Britney Spears: biography
Britney Spears became a star when she was a teenager, winning worldwide fame and popularity with the hits “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! ... I Did It Again”. The American was an idol for thousands of young girls who wanted to be like her. The famous singer is considered to be the creator of a new direction in pop music.
The future star was born on December 2, 1981, in McComb (Mississippi). Lynne Irene Bridges, the mother of Britney, taught children at elementary school and was an aerobics trainer, and James Parnell, the father of the famous singer, served as an engineer and architect and worked as a cook.
Nevertheless, the parents fully supported the hobbies of their daughter and tried to develop her talents. Mother did sports with Britney, in particular, more attention was paid to rhythmic gymnastics, and the young performer was very successful at it. She was often invited to regional competitions. The girl also began singing at a young age, and her parents, having noticed the talent of her daughter, gave her to the choir, which helped develop the vocal abilities. The family soon realized that they did not make the wrong choice.
The girl always dreamed of the career of the performer. While watching the favorite cartoons on television, Britney found out about the casting in the popular children's television program The Mickey Mouse Club. She persuaded her parents to take her to the casting, which she successfully passed. But the producers of the program were embarrassed by the very young age of the participant as she was only eight years old. Yet the organizers of the project risked taking the girl to the show and sent to one of the schools in New York. Since then the climbing of the young star to the musical Olympus has begun.
In fact, she was enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School. The main emphasis during the classes was paid to acting skills, stage performance, and dance. Britney was taught to behave correctly on stage and in public, she even played in theatrical productions several times. At the age of 13, Spears took part in the first professional song contest Star Search, which gave young singers a chance to get through to show business. But she failed, because she could not get to the third round and was forced to accept defeat.
When the girl was 14 years old, the producers decided that she was quite adult and independent to become a participant in their show. Spears met many talented young people there, whose names also became known in the world of music. Britney first met with Christina Aguilera, who in the future would be considered her rival.
A year later the show was closed, and Spears was forced to return to her hometown. She went to a regular school, but she did not intend to give up her dream. She sang over and recorded several songs of Whitney Houston. Her mother gave the tape to lawyer Larry Rudolph, who had close ties to many celebrities. Producers of Jive Records, who previously worked with the alumni of the Mickey Mouse Club, decided to give her a chance and took up Britney’s career.
In 1998, Spears signed her first and most successful contract with the Jive Records company, whose management sent the girl to the recording studio in Stockholm. There the young star worked with the producer Max Martin, who promoted such famous boy bands Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. He offered the girl the song "Hit Me Baby One More Time", and from the first seconds, Britney realized that the song simply must become a hit. It was the start of her active creative biography.
The album ... Baby One More Time was released in January 1999 and immediately became a hit. Critics said different reviews about the album, but Britney's work was a stunning success among ordinary listeners. Her youth, attractiveness, and innocence only added a special charm to the songs that were played by radio all day long. The American has become the idol of millions around the world, who dreamed of being at her concerts.
Most critics still think that this disc is the most successful in the career of the pop singer, nevertheless, other albums have become no less popular.
After a tour around the cities of America in support of her debut album, Britney started recording the second album Oops! ... I Did It Again, which was released in May 2000. Critics' reviews have become unambiguous and positive. The song "Oops! ... I Did It Again" won all world singles charts.
According to Spears, the album turned out to be more mature and adult. It was reflected in the lyrics of songs that became bolder and groovier. More than a million copies of the disc were sold over the first week, which became an absolute record for the US music market for many years.
The popularity of the singer grew dramatically. She was swamped with offers from companies and corporations wishing to see a talented girl as the face of their advertising campaigns. In 2001, Britney signed a contract with the well-known Pepsi company and took part in the filming of a commercial for the multinational corporation, which only contributed to the growth of her fame. The same year she released her third album Britney, but she took a six-month vacation because of the difficult situation in her life.
Britney returned to music only two years later with the album In the Zone, which brought her the first Grammy award for the hit Toxic. The disk was a commercial success, but some critics already began to talk that the pop singer was losing positions. The next album Blackout was a complete failure.
The album Femme Fatale helped Britney to return the former glory, but it turned out on the Internet before the start of selling. The album was very successful and restored the confidence of fans and critics who called the record one of the most successful works of the pop star. The fans of the American singer defined the composition “Criminal” as the main hit of that album.
Britney Spears’s acting career cannot be called successful in comparison with her musical creativity, and some roles in the movies were even a flop. The celebrity did not show much success as a film actress, and she got awards for the worst performance.
The movie Crossroads seemed one of the best films, in which Britney Spears took part and played the role of Lucy Wagner. Many experts predicted her success, but it happened otherwise. In 2002, the American won the Golden Raspberry Award in the category "The worst actress".
The movie tells the story about three friends Lucy, Kit, Mimi. After eight years of separation, they met again, traveling together around the country. They did not know where to go and had no money. But having far-reaching plans the company of friends goes to Ben, the courageous and mysterious friend of Mimi. The girls discover a lot of new things during their tour, realizing the importance of being committed to their dream.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is another film where Britney took part. This movie was also called a real failure in Spears’s acting career.
It should be mentioned that the film caused a rather wide public attention in the United States. American documentarist Michael Moore presented his vision of the situation that developed in the country after the attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York and Washington. American film companies initially refused to release the film, saying that the audience would be shocked by the sad story, and the results of the investigation of journalists about the actions of the George W. Bush administration, 43 US President, would be an unbearable blow to American society and state institutions.
Nevertheless, the film was released, and the interview with Britney Spears, where she said that she trusted the president, would repeatedly be criticized by the representatives of the Democratic Party and opponents of the Head of the American state.
In 2001, there was a run of bad luck in the life of the singer. At first, her beloved grandmother died, and soon her parents decided to divorce. Both events seriously affected the morale of the pop star, and she left the music for a while to cope with the problems. In particular, she had to close her restaurant, which she founded in 2002, due to money problems.
The year 2007 was even harder for Spears as her beloved aunt died of cancer. The singer was so depressed that she even shaved her head.
Her colleagues often criticized such actions of the performer. American singer Katy Perry unsuccessfully joked about Britney during the Grammy Awards ceremony. Commenting on the new color of her hair, she recalled how Britney shaved her head bald because of a nervous breakdown. Perry noted in an ironic manner that she would “leave such an extreme deal for a public nervous breakdown in order to surprise the public”.
Britney’s fans negatively reacted to the words of Katy Perry. Many users in social networks accused the singer of frustration, as well as of moral meanness, saying that joking about the mental health of others has always been considered a sign of ignorance. They advised Katy to apologize to a colleague.
Britney responded to Perry's comments with a quote from the Bible, placing an appropriate post on Instagram.
"Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart" – Britney Spears published on her page.
No less scandalous was the interview of William Spears, the uncle of the American singer. He told representatives of American media about the hard childhood of the pop star. According to William, Britney first tried alcohol at the age of 13 and tried drugs at age 14. The past also affected the career of the singer, because in 2011 the American forbade her dancers to drink alcoholic beverages, use drugs and take her pictures. Under the contract, it was forbidden to photograph Spears or to shoot her on video, and a fine of $ 500 thousand was incurred for violation of the rules.
It should be mentioned that in the summer of 2016, a video with the participation of Hollywood actresses became popular especially on the Internet. WMagazine magazine requested stars to declaim the famous tracks of the singer. Jodie Foster and Priyanka Chopra represented their vision of the pop star's hits.
So, Foster and Chopra got the single “Toxic”. Jody read a piece of the song without any emotion. In turn, Priyanka added lyrics to the already familiar couplet. Users appreciated such an interesting idea of the famous magazine.
Britney Spears now
Britney Spears continues to develop her creative career. In 2016, the singer released the song Slumber Party, which became very popular on YouTube, collected 16.5 million views.
The single was recorded together with a rising star under the pseudonym Tinashe. The new work was appreciated not only by the fans of the star but also by critics.
The single Slumber Party is included in the ninth studio album Glory, which appeared in August 2016. Fans liked the disc, and many said that they would wait new songs and music videos the following year.
The singer was criticized for her body more than once. The fans did not like the fact that the celebrity did not want to do sports. She gained weight and did not try to regain her attractive appearance. After all, the dramatic shift took place, soon the woman lost a lot of weight.
In March 2017, the singer showed new photos, which boasted the result of increased training and diets. Spears published several photos in a sexy yellow bikini on the personal page on Instagram.
Britney has become a public figure since an early age, and her relationship was closely followed. She met with singer Justin Timberlake. They broke up soon after the end of the second world tour. Their relationship lasted for about four years. American tabloids immediately tried to find out the reason for the breakup, suggesting that the whole thing was unfaithfulness. Nevertheless, Britney said in one of her interviews that the star couple simply did not have enough time for each other because of work.
Later, Timberlake often mentioned the name of Britney in his songs. In particular, her name was mentioned in the single BBC of rapper Jay-Z, and it was recorded with the participation of Justin Timberlake. In addition, the American singer repeatedly mentioned her former lover in other singles, saying not very pleasant things about her. Britney’s fans were outraged about it, saying that his behavior was a usual weakness.
In 2004, Spears married Jason Alexander, but the marriage did not last for two days. The singer stated that she was just interested in feeling like a married woman, and the atmosphere of Las Vegas disposed to such a crazy action.
The same year, Britney married Kevin Federline. Two sons were born in the marriage. The singer filed for a divorce after the birth of the second heir and it brought her a lot of trouble. The ex-husband managed to sue Britney for custody of the children on the basis of suspicions of using drugs. The trial lasted for several years, and the children lived with their father for all that time, and Britney had no right even to see them. In 2008, the court transferred custody of Sean and Jayden to the father of the singer.
Spears dated with her agent Jason Trawick for a while, they even got engaged in 2011, but two years later broke up.
From 2013 to 2014, the pop star dated with lawyer David Lucado. She confirmed rumors about their breakup through social networks and then announced her relationship with producer Charlie Ebersol.
In the autumn of 2016, the information about the singer’s new boyfriend appeared in the American media. Journalists found out that Britney Spears dated with the model and bodybuilder Sam Asghari, who took part in the filming of her video for the song Slumber Party.
Britney Spears did not comment on their relationship for a long time, but sources from her company claimed that the woman was delighted with her lover. Fans of the performer literally "overwhelmed" Britney with questions about their relationship. In turn, the burning brunette has also ignored the numerous comments of users in social networks.
In February 2017, the 35-year-old pop star appeared with her 23-year-old lover together at The Beverly Hilton hotel, where well-known music producer Clive Davis collected star guests at a large-scale party. Soon the followers could see new photos of the couple on Instagram. The Sir Stello show at the Fashion Week in Los Angeles attracted a special attention of press photographer as the couple sat in the front row, actively supporting the model Fay Asghari, Sam's sister, who first came to the podium.
- …Baby One More Time
- Oops!… I Did It Again
- In the Zone
- Femme Fatale
- Britney Jean
- Mickey Mouse Club
- Austin Powers in Goldmember
- Pauly Shore Is Dead
- Brave New Girl
- Fahrenheit 9/11