Britney Spears - princess of pop
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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!" -Britney Spears. 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 Spears! 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 big break, finally making it onto the Mickey Mouse Show on which she starred for two years. Joining a cast of talented teens on the show, Britney showed off her acting, dancing and singing talents on the show that also spawned the careers of fellow beauties Keri Russell and Christina Aguilera. After 2 years of living in Orlando with her family while doing the show, Britney moved back home to Kentwood after the show was cancelled, and returned to high school. Britney went back home with dreams over even more success. Her one normal year as a fourteen-year-old high school student would be the last bit of normalcy in Britney's life. "It was fun for awhile but I started getting itchy to get out again and see the world," she says. She began to audition for record companies, singing live and unaccompanied to groups of executives.