BRITNEY SPEARS - PRINCESS OF POP.
"I know not everyone will like me, but this is who I am so if you don't
like it, tough!"
Unless you are living under a rock, you know who Britney Spears is.
She's the most famous 19 year old in the music industry. She has outsold
and broken records set by artists years before she was even born. Her
first record "Baby… One More Time" made her the youngest artist in
Soundscan history to have a certified RIAA 12 times platinum record.
Every few days a potential star is launched onto an increasingly cynical
music buying public. Manufactured groups and singers come and go with
fashion, and few manage any sort of real, lasting success. Not so
Britney's singing, dancing and natural stunning good looks made her the
girl that every other girl wanted to be, and the girl that every boy
wanted to be with.
Her records have sold and continue to sell millions of copies all over
the globe, her singles are on high rotation being played constantly at
radio everywhere, and her merchandising sales are going through the roof
- there is nothing you can't buy without her face on it! Dolls,
t-shirts, lunchboxes, pens, mugs and caps to name but a few. She is a
phenomenon in all senses of the word, and a marketer's dream. She is the
face of pop today.
Britney Jean Spears was born on the 2nd of December 1981, in Kentwood,
Louisiana, U.S.A. Britney Spears began her career as soon as she could
walk and talk. She has always loved singing, dancing, acting and
performing. She started out taking ballet and basic tumbling classes.
Very soon after, she was enrolled in a gymnastics class where she
excelled in floor exercises and the uneven bars. Britney went on to
compete at state level competitions and won several titles. She kept up
with gymnastics until she was nine years old.
As a young girl growing up, she always knew she wanted to pursue a
musical career and took her talents to her local church, where she
performed "What Child Is This," and even on national television, with
her appearance as a Star Search contestant.
At the age of 8, Britney auditioned for the popular children's variety
show, Mickey Mouse Club, but was refused because of her young age.
Luckily for Britney, one of the show's producers saw the young singer's
talent, and helped her find an agent in New York City.
Britney spent the next three summers in New York, where she studied at
the famous Off-Broadway Dance Center and at the Professional Performing
Arts School. To add to the formation of a future international star,
Britney appeared in commercials and Off-Broadway shows, one of which
showcased Britney as an innocent 10-year-old who is really an evil bad
girl. " I was playing this really bad child who seems real sweet but
she's evil too. It was so much fun," she recalls.
Three years after her first Mickey Mouse Club rejection, Britney finally
landed a spot as a "Mouseketeer" at the age of 11. Britney was already a
seasoned performer in TV commercials, theatre and film. She also got her
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