Britney Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, dancer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she
performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. Spears’s first and second studio albums,
…Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!… I Did It Again (2000), became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo
artist. Title tracks “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her self-titled third studio album,
Britney, and played the starring role in the film Crossroads (2002). She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003), which yielded the
worldwide success of the “Toxic” single.
In 2007, Spears’s much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, and spawned hits such
as “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still
ongoing conservatorship. Spears’s sixth studio album, Circus (2008), included global chart-topping lead single “Womanizer”. Her seventh studio album, Femme
Fatale (2011), became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her eighth studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears
began the four-year residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Spears is regarded as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. She became the ‘best-selling teenage artist of all time’
and garnered honorific titles including the “Princess of Pop”. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV
Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, ten Billboard Music Awards including the Billboard Millennium Award and a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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