Pop princess Britney Spears is the first female pop star since Madonna who has managed to influence so many people of all ages in the pop scene. Britney launched to the pop dome with her debut album Baby One More Time (1999). The album hit the Billboard charts at #1 and sold 125 thousand copies on its first week on the market. It consequently went platinum seven times after seven months.
Britney's personal life is surrounded by many a raised eyebrow. Stunts like the one pulled at the Video Music Awards when she kissed her mentor Madonna, and her short marriage to childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander (marriage lasted 55 hours) only succeeds to add fuel to the flames.
As a young astounding diva, Britney has been linked to several high-profile names such as Prince William and former N'Sync vocalist Justin Timberlake. After the break-up with Justin, Britney's romantic story just continued to roll. She was reported dating actor Colin Farrell and Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst. Later in 2004, Britney became engaged and then married former back-up dancer Kevin Federline.
About her desire to have a family, Britney commented, "A lot of people think you should wait till you're older to have kids. I've had a career since I was 16. I have traveled around the world and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven't done so far is experience the closest thing to God and that's having a baby. I can't wait!" Britney was recently reported buying a motherhood swimsuit and to have asked pop idol Madonna to be godmother to her not-yet-conceived baby.
Thirteen-year-old Jamie Lynn, Britney's younger sister, will soon
star in her own new TV series titled Zoey 101. Britney was rumored to be jealous of her sister's rising career. Their mother Lynne stated,
"Since the age difference between Britney and Jamie Lynn is so great, Britney's always taken on a mother figure role to Jamie Lynn." She
added, "There has never been any sibling rivalry between these two and Britney couldn't be more proud of Jamie Lynn and her success."
The Spears' Stars
Childhood and Family:
A Louisiana native, Britney Jean Spears, who would later be known as Britney Spears, is the middle child in the family. Born on December 2, 1981, to building contractor father Jamie Spears and second grade teacher Lynne Spears, Britney has two siblings, sister Jamie Lynn Spears (b. April 4, 1991) and brother Bryan Spears (b. April 19,1977).
At age 2 Britney liked to listen to the radio and by age 3 she was taking jazz, ballet and tap classes. With her skills she often became the group leader and joined dance competitions and regional festivals. Music beckoned and Britney started to show her talent by singing for the choir in the local church as well as being a competitor for TV's Star Search.
5' 4" inches tall Britney was a student of the Professional Performing Arts School in New York. She also attended the Off-Broadway Dance Center in New York, New York and was a member of the televised Mickey Mouse Club.
Britney gained headlines for her brief marriage with early days friend Jason Allen Alexander. Married on January 3, 2004, they later annulled the marriage on January 5, 2004. In the same year, Britney also married ex-backup dancer Kevin Federline on September 18, 2004.
Jamie Lynn, her younger sister, is also attempting to create her own
career. She is included in the cast of Nickelodeon's show All That and recently won a starring role in the TV series Zoey 101.
Britney On Top
Joining an audition for the Disney's Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 8, Britney was refused because of her young age. But a producer noticed her talent and decided to help her by introducing her to an Agent. Three years later Britney again auditioned and nabbed a role as a Mouseketeer, joining such other young wonders as Justin Timberlake, JC of N'Sync, Christina Aguilera, and actor Keri Russel. During this time she also appeared in a number of advertisements and starred in a play titled Ruthless.
When the Mickey Mouse Club was canceled on October 22nd 1994, Britney went back to her hometown in Kentwood. There she lived a more ordinary life and became a local star by being crowned "The Most Beautiful" for her school's Yearbook. Britney, however, started to crave the bigger spotlight.
Britney recorded a demo tape and sent it to a record company in New York. She was offered the chance to join a girl's musical group but turned it down in order to pursue a solo career. After several auditions, fifteen-year-old Britney landed a contract with Jive Records on August 4th 1997. She flew to Sweden for her first album recording, which was produced by Eric Foster White, who also helped to launch such artists as Boyzone and Whitney Houston.
Britney broke into pop's limelight after opening for N'Sync on November 17th, 1998 and secured her pop status by releasing her debut album, Baby One More Time, on January 12th, 1999. The album's title single shot to #1 on the Billboard chart, sold 125 thousands copies in its first week and achieved platinum seven times after seven months. Baby One More Time sold over 20 million copies internationally, promoting Britney to a pop prodigy around the globe.
Britney was seen on the cover of some of the finest fashion magazines such as Allure, Haper's Bazzar, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. She covered the Rolling Stone magazine three times, started with the 1999 issue. Concerns were raised with such groups as the AFA (American Family Association) who felt Britney's exposure was portrayed as a "disturbing mixture of infantile innocence and adult sexuality." Such negative publicity did little to hurt her career. If anything it ignited more media attention toward Britney.
"I've turned from a little nice school girl, into this sexy, slutty seductress and I like it. I like it a lot." Britney Spears.
After performing 55 hit concerts in the US during July of 1999, Britney recorded another hit single, You Drive Me Crazy, which was also the soundtrack for the Drive Me Crazy movie. Baby One More Time spawned other hit singles including Sometimes, Born To Make You Happy, and From The Bottom of My Broken Heart.
Britney released her sophomore album, Oops!...I Did It Again, in 2000. The album, along with its first single Oops!...I Did It Again, sold over 20 million copies and peaked in the worldwide charts. The album also includes several hit singles like Toxic, Lucky, Stronger, and Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know. Subsequently, along with mother Lynne, Britney co-wrote a book titled Heart to Heart.
As her fame skyrocketed, Britney appeared on numerous TV shows and showed up in the headlines of worldwide magazines and newspapers. Early in 2001, Britney performed in the Brazil's Rio festival at the Rock, performed with Aerosmith and N'Sync at the Superbowl half-time show as well as hosted the American Music Awards with LL Cool J. She also landed a multi-million deal with Pepsi in 2001 with artists Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls and Shakira. Britney also recorded the song Right Now - Taste the Victory for the World Cup 2002.
Britney (2001) is Britney's third album in which she portrays herself as a more mature artist and woman. The album, which was produced and written by such prestigious names as The Neptunes, Max Martin, Rami, Riprock 'n' Alex G, Dido, Josh Schwartz and Brian Kierulf from KNS Productions, Rodney Jerkins, Justin Timberlake, Wade Robson and Britney, proved to be another hit with songs like I'm A Slave For You and Overprotected.
In early 2002, Britney sneaked into motion pictures by debuting in Crossroads, starring Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. Crossroads, which tells the tale of three friends heading in different directions, takes its theme song, I'm Not A Girl, Not yet A Woman, from Britney's third album.
Trying something a bit different, Britney appeared as a 3D character in Britney's Dance Beat, manufactured by THQ for Playstation 2, Game Boy Advanced, and PCs.
In The Zone, Britney's fourth album, released such hit singles as Me Against the Music. Released in November 2003, it hit #1 on the charts and sold over 609,000 copies during the first week of release.
Always busy, Britney appeared in Mike Myer's Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) in which she performs her remix Boys, released her Greatest Hits in 2004 and achieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2004, Britney signed a five-year contract to be the "face" for cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden, and this is all for starters.
Britney is on top and from the looks of it; she plans to stay there.
- MTV Europe: Best Female Artist, 2004
- Access Hollywood: Top Star, 2004
- MTV European Music: Best Female Artist, 1999
- MTV European Music: Best New Artist, 1999
- MTV European Music: Best Pop Artist, 1999
- MTV European Music: Best Song, Baby One More Time, 1999
- Center States of U.S.A: Miss Talent, 1990