Britney Spears

Born 2 December 1981.
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Britney Spears and Grimmy!

Listen to Britney as she chats to Grimmy and munches down on some peanut butter on toast.

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Biography

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. Spears's first and second studio albums, ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her self-titled third studio album, Britney, and played the starring role in the film Crossroads (2002). She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003), which yielded the worldwide success of the "Toxic" single.

In 2007, Spears's much-publicized personal struggles sent her career into hiatus. Her fifth record, Blackout, was released later that year, and spawned hits such as "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still on-going conservatorship. Spears's sixth album, Circus (2008), included global chart-topping lead single "Womanizer". Its supporting tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears was one of the highest-grossing global concert tours in 2009. Later that October, "3" became Spears's third single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale (2011), became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States: "Hold It Against Me", "Till the World Ends" and "I Wanna Go". She also served as a judge during the second season of the American version of The X Factor. Spears's eponymous eighth studio album Britney Jean was released in 2013; it spawned the top 15 hit "Work Bitch", however it became the lowest-selling record of her career. Later that year, Spears began the...

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  1. Review of Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale 2011

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    An inconsistent seventh set, but home to at least five bona-fide Britney classics.
  2. Review of The Singles Collection

    The Singles Collection 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Essential pieces of the past ten years of pop history.
  3. Review of Circus

    Circus 2008

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Echoes its title through the album with unnerving beats and creepy riffs.
  4. Review of Blackout

    Blackout 2007

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    If she can successfully co-ordinate this magic live on-stage, fans will soon be in for...
  5. Review of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative

    Greatest Hits: My Prerogative 2004

    Reviewed by Annabel Leathes
    The album is as calorific as the KFC burgers dished up at her chav-style wedding;...
  6. Review of In The Zone

    In The Zone 2003

    Reviewed by Ruth Mitchell
    The Moby produced 'Early Morning' is the standout track on this collection. Its...