Britney Spears

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, former television music competition judge, and occasional author. 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 third album Britney and played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth album In the Zone (2003), which yielded the worldwide success "Toxic".
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 "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 the highest-grossing global concert tour in 2009. Later that October, "3" became Spears's third single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Her seventh 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". In 2012, Spears was featured on will.i.am's single "Scream & Shout", which topped charts in over 24 countries. She also served as a judge during the second season of the American version of The X Factor. Spears's eighth studio album Britney Jean is scheduled to be released in December 2013, at which time she will also begin the two-year residency show Britney: Piece of Me at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Spears was established as a pop icon and credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s. She became the 'best-selling teenaged artist of all time' before she turned 20, and garnered honorific titles including the "Princess of Pop". Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, nine Billboard Music Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, Billboard ranked her as the 8th overall Artist of the Decade, and also recognized her as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) named Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. Nielsen SoundScan ranked her the tenth best-selling digital artist of the country, with more than 28.6 million digital singles as of January 2012. She has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rolling Stone recognized her instant success as one of the Top 25 Teen Idol Breakout Moments of all time, while VH1 ranked her eleventh on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012, and Billboard named her the sexiest woman in music. Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid female musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million, having last topped the list in 2002.

It was first revealed that Spears was working on her eighth studio album in December 2012. will.i.am was enlisted as its executive producer. The album will be released through RCA Records due to the disbandment of Jive Records.[160] Spears also recorded the song "Ooh La La" for the soundtrack of The Smurfs 2 in early 2013. The song is produced by Dr. Luke, Ammo Cirkut, and is written by Luke, Bonnie McKee, J Kash, Lola Blanc, and Fransisca Hall
On September 17, 2013, Spears announced that she will be performing a residency show with Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, beginning on December 27, 2013, and that it will include a total of 100 shows, 50 in 2014 and 50 in 2015.[162][163] The two-year show called "Britney: Piece of Me" will mesh new and old hits with a club meets theater feel.[164]
On August 20, 2013, Spears re-launched her website with a countdown ending on September 17, 2013, which is the day that the lead single off her eighth studio album will become available for purchase. The single is titled "Work Bitch" The track, written by Spears, will.i.am, Anthony Perston, Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Jettman, and Ruth-Anne Cunningham, was originally set to have its worldwide radio premiere on September 16, 2013 before being released to the iTunes Store on September 17, 2013 at midnight However, after a low-quality version of the song leaked online on September 15, 2013; the single's iTunes release was moved up to September 16, 2013. Adam Leber, the singer's manager, said it was "disheartening that one bad apple had to spoil our release for the entire fan community". That month, Spears was also confirmed to appear on Miley Cyrus' track "SMS (Bangerz)", taken from her fourth studio album Bangerz (2013). On September 17, 2013, Spears announced during an interview with Good Morning America that her eighth studio album is scheduled for release on December 3, 2013 Spears announced that the album would be titled Britney Jean during an interview on Capital FM on October 15, 2013 On October 25, 2013, Spears announced that the album's second single, "Perfume", will have its world premiere on November 5, 2013; Spears co-wrote the song with Australian singer/song-writer Sia Furler . On November 2, 2013, Spears tweeted that that "Perfume" will premiere two days earlier than expected: "The official #Perfume premiere is tomorrow (November 3) at 6pm ET [on Facebook]!! This song is really special to me and I can't wait to share it with ya'll". . The song was then made available for purchase on iTunes on November 4, 2013 at midnight along with the Britney Jean iTunes Pre-order (source Wikipedia)

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