Britney Spears is a recording artist and entertainer. 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. During her first decade in the music industry, Britney Spears became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, followed by a much-publicized personal life.
Spears’s first and second studio albums …Baby One More Time and Oops!… I Did It Again 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” became international number one hits and broke sales records. In 2001, Britney Spears released her third album Britney and played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone, which yielded chart-topping singles “Me Against the Music”, “Toxic” and “Everytime”.
After the release of two compilation albums, Britney Spears’s personal struggles sent her career into hiatus. Despite receiving little promotion, her fifth album Blackout spawned hits “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. In 2008, Spears’s erratic behavior and hospitalizations caused her to be placed under a conservatorship.
Later that year, Britney Spears released her sixth album Circus, which included global chart-topping lead single “Womanizer” and hits “Circus” and “If U Seek Amy”. Her supporting tour The Circus Starring Britney Spears was the highest-grossing global concert tour in 2009. Later that October, chart-topping single “3” became Britney 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”. The same year, Britney Spears gained her fifth number one single as the featured artist on the remix of Rihanna’s “S&M”.
Britney 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, garnering her honorific titles such as “Princess of Pop”.
Britney Spears 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 Britney Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. Nielsen SoundScan ranked Britney Spears 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 Britney Spears one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Rolling Stone recognized Britney Spears’s 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 Britney Spears was the highest paid female musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million, having last topped the list in 2002.
How Britney Spears Made Her Money – Music
Estimated Net Worth: $200 Million
Birthday: December 2, 1981
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