Personalities | Britney Spears | Twenty-First Century | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1981)

Britney Spears started life, after a short stage career, on American TV’s New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 onwards. Her debut single ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ (1998) was a masterly slice of melancholy pop that topped the charts – due in no small part to its suggestive video featuring the singer/actress in a school uniform.

A year later, and the star’s level of fame was enormous, with a relationship with fellow popster Justin Timberlake prime fodder for newspapers and magazines. Her career since has been one of reinvention, much like Madonna. She has sexed herself up, flirted with various religions and even found time to have children. Singles such as ‘Oops … I Did It Again’ (2000) and ‘Toxic’ (2004) proved there was still plenty of marketable ability in the singer, and in 2004 she went so far as to release a greatest hits package, entitled My Prerogative.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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