later decided to go solo and a few years later recorded
 a demo tape, which landed in the hands of Jive Records. She was signed to that label and began touring American
 venues for a series of concerts sponsored by American teen magazines, before joining *NSYNC and becoming their
 opening act.

 1998–2000: Early commercial success
                                      Towards the end of 1998, Spears's debut single "...Baby One More Time" hit
                                      the airwaves. Accompanied by a music video that featured the pop princess in
                                      a school uniform, the song became an international success, earning double
                                      platinum sales and going to number one in the UK, and a large number of
                                      countries throughout the world. Her first solo single achieved nine million
                                      sales worldwide.[11] The debut album of the same title was released in January
                                      1999,...Baby One More Time reached number one in the Billboard 200.[12]                                                          29/06/2007 20:50:38
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                                        The album received mixed reviews; All Music Guide gave it 4 out of 5 stars,
                                        while Rolling Stone gave it 2 out of 5 stars and wrote, "While several Cherion-
                                        crafted kiddie-funk jams serve up beefy hooks, shameless schlock slowies,
                                        like "E-Mail My Heart," are pure spam."[13][14] The magazine later featured
                                        Spears on the April 1999 cover which along with a photo shoot triggered
                                        speculation that the still-seventeen-year-old had had breast implants which she
                                        denied.[15] The success of her music coupled with her controversial image had
                                        made her one of the year's biggest stars. Her first album brought her various
  Spears clad in a school uniform in
   the video for "...Baby One More      awards and nominations. In December, she took home four Billboard Music
            Time" (1998)                Awards including one for Female Artist of the Year, and the next month won
                                       for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist at the American Music Awards.[16] At the
                                       2000 Grammy Awards, Spears received two nominations, including one for
 Best New Artist which she lost out to Christina Aguilera, and another for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for
 "...Baby One More Time."

 Following the success of her debut, Spears was ready for her second album. Her second album, Oops!... I Did It
 Again, debuted at number one in the U.S., where it sold 1,319,193 units during its first week, the record for biggest
 first-week sales of an album by any female artist.[17] Concerning both musical content and sales, the album was
 very similar to Spears's debut, although it fared better with critics.[18] The album's lead single, "Oops!... I Did It
 Again" broke a record for most radio station additions in a single day, and quickly became a U.S. top ten hit and
 number one single in other countries such as the UK.[19] Spears kicked off her first world tour, the Oops!... I Did It
 Again World Tour, in the summer of 2000. During a performance at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, she
 ripped off a black suit to reveal a provocative nude-colored and crystal-adorned outfit that generated controversy.
     She finished the year with two Billboard Music Awards,[21] and received two Grammy nominations for Oops!...
 I Did It Again in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

 2001–2003: Career achievements                                         Audio samples:

                                                                                         "...Baby One More Time" (1999) (file
 Spears's success had made her notable in the music industry as
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 of Pepsi who gave Spears a multi-million dollar promotional                             jorbis/
 deal which included numerous television commercials, point-of-                          JOrbisPlayer.php?path=BabyOneMo
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                                                                                                 Britney Spears' first major hit
 company.[22]                                                                                    single worldwide.

                                                                                         "Oops!... I Did It Again" (2000) (file
 Spears released her third studio album in November 2001.
                                                                                         info) —     play in browser (http://
 Britney was the first album on which Spears assumed some                      
 creative control co-writing five of the album's tracks. It had a                        jorbis/
 successful debut at number one in the U.S. selling 745,744                              JOrbisPlayer.php?path=OopsIDitItA
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 units during its first week, and making her the only female artist                              Britney Spears's lead single from
 in SoundScan history to have her first three albums debut at                                    her second album Oops!... I Did It
 number one.[23][24] The album fared well with critics such as All
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 Music Guide who gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars describing the
                                                                                         media help.
 album's title tracks as being "pivotal moments on Britney
 Spears' third album, the record where she strives to deepen her                                                                     29/06/2007 20:50:38
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 persona, making it more adult while still recognizably Britney."[25] In contrast Rolling Stone said of the album
 "Britney belabors the obvious: Spears is one month away from entering her twenties and clearly needs to grow up if
 she's going to bring her fans along."[26] The singles didn't perform as well; Britney's lead single I'm a Slave 4 U was
 able to peak at 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the album's biggest hit.[27] To help promote the album,
 Spears embarked on the Dream Within a Dream Tour in November of 2001. The tour hit a sour note in Mexico City
 when she was forced to cut her last show short due to bad weather and upsetting her audience.[28]

  Audio samples:                                             With the end of the tour, Spears announced she would take a six

                   "I'm a Slave 4 U" (2001) (file info) —
                                                             month break from her career.[29] Earlier that year, Spears' four-
                       play in browser (http://              year relationship with Justin Timberlake ended.[30] Speculation
                      that Spears had been unfaithful began circulating due to
                   jorbis/                                   Timberlake's 2002 song "Cry Me a River" and its subsequent
                   Sample.ogg&wiki=en) (beta)                music video.[31] The song's music video showed an actress
                          Britney Spears' lead single from
                                                             playing what could be construed as a Britney look-alike with
                          her third album Britney.
                                                             certain physical features resembling Spears. The video also
                   "Toxic" (2003) (file info) —  play        featured an actual photo taken of Spears and Timberlake
                   in browser (http://                       standing together. It can clearly be seen in the video when
                   jorbis/                                   Timberlake kicks the cracked picture frame holding the picture
                   JOrbisPlayer.php?path=ToxicSampl          towards the camera, because the director freeze framed the shot.
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                          Britney Spears' comeback single    Timberlake has denied that it was meant to portray Britney.[32]
                          which entered at number-one in     Britney's break seemed to have ended when she returned to the
                          the UK Singles Chart.              spotlight in August 2003. In a performance at the MTV Video
                   Problems playing the files? See           Music Awards, Spears appeared with Christina Aguilera
                   media help.                               performing the song "Like a Virgin" and both girls were later
                                                             joined by Madonna. Spears locked lips with Madonna in a
                                                             highly-publicized kiss.[33][34][35]

 In a September 2003 interview with Tucker Carlson of CNN, on the subject of the 2003 Iraq War, Spears said,
 "Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you
 know, and be faithful in what happens."[36] The footage of this quote later appeared in Michael Moore's
 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

 November 2003 saw the release of Spears's fourth studio album, In the Zone.
 Jettisoning the Max Martin-produced synthpop of her earlier releases, the album
 took in lesser-known producers such as RedZone and big names including Moby
 and R. Kelly. Spears co-wrote eight of the album's thirteen songs and co-produced
 some of her material for the first time. In the Zone went to the top of the U.S.
 charts in its debut week, selling over 609,000 copies. This made Spears the only
 female in music history to have her first four studio albums debut at number one.
     The album had a mild reception from critics. Stylus Magazine gave the album
 a D and even blamed her career choices saying, "Ultimately, In the Zone suffers
 greatly from Britney's uneasy transition from teen tart to sexually powerful
 woman. Had Britney been in charge of her career direction instead of mercilessly
 prostituted by her management, she might have been able to produce something                                                                   29/06/2007 20:50:38
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 with some semblance of musical vision."[38] The Guardian praised the albums
 melodies and her effort giving it 4 out of 5 stars and writing, "Unlike previous
 Britney albums, In the Zone has no filler and no shoddy cover versions, just 57
 varieties of blue-chip hit-factory pop. There is southern hip-hop, deep house,
 Neptunes-style R&B, the ubiquitous Diwali beat and, most importantly, oodles of
 Madonna."[39] The album spawned the international number one and U.S. top ten
 hit single, "Toxic", which won Spears her first Grammy in the category of Best
 Dance Recording.[1]

 2004–2006: Marriages, children and divorce
 Spears married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander on January 3, 2004 at The
 Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.[40] The marriage lasted fifty-five                  Spears performing in
 hours, ending with an annulment granted on January 5 which stated that Spears                   September 2003.
 "lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of
 agreeing to marriage because before entering into the marriage the Plaintiff and
 Defendant did not know each other's likes and dislikes, each others' desires to have or not have children, and each
 other's desires as to State of residency".[41][42]

 Months after the Las Vegas incident, Spears embarked on The           Audio samples:
 Onyx Hotel Tour which was cancelled in June, after Spears
 injured her knee during the filming of the video for the single                        "My Prerogative" (2004) (file info)
                                                                                        —       play in browser (http://
 "Outrageous". An MRI showed floating cartilage in her knee.[43]              
 Throughout this time she began a relationship with Kevin                               jorbis/
 Federline and in July 2004, Spears announced her engagement                            JOrbisPlayer.php?path=MyPrerogati
                                                                                        veSample.ogg&wiki=en) (beta)
 three months after they met. Federline had very recently been in                              Originally song by Bobby Brown
 a relationship with actress Shar Jackson, who was at the time                                 and the lead of Spears' first
                                                                                               Greatest Hits album.
 pregnant with his second child.[44] These initial stages were
 chronicled in Spears' first reality show Britney & Kevin:                              "Do Somethin'" (2005) (file info) —
                                                                                            play in browser (http://
 Chaotic, which aired on UPN during May and June of 2005.[45]                 
 On the night of September 18, 2004, Spears married Federline                           jorbis/
 in a surprise, non-denominational ceremony at a residence in                           JOrbisPlayer.php?path=DoSomethin
                                                                                        Sample.ogg&wiki=en) (beta)
 Studio City, California, filing legal papers on October 6, 2004.                              The last single from Britney
 [46][47]                                                                                      Spears' greatest hits album.

                                                                                        Problems playing the files? See
 After the marriage Spears announced via her website that she                           media help.
 would be taking another career break in order to start a family.
      Her artistic career did remain low profile only releasing her
 first hits collection, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. The album debuted at number four on the U.S. charts and
 featured three new songs, including "My Prerogative".[49] Britney stood by her intent of starting a family; and seven
 months after her marriage she chose her website to announce her pregnancy writing, "the time has finally come to
 share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together.”[50] Britney gave birth to her first child, son
 Sean Preston Federline, on September 14, 2005 in Santa Monica, California by a scheduled caesarean section.[51]                                                                   29/06/2007 20:50:38
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 A few months after giving birth to Sean, speculation about Spears being pregnant for a second time began to swirl.
        In May 2006, she announced her second pregnancy with an appearance on The Late Show with David
 Letterman.[53] Spears appeared on Dateline NBC the next month to discuss tabloid rumors about an impending
 divorce, and motherhood. She addressed an incident which occurred in February 2006 when photos revealed her
 driving with her son unrestrained in her lap,[54] explaining, "I see a bunch of photographers and I’m scared and I
 want to get out of the situation... They’re coming up on the sides of the car which is a scary situation for me... so I
 get my baby out of the car and I go home.”[55] The month following the televised interview, Spears posed nude for
 the August 2006 cover of Harper's Bazaar. In the accompanying interview, Spears stated that she is not ready to
 retire from performing.[56][57]

 Just two days shy of Sean's first birthday, Spears gave birth to her second son Jayden James Federline on September
 12, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.[58] Spears filed for divorce from Federline November 7, 2006 citing
 irreconcilable differences and asking for both physical and legal custody of their two children, with visitation rights
 for Federline.[2] Laura Wasser has been hired to represent Spears in the case.[59] According to a representative for
 Federline's lawyer, the divorce filing "caught Kevin totally by surprise."[60] Finally, on March 29, 2007, Spears and
 Federline reached a settlement, "All parties signed a global settlement agreement on all issues concerning their
 marriage and custody of their two children," said Michael Sands, spokesperson for Federline's lawyer, Mark
 Vincent Kaplan.[61]

 2007: Personal struggles and career activities

 In January, Spears lost her aunt Sandra Bridges Covington, with whom she was very close, after a long battle with
 breast cancer.[62] On February 16, 2007, Spears entered an off-shore drug rehabilitation facility in Antigua. She
 stayed, however, for less than twenty-four hours.[63] The following night, Spears went to a haircutting studio in
 Tarzana, California and subsequently shaved her own hair off with clippers.[64] A few days later, on February 20,
 2007, Spears admitted herself to a treatment facility in Malibu, California. A statement by her manager read, "We
 ask that the media respect her privacy as well as those of her family and friends at this time."[65] She left the facility
 briefly but returned on February 22, 2007.[66] The previous day Kevin Federline had requested an emergency
 hearing regarding the custody of his children with Spears but his attorney announced that his client asked to cancel
 the court appearance. No further explanation was given.[67] Spears left rehab on March 20 according to her
 manager who said she was released after "successfully completing their program".[68] Spears has been recording a
 new album with producers Sean Garrett and Jonathan Rotem among others.[69][70]

 In May 2007, Spears produced a mini-tour for the House of Blues which included four live performances across
 California locations, San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and one in Las Vegas. Those in attendance reported that
 she did not actually perform the songs live in the fifteen minute show, but danced and lip synced to recorded
 accompaniment of 5 previous hit songs.[71][72] On May 19, Britney performed the House of Blues concert in
 Orlando, Florida as part of her "comeback plan" under the name of The M and M's. Even though she suffered brief
 audio problems while performing "Do Somethin'", where her vocals began skipping, Spears went on with the show
 as planned.[73][74] On May 20, Spears did another show in Miami at club Mansion.                                                               29/06/2007 20:50:38
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 Movies and television
 Spears attended NYC's Professional Performing Arts School for three summers when she was eight years old and
 performed in 1991's Ruthless! and other off-Broadway productions. When she was eleven, she joined the The New
 Mickey Mouse Club where she was featured from 1991–93. In the show she appeared in various sketches and
 musical videos which mostly displayed her comedic and singing abilities.[8][9]

 Spears had her first starring role in the 2002 film, Crossroads where she played Lucy, a Louisiana high school
 graduate who decides she wants to find her long-lost mother in Arizona, and takes along her two friends who wish
 to visit California. The movie, along with Spears's performance in it, was poorly received by critics who mostly saw
 it as an advertisement for Britney's music and endorsments.[75] Crossroads still managed to debut at number two on
 the box-office charts in its first weekend. The film ended up making over US$60 million worldwide, about five
 times its budget of US$12 million.[76] Spears netted herself a Razzie Award for Worst Actress and for Worst
 Original Song "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman".[77] Also in films Spears has made cameo appearances in Austin
 Powers in Goldmember in 2002 as herself, and Longshot 2000 as a Flight Attendant.[78]

 On March 30, 2006, Spears was a guest-star on an episode of NBC's television show Will & Grace titled "Buy, Buy
 Baby". She played "Amber-Louise", a closeted lesbian posing as a conservative Christian who is to co-host with
 Jack McFarland on his talk show "JackTalk". NBC received criticism from conservative Christian groups for the
 episode.[79][80] The episode was the third highest rated in the final season of the series.[81]

 In addition, she has appeared on Saturday Night Live both as host and musical guest twice: once on May 13, 2000,
 then again on February 2, 2002.[82] At eighteen, she was the youngest person in SNL history to have acting and
 musical performing duties on the same show.


 Albums                                                       DVDs
         1999: ...Baby One More Time                                  1999: Time Out with Britney Spears
         2000: Oops!... I Did It Again                                2000: Live and More!
         2001: Britney                                                2001: Britney: The Videos
         2003: In the Zone                                            2002: Live from Las Vegas
         2004: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative                          2004: In the Zone
         2005: B in the Mix: The Remixes                              2004: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
         2007: Britney Spears' fifth studio album

 Number-one singles

                                                                          Peak positions [85][86]
  Year              Single
                                        WORLD        U.S.        UK          CAN        AUS         GER       FRA
  1998 "...Baby One More Time"             1           1          1            1          1          1         1                                                               29/06/2007 20:50:38
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         "(You Drive Me) Crazy"            1          10          5         13         12          4            2
  1999                                                 not                              not
         "Born to Make You Happy"          1        released
                                                                  1         21       released
                                                                                                   3            9

         "Oops!...I Did It Again"          1           9          1          4          1          2            4
         "Lucky"                           2          23          5         50          3          1           16

  2003 "Me Against the Music"              1          35          2          2          1          5           11
         (feat. Madonna)
         "Toxic"                           1           9          1          1          1          4            3
         "Everytime"                       1          15          1          2          1          4            2
         Total Number-one hits             7           1          5          2          5          2            1

 See also
         List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
         List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
         List of best-selling albums worldwide
         List of best-selling music artists
         List of number-one dance hits (United States)

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                  Studio albums: ...Baby One More Time · Oops!... I Did It Again · Britney · In the
                                             Zone · Fifth studio album

                      Other albums: Greatest Hits: My Prerogative · B in the Mix: The Remixes

                     Singles: "...Baby One More Time " · "Sometimes" · "(You Drive Me) Crazy" ·
                   "Born to Make You Happy" · "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" · "Oops!...I
                   Did It Again" · "Lucky" · "Stronger" · "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" · "I'm a
                   Slave 4 U" · "Overprotected" · "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" · "I Love Rock
                         'N Roll" · "Anticipating" · "Boys" · "Me against the Music" · "Toxic" ·
                  "Everytime" · "Outrageous" · "My Prerogative" · "Do Somethin'" · "Someday (I Will
                                Understand)" · "And Then We Kiss (Junkie XL Remix)" ·

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