Britney Spears

Britney Spears

For many of us, we’ve grown up listening to pop legend Britney Spears. From her old school classics to her new electronic sound we’ve watched her grow from the sweet little Disney Channel sweatheart, to one of the feistiest females in pop.

The twenty nine year old was born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana. From a young age Spears wanted to be in the limelight, and she performed in stage productions and TV shows as a child. In 1990 Britney won the talent show Star Search before joining the Disney Channels Mickey Mouse Club along with Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.

In 1997, after the Mickey Mouse Club went off air, Britney signed with Jive Records and released her debut single Hit Me Baby One More Time a year later. Her debut album, by the same title, followed a year later. In 2001 not only did Britney release her third album, Britney, but she expanded her empire outside of the music world and made her first film, Crossroads, as well as signing a two year contract making her the face of drinks giant Pepsi.

Throughout her career Britney, like any A-list celebrity, has struggled to keep her private life out of the media. The world watched as the loveable teen embarked on her relationship with then N Sync star Justin Timberlake. The pair met in 1993 in the Mickey Mouse Club. They split amicably in 2002, blaming the separation on their conflicting schedules.

At 5am on January 3, 2004 in The Little White Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, Britney Spears married her childhood friend, Jason Alexander. Britney wore jeans and a baseball cap and was given away by a Palm Springs Hotel employee. The marriage was annulled 55 hours later.

In June that same year, at the tender age of 22, Britney got engaged to Kevin Federline, who she met in a California Cafe. The two married in October 2004 where the thirty guests dined on chicken wings, ribs and mini chicken burgers. Very down to earth for such a huge star.

Over the course of her career Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful artists in the history of contemporary music. In June 2010 she was ranked fourth in the Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World.

This week Britney broke another record with her latest single Hold it Against Me. According to Billboard 100 chart Britney received 411,000 downloads in the first week, her best ever for a digital release. It is also the largest sales for a track with a female lead vocalist. With her as yet untitled album set for release in March, it looks like Britney is back for good.

It’s easy to see why she’s so rightly nicknamed the princess of pop. As well as having seventeen number one singles and eight albums, Britters has kissed Madonna live on stage, written three books, put her name to nine perfumes, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and through it all, been a mother to her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Britney Spears is currently said to be worth $150million, and all before the age of 30. We salute you Britney.

Female First- Rachael Patan

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