Britney Spears BioBritney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1982, in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana. She began performing as a singer and dancer at a young age and made a nationally televised appearance on Star Search. She was turned down by the New Mickey Mouse Club at age 8 but tried out again 3 years later and made the cast.
"I don't really have time to sit down and write. But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it, so I won't forget it." ~ Britney
Unfortunately, her taste of the big time was short lived and the show was canceled after Spears' second season. After spending one year back in Kentwood as a normal 14 year old, she returned to New York where she had previously attended the Professional Performing Arts School. She began auditioning for pop bands and actively promoted herself through various means. One of her demo tapes came to the attention of an executive at Jive Records. This landed her a deal.
Eric Foster White and Max Martin, two industry giants, orchestrated Spears' debut. Her first single, ...Baby One More Time, fueled by a video in which she dressed up as an innocent but sexy Catholic school girl, jettisoned to the top of the pop charts.
Spears adopted more mature and provocative themes for her next two studio albums, Britney (2001) and In the Zone (2003), and made her feature film debut in a starring role in Crossroads (2002). Following a series of heavily publicized personal struggles and erratic public behavior, Spears' career was interrupted before the release of her fifth studio album Blackout (2007), which is often critically referred to as her best work. Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations led Spears to be placed on a still ongoing conservatorship. She returned to the top of record charts with her sixth and seventh studio albums, Circus (2008) and Femme Fatale (2011). In 2012, Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid female musician of the year, with earnings of $58 million, having last topped the list in 2002. During the promotion of her eighth and ninth studio albums, Britney Jean (2013) and Glory (2016), Spears embarked on a four-year concert residency, Britney: Piece of Me, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Spears's range of commercial deals and products also includes beauty care products and perfumes. She released her first perfume with Elizabeth Arden, Curious in 2004, which broke the company's first-week gross for a perfume. By 2009, she had released seven more perfumes including Fantasy. In 2010, Spears released her eighth fragrance, Radiance. In March 2011, company Brand Sense filed a lawsuit against Spears and Elizabeth Arden seeking $10 million in damages, claiming that the singer and her father, Jamie, stopped paying their thirty-five percent commission that was agreed as part of the contract terms. In July 2011, a Los Angeles judge denied the request by the company lawyers, claiming the fact that Spears is still under conservatorship. Brand Sense, however, stated that they would appeal the decision. In 2011, Radiance was re-issued as a new perfume titled Cosmic Radiance. Worldwide, Spears sold over one million bottles in the first five years, with gross receipts of $1.5 billion. In 2016, Spears contacted Glu Mobile to create her own role-playing game, Britney Spears: American Dream. The app officially launched in May 2016 and is compatible with IOS and Android. On June 17, 2016, Spears announced the release of her twentieth fragrance, Private Show. As of January 2018, Spears has released 24 fragrances through Elizabeth Arden.¹
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