Britney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1981 in the small town of Kentwood. By Russian standards, it's not even a town, but a village (1200 people). The family is ordinary: the mother is a teacher, his father is a builder. But they are sympathetic to the early interest in the girl's performances, and at the age of 4 the little Britney sings the song "What Child Is This" in the local church, which becomes her first public performance.
Professional appearances don't start until she turns 8 years old. Then she goes to Atlanta to audition for the Disney Channel Mickey Mouse Club (MMC). However, the judges consider her too young for the show. But one of the producers sees her potential and helps her meet with an agent in New York. She spends the next three summers in the Big Apple, studying at the Broadway Dance Center, and at the Professional Performing Arts School.
At age 11, Britney becomes a full member of MMC for the 1993 - 1994 seasons. The years spent at MMC are pivotal in her destiny. Among the members of this children's show are 12-year-old Justin Timberlake and 16-year-old Joshua "JC" Cheses, future members of the famous band N'Sync. Other alumni of the show include Keri Russell ("Felicity"), singer Christina Aguilera, Nita Booth (Miss Virginia 1998) and Ryan Rosling of Young Hercules.
After MMC closed, Britney returned home and went to high school for a year.
At 13, Britney goes to audition in New York City, and as a result, her demo recording goes to Jeff Fenster of Jive Records. "Her vocal ability and commercial potential immediately impressed me," Jeff said.
Britney begins working in the studio with producer Eric Foster White, who has worked with such luminaries as Boyzone and Whitney Houston in his time. Songwriter Max Martin, known for his work with the Backstreet Boys and other bands, is also included with Britney.
In October 1998, Britney Spears' debut single "...Baby One More Time", written by Max Martin, is released. The song is a huge success, topping the international charts in its first weeks, with worldwide sales of 9 million copies of the single, making the disc double-platinum. The young singer gives a series of concerts at venues in the U.S., supported by several teen magazines. A national tour, supermarket appearances and a supporting role for the boy band 'N Sync follow. The album of the same name is released in January 1999. It starts at number one on the Billboard 200, stays in the top ten for ten weeks and 60 weeks in the top 20. The album goes 15 times platinum and is by far Britney Spears' most successful album to date.
After the release of her first album, Britney Spears becomes a star, an idol for millions of teenagers around the world. The press gives her the title "pop princess". At the same time, 1999 is turning into one of the busiest years of the young singer's career: she releases four more videos for the songs "Sometimes", "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (directed by both Nigel Dick), "From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart" (Gregory Dark), "Born To Make You Happy" (Billy Woodruff). Britney tours the US with the "Baby One More Time" tour, becomes the face of the Tommy Hilfeger Jeans ad campaign, "Got Milk?" in her home country and Suuki candy in Japan.
In 1999, Britney is photographed for the April issue of "Rolling Stone" magazine. The candid photos sparked rumors that the 17-year-old star had breast augmentation surgery. Spears, naturally, denies everything. The success of the album, as well as the controversial image of Britney Spears created by the mass media make her the top star of 1999.
Also in 1999, Britney was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by "People" magazine.
In May 2000 she released her second album: "Oops... I did it again!", which debuted at number one in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and 15 other countries. It goes double platinum in its first week of sales alone! First week sales are 1,319,193 copies, an all-time record.
In the summer of 2000, Britney embarks on her first world tour, "Oops!...I Did It Again World Tour." In 2000, Spears wins 2 Billboards Music Awards, and is nominated for a Grammy in two categories - Best Pop Album and Best Live Performance. She's not the same girl she was three years ago. She's not a girl anymore, but not yet a woman, as she admits in one of the songs ("I`m Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman"). In this transitional period, her songs become somewhat different. Britney prefers to move away from hard pop music and turns her attention to hip-hop and rhythm and blues motifs. And in several compositions there are obvious melodies of the 70's. At the same time Britney actively shoots for glossy magazines, makes commercials and is engaged in charity work.
In the same year, 2000, Britney Spears began an affair with the participant 'N Sync Justin Timberlake.
In February 2001, Britney Spears signed a multi-million dollar contract with Pepsi-Cola and began starring in commercials for the drink. (Britney is said to have made $94 million from commercials with Pepsi). The press constantly discusses her relationship with Justin Timberlake, her rivalry with rival Christina Aguillera, and writes extensively about other things in the singer's personal life.
In November 2001, Spears' third album, Britney, is released. The album debuts at number one in the United States with 745,744 record sales in its first week, making Britney the first artist in history whose first three albums started at the top of the charts. With this album, Britney Spears tries to stick to the image of a mature performer. Although sales of the third album are slightly lower than the previous two albums, in November 2001 it still makes it to the top of the U.S. album charts, though not for long. Immediately after the release of the album, Spears goes on "Dream Within a Dream Tour", at the end of which she announces her upcoming six-month career break.
Later, the singer starred in the movie Crossroads, released in February 2002. That same year, Britney's romance with Timberlake comes to an end. In the fall of 2002 the singer announces that she plans to record several songs for the next new album.
In early 2003, Britney begins recording the album "In The Zone". Madonna, Moby and R. Kelly assisted Spears on the album. The single "Me Against the Music", recorded with Madonna, reaches high positions in all the U.S. charts in the first weeks after its release. Toxic" and "Outrageous" are the biggest hits on the album. With the album "In The Zone" Britney underlines her independence and strengthens her position on the world pop scene.
On the eve of the album's release, on November 17, 2003, the pop princess gets a Star on the Walk of Fame. Britney becomes the youngest ever recipient of the Star.
On November 18, 2003, her fourth solo album, In The Zone, is released. Britney participates in writing eight of the thirteen tracks and also serves as the album's producer. "In The Zone" debuts at number one in the United States, making Britney the first artist in history whose first four albums have started at the top of the charts. She becomes the first singer in SoundScan history whose four consecutive albums have been at No. 1. The first single from this album, "Me Against The Music" becomes the first clip on TRL, MTV2, VH-1 and the Fuse music channel. According to "SoundScan", Britney Spears sells 609,000 copies of her new album in its first week of sales, and it debuts on the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts. Britney becomes the top female sales leader for all of 2003.
The most successful single from the album, "Toxic," earns Britney her first Grammy Award for Best Dance Song. Britney and Madonna's kiss at the 2003 Video Music Awards in 2006 was hailed as the most memorable kiss in history.
In January 2004, Britney shocked the world public with a completely unexpected marriage. Britney's lucky fiancee is her childhood friend Jason Alexander. However, the "newlyweds" get engaged in Las Vegas, under the influence of the moment and, apparently, a certain amount of alcohol. The very next day, Britney and Alexander's marriage is annulled.
After the so-called "joke," Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles, and singer Pink dress up as gladiators for a new Pepsi drink campaign. Enrique Iglesias plays the evil Roman Emperor in the commercial, directed by Tarsem Sing. This commercial becomes one of the most eagerly anticipated and most talked about commercials of all time.
A few months later, Britney goes on her third tour, "The Onyx Hotel Tour." After a few concerts, the tour is canceled as Britney suffers a knee injury on the set of her "Outrageous" music video. It is during this time that Spears meets Kevin Federline. After three months of their relationship, the couple announces their engagement.
Spears and Federline play their wedding on September 18, 2004 in Studio City, California during a private home ceremony, with only a few dozen friends and close family members attending the wedding. The same night is the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, and Britney is hoping that the press will focus all their attention on the music event so that she can get married in secret. The wedding, indeed, came out so secret that relatives, including Britney's mom, don't know about it until the very last minute. Right after getting married, Britney Spears announces that she wants to take another break from her career to devote herself to her family. Only a few weeks after this announcement, the singer plunges into work on a new album.
In November 2004, "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" was released.
Britney Spears always wanted to control her career, and now she fully succeeded. She becomes the co-director of her next music video, "Do Somethin'". The pop princess comes up with the choreography herself and creates a style for everyone using Juicy Couture clothing. "Do Somethin'" is not played on U.S. music channels, and it premieres in the UK.
In April 2005, the announcement appears on Britney Spears' official website that the singer is expecting a baby. And in June, Britney Spears gives the world premiere of the video for her new single "Someday (I Will Understand"). The producer of the song is Guy Singsworth and Britney wrote the song two weeks before she found out about her first pregnancy.Sean Preston, son of Kevin Federline and Britney Spears, is born on September 14, 2005 as a result of a C-section that was planned by the doctors. Just two days after giving birth, Spears and newborn Sean Preston are discharged home from the hospital.
And although Britney decides to become a full-fledged mother to her son, she continues to surprise her fans. On November 13, the singer releases a DVD of the show "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic," which includes all the episodes from the TV show about the life of the couple. Following the release of this video disc, the singer presents a compilation of her official remixes called "B In The Mix: Remixes," which is released November 22, 2005.
On May 9, 2006, Britney stops by the set of The Late Late Show with Jay Luno to announce her second pregnancy. Spears' brief visit comes as a surprise to the audience in the audience. Celebrity magazines and tabloids have speculated for months that Spears was expecting her second child, but the Louisiana native decided to announce it herself on national television. The second pregnancy means that plans to resume the singer's career are once again on hold.
Britney Spears gives birth to her second son on September 12, 2006 in Los Angeles. The baby is also born via a planned cesarean section. Only a month after the birth, Britney finally announces that she has named the boy Jayden James.
Immediately after the birth of her son, Kevin Federline goes on a severe binge. Rumors of divorce between Britney and Federline have been around since the singer's first pregnancy, but then Britney stubbornly denied that there was any discord in her family. Now it's all becoming clear - their marriage is over.
In November 2006, the pop princess filed for divorce. The following months, Britney was in severe depression, which becomes a major nervous breakdown.
On February 15, 2007, Britney Spears checks into a rehab center at the urging of her family and friends, who are very concerned about her excessive partying. However, she refuses to stay there and is discharged the very next day.
On February 16, Britney Spears heads to a hair salon on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley. She cries in her car for a long time before going inside. The superstar walks into Esther's Barber Shop and says she wants to shave her head. Esther Tognosi refuses to help Britney because she fears lawsuits for ruining the pop star's appearance. So the singer grabs a shaving machine herself and shaves her head. She then heads to the Body & Soul tattoo parlor in the San Fernando Valley to get a small tattoo on her thigh and then drives home.
Three days later, after shaving her head, the pop princess returns to rehab. After a month of seclusion in rehab, Britney Spears moves on with her life. The pop star is discharged from the Promise Center after successfully completing the program on March 21. Immediately thereafter, she begins to rebuild her career by attending the Millenium dance complex almost every day.
On August 30, 2007, the song "Gimme More," the first single from Britney Spears' new album, premieres on the waves of New York radio station Z100. The single is released on iTunes on September 24, and on CD on October 29 .
On September 9, 2007, Britney Spears performs "Gimme More" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The performance proves to be unsuccessful. Despite this, in early October 2007, "Gimme More" reaches number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, thus becoming one of Spears' most successful singles.
On October 30, 2007, Britney Spears' fifth studio album, titled "Blackout," is released.
On November 7, Britney filed for divorce. In the lawsuit, Spears did not demand alimony from Federline, but wanted the children to stay with her and for their father to have visitation rights. In March 2007, all disputes were settled, and on July 30, Spears and Federline signed a divorce agreement.
In May 2010, Britney's representatives revealed that she was dating her agent Jason Trawick, and that they had decided to end the business relationship to focus on the personal.
After several years of creative hiatus, Forbes magazine added Britney Spears to its list of influential celebrities at number 13, as she earned $35 million between 2008 and 2009. American music magazine Billboard listed Britney Spears as one of the top 5 highest paid musicians of 2009.
Femme Fatale Tour.
"The Femme Fatale Tour" kicked off June 16, 2011 and is the singer's sixth world tour. Britney will visit the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America.
On September 27, Britney Spears performed in Kyiv with her solo show Femme Fatale. In contrast to the concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg the show in Kiev was marked by a full house! The show lasted for 1.5 hours, with 265 people taking part in it. The amount of light installations used at Britney's concert could have illuminated her hometown three times! The artist also gave one of her most active fans the opportunity to take part in her big show! Britney Spears herself danced beside the lucky man, using the most seductive pas...