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|Britney Jean Spears|
Britney Spears performing in 2009
|Birth name||Britney Jean Spears|
|Born||December 2, 1981|
|Origin||Kentwood, Louisiana, USA|
|Genres||Pop, dance, R&B, hip hop|
|Years active||1996–1997 (group)
Early success and rise to fame [change]
Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, about 25 miles away from where she grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. Her parents are James (Jamie) and Lynne Spears. She has an older brother, Bryan (born 1977) and a younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991). Ever since Spears was very young she liked to sing, dance and act so she took lessons. She also did gymnastics and she was very good at it. When She was eight, she tried out for a TV program for children called the New Mickey Mouse Club. She was great, but too young. Every summer for the next three years, she went to a school for performing arts in New York City. It was a long way from home for a young child, her mother and baby sister from a small town to go but Spears' family believed in her. At the age of 11, Spears tried out once again for the Mickey Mouse Club and was on the show from 1993-1994. It was filmed in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Others on the show during this time were singers Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and JC Chasez (who would later be members of the band *NSYNC), and actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. After the Mickey Mouse Club ended in 1994, Spears went back to her hometown, Kentwood, and went to high school. In 1995 and 1996, she was voted Junior High School Most Beautiful. Britney liked her home but really wanted to sing and dance again. In 1997 she joined a girl group called Innosense but she wanted to be a solo singer. Later that year, 16 year old Spears was signed by Jive Records.
Continued success [change]
Spears is currently the 8th best selling female artist in America and has sold 83 million records worldwide. She has one Grammy, three MTV Video Music Awards, and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has had four #1 songs: "Baby One More Time", "Womanizer", "3", and "Hold It Against Me".
Her 6th album 'Circus' was released on her birthday, December 2, 2008. It reached number one in the United States and many other countries. Four singles were released from that album: Womanizer, Circus, If U Seek Amy and Radar. On November 10, 2009, she released a second greatest hits compilation 'The Singles Collection' featuring 17 hits including the new first single "3". A special box set featured all of her singles in their original separate sleeves and included at least 1 remix or b-side.
She wrapped up her successful 'The Circus Starring Britney Spears' at the end of 2009. During her extended break, she has been slowly recording new songs for her 7th studio album, 'Femme Fatale'. The album has had three singles so far: "Hold It Against Me", "Till The World Ends", and "I Wanna Go". She is now promoting 'Femme Fatale' on her 'Femme Fatale Tour' with American singer/rapper Nicki Minaj.
Spears has made nine albums, six of which are studio albums, and three compilations:
- ...Baby One More Time (1999)
- Oops!... I Did It Again (2000)
- Britney (2001)
- In the Zone (2003)
- Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004)
- B In The Mix: The Remixes (2005)
- Blackout (album) (2007)
- Circus (2008)
- The Singles Collection (2009)
- Femme Fatale (2011)
In 2002, Spears played the lead role, Lucy Ann Wagner, in the movie Crossroads.
She also had a small role in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002.
Family life [change]
On September 18, 2004, Spears married Kevin Federline. They had a son together on September 14, 2005 named Sean Preston Spears Federline. On September 12, 2006, Britney gave birth to her second child, another son named Jayden James Spears Federline.
In November 2006, Spears filed for divorce from Federline.
In September of 2007, Spears lost some custody of her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, to her ex-husband, Federline.
At the beginning of January 2008, Spears lost full custody of her children after a mental breakdown. The media reported mostly on Britney Spears' mental issues and custody battle with Federline.
Since February 2008, her father has taken control of her estate and has helped Spears to get her life back to normal.
Spears currently has 50/50 custody of her two sons.
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