Is an American singer and entertainer.
Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana as a Southern Baptist. Her parents are Lynne Irene (née Bridges), and Jamie Parnell Spears,. Spears has two siblings, Bryan and Jamie Lynn. Spears was an accomplished gymnast, attending gymnastics classes until age nine and competing in state-levelcompetitions. She performed in local dance revues and sang in her local Baptist church choir. Spears entered New York City's Professional Performing Arts School when she was eight.
At age eight, Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel series The New Mickey Mouse Club. Although she was considered too young to join the series at the time, a producer on the show introduced her to a New York Cityagent. Spears subsequently spent three summers at NYC's Professional Performing Arts School and also appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions. She was an understudy in the 1991 off-Broadway musical Ruthless! In 1992, she landed a spot on the popular television show Star Search. She won the first round of competition, but ultimately lost. At age eleven, Spears returned to the Disney Channelfor a spot on The New Mickey Mouse Club in Lakeland, Florida She was featured on the show from 1993 to 1994, until she was 13. After the show ended, Spears returned to Kentwood and attended high school for a year.
In 1997, Spears briefly joined the all-female pop group innosense. Later that same year, she recorded a solo demo and was signed by Jive Records. She began a U.S. concert toursponsored by American teen magazines, and eventually became an opening act for 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
Spears released her debut single, "...Baby One More Time", in October 1998 which peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1999 and topped the chart for two weeks.
In late 1999, Spears appeared in the teen sitcom, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and performed the song "(YouDrive Me) Crazy"; In December 1999, she won four Billboard Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year. A month later, she received the Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist award at the American Music Awards.
Following the success of her previous album, Spears released the album Oops!... I Did It Again in May 2000. It debuted at number one in the U.S.
Spears released her third studio album Britney inNovember 2001. In the album, she assumed some creative control by co-writing five tracks.
In early 2002, Spears's four-year relationship with Justin Timberlake ended.. June 2002 saw the opening of Spears's restaurant, Nyla, in New York City, which served Louisianan and Italian cuisine.. Nyla officially closed in 2003. In the same year, Fred Durst confirmed that he was in a relationship withSpears. Durst was also hired to help write and produce tracks for her album In the Zone.
Spears had her first starring role in the 2002 film Crossroads, in which she portrayed a high school graduate who travels to find her long-lost mother., Spears also made cameo appearances in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Longshot.
Spears made her third consecutive MTV Video Music Awards performance. Whileperforming "I'm a Slave 4 U", she used caged animals . Her career success was highlighted by Forbes magazine in 2002 as Spears was ranked the world's most powerful celebrity, earnings of over $39.2 million . On October 7, 2002, "People Magazine declared that, Spears sold 52 million albums worldwide in the last four years and making between $40 million and $50 million a year as a result.
Spearsmarried childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander on January 3, 2004, at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted 55 hours, ending with an annulment
In September 2004, Spears, although being raised a Baptist, became involved in the Kabalah However, she publicly left the religion in 2006, stating on her website, "I no longer study Kabbalah, my baby is my religion.