Biography ,works and achievement of Britney spears
Britney Jean Spears born December 2, 1981 is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Spears is regarded as a pop icon and is credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s, for which she is referred to as the ” Princess of Pop “. Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi , the second child of Lynne Irene Bridges and James Parnell Spears. Her maternal grandmother, Lillian Portell, was English (born in London), and one of Spears’s maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese. Her siblings are Bryan James and Jamie Lynn Spears. She was born in the Bible Belt , where socially conservative evangelical Protestantism is a particularly strong religious influence; Spears was baptized as a Southern Baptist and sang in a church choir as a child. As an adult, she has studied Kabbalist teachings. At age three, she started attending dance lessons in her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, and was selected to perform as a solo artist at the annual recital. Spears made her local stage debut at age five, singing “What Child Is This? ” at her kindergarten graduation. During her childhood, she also had gymnastics and voice lessons, and won many state-level competitions and children’s talent shows. She said about her ambition as a child, “I was in my own world, […] I found out what I’m supposed to do at an early age”.
At age eight, Spears and her mother Lynne traveled to Atlanta , Georgia to audition for the 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club . Casting director Matt Casella rejected her as too young, but introduced her to Nancy Carson, a New York City talent agent. Carson was impressed with Spears’s singing and suggested enrolling her at the Professional Performing Arts School ; shortly after, Lynne and her daughters moved to a sublet apartment in New York. Spears was hired for her first professional role as the understudy for the lead role of Tina Denmark in the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless! . She also appeared as a contestant on the popular television show Star Search and was cast in a number of commercials. In December 1992, she was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club alongside Christina Aguilera , Justin Timberlake , Ryan Gosling , and Keri Russell . After the show was canceled in 1996, she returned to Mississippi and enrolled at McComb’s Parklane Academy . Although she made friends with most of her classmates, she compared the school to “the opening scene in Clueless with all the cliques .
After Spears returned to the United States, she embarked on a shopping mall promotional tour to promote her upcoming debut album. Her show was a four-song set and she was accompanied by two back-up dancers. Her first concert tour followed, as an opening act for NSYNC . Her debut studio album, …Baby One More Time, was released on January 12, 1999. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after a month. Worldwide, the album topped the charts in fifteen countries and sold over 10 million copies in a year. It became the biggest-selling album ever by a teenage artist. The title track was released as the lead single from the album. Originally, Jive Records wanted its music video to be animated; however, Spears rejected it, and suggested the final concept of a Catholic schoolgirl. The single sold 500,000 copies on its first day, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 , topping the chart for two consecutive weeks. It has sold more than 10 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Baby One More Time” later received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance . The title track also topped the singles chart for two weeks in the United Kingdom, and became the fastest-selling single ever by a female artist, shipping over 460,000 copies. It would later become the 25th-most successful song of all time in British chart history. Spears is the youngest female artist to have a million seller in the UK. ” (You Drive Me) Crazy” was released as the third single from the album. It became a top-ten hit worldwide and further propelled the success of the …Baby One More Time album. The album has sold 25 million copies worldwide,making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It is the best-selling debut album by any artist.
Oops! – under the cheese surface, Britney’s demand for satisfaction is complex, fierce and downright scary, making her a true child of rock & roll tradition.” The album’s lead single, ” Oops!… I Did It Again”, peaked at the top of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and many other European nations The album as well as the title track received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, respectively. The same year, Spears embarked on the Oops!… I Did It Again Tour , which grossed $40.5 million; she also released her first book, Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart , co-written with her mother. On September 7, 2000, Spears performed at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards . Halfway through the performance, she ripped off her black suit to reveal a sequined flesh-colored bodysuit, followed by heavy dance routine. It is noted by critics as the moment that Spears showed signs of becoming a more provocative performer. Amidst media speculation, Spears confirmed she was dating NSYNC member Justin Timberlake . Spears and Timberlake would both graduate from high school via distance learning from the University of Nebraska High School .
In February 2001, Spears signed a $7–8 million promotional deal with Pepsi , and released another book co-written with her mother, titled A Mother’s Gift . Her self-titled third studio album, Britney, was released in November 2001. While on tour, she felt inspired by hip hop artists such as Jay-Z and The Neptunes and wanted to create a record with a funkier sound. The album debuted at number one in the Billboard 200 and reached top five positions in Australia, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called Britney “the record where she strives to deepen her persona, making it more adult while still recognizably Britney. It does sound like the work of a star who has now found and refined her voice, resulting in her best record yet.” The album was honored with two Grammy nominations Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ” Overprotected” and was listed in 2008 as one of Entertainment Weekly ‘s “100 Best Albums from the Past 25 Years”. The album’s first single, “I’m a Slave 4 U “, became a top-ten hit worldwide.
In August 2003, Spears opened the MTV Video Music Awards with Christina Aguilera , performing “Like a Virgin “. Halfway through they were joined by Madonna, with whom they both kissed. The incident was highly publicized. In 2008, MTV listed the performance as the number-one opening moment in the history of MTV Video Music Awards, while Blender magazine cited it as one of the twenty-five sexiest music moments on television history. Spears released her fourth studio album, In the Zone, in November 2003. She assumed more creative control by writing and co-producing most of the material.
In July 2004, Spears became engaged to American dancer Kevin Federline , whom she had met three months before. The romance received intense attention from the media, since Federline had recently broken up with actress Shar Jackson, who was still pregnant with their second child at the time. The stages of their relationship were chronicled in Spears’s first reality show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic . They held a wedding ceremony on September 18, 2004, but were not legally married until three weeks later on October 6 due to a delay finalizing the couple’s prenuptial agreement. Shortly after, she released her first perfume with Elizabeth Arden , Curious , which broke the company’s first-week gross for a perfume. In October 2004, Spears took a career break to start a family. In February 2006, pictures surfaced of Spears driving with her son, Sean, on her lap instead of in a car seat. Child advocates were horrified by the photos of her holding the wheel with one hand and Sean with the other. Spears claimed that the situation happened because of a frightening encounter with paparazzi, and that it was a mistake on her part. In November 2006, Spears filed for divorce from Federline, citing irreconcilable differences .Their divorce was finalized in July 2007, when the couple reached a global settlement and agreed to share joint custody of their children.
In October 2007, Spears released her fifth studio album, Blackout . The album debuted at the top of charts in Canada and Ireland, number two in the U.S. Billboard 200, France, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom and the top ten in Australia, Korea, New Zealand and many European nations. In the United States, Spears became the only female artist to have her first five studio albums debut at the two top slots of the chart. The album received positive reviews from critics and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Blackout won Album of the Year at MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 and was listed as the fifth Best Pop Album of the Decade by The Times . In November 2009, Spears released her second greatest hits album, The Singles Collection. The album’s lead and only single, ” 3 ” became her third number one single in the U.S. In May 2010, Spears’s representatives confirmed she was dating her agent Jason Trawick, and that they had decided to end their professional relationship to focus on their personal relationship.
On September 3, 2019, it was reported that Spears’ father and conservator allegedly abused her thirteen year old son, Sean Preston. Law enforcement spoke to The Blast to report the incident, stating Kevin Federline filed a police report on August 25. It was later reported that Jamie Spears was reportedly so enraged during a verbal row with his 13-year-old grandson that he broke down a door to get to the young boy, and the incident has sparked a child abuse investigation. Britney then sent her sons back to their father’s home, despite it still being her custodial visit time. Spears’ two sons have since been granted a three year restraining order against their grandfather.