American pop star and dancer Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2nd, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi. Britney knew what she wanted to be from a young age, and took dancing and voice lessons, as well as gymnastics. When little, she participated in many talent shows and sang in her church’s choir, eventually deciding to take her budding career to a professional level. In 1990, Britney auditioned for the revival of The Mickey Mouse Club, at first getting rejected due to her young age. In the meantime, Britney continued to train herself in singing and dancing, so she joined the Professional Performing Arts School, in New York City. Britney finally joined The Mickey Mouse Club two years later, in 1992, and was part of the program until its cancellation in 1994. After the show ended, Britney returned to Mississippi and enrolled in school, but was still focused on becoming a star.
In 1997, Britney began the search for a record deal, in the process meeting with several executive producers. After several rejections, she signed on to Jive Records and started to record her first album in 1998. Britney’s debut album, … Baby One More Time, was released in 1999 and was a commercial success, both in the U.S. and the world. Following two successful tours around the country, Britney premiered her second studio album, Oops!… I Did It Again in 2000, selling more than one million copies upon its release and eventually becoming one of the most popular and iconic pop records of the era. Leaving her teenage years behind and embracing a more provocative style, Britney’s next two albums, Britney (2001) and In the Zone (2003), came out at the height of her career and further propelled her status as the “Princess of Pop,” as she had been dubbed by the media. During this time, Britney also co-authored two books with her mother, Heart to Heart (2000) and A Mother’s Gift (2001), and starred in her first film role in 2002 on the teen drama Crossroads.
Branching out into other business ventures, Britney presented a perfume called Curious, together with Elizabeth Arden, which turned out to be an instant success. In 2004, she released a greatest hits compilation, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative and the following year a remix compilation, B in the Mix: The Remixes. After taking a break from her music career to focus on her family, Britney’s next studio album, Blackout, premiered in 2007 to critical and commercial success. Amidst concerns for the star’s wellbeing and mental health following several legal disputes in 2008, Britney guest-starred in sitcom How I Met Your Mother, marking one of the show’s biggest ratings to date. That same year, her sixth album, Circus, debuted to positive reviews and reached top chartings in several countries, later promoted by a world tour in 2009.
In 2010, Britney’s seventh album, titled Femme Fatale, came out and enjoyed the same success as it predecessors, reaffirming her status as one of the most prolific pop singers of her time. She also appeared as a judge on The X Factor’s second season in 2012, becoming the show’s highest-paid judge to that date (she was later surpassed by Katy Perry in 2018). In 2013, announced a Vegas concert residency. Her four-year concert residency, Britney: Piece of Me (2013-2019), was used to promote her subsequent albums Britney Jean (2013) and Glory (2016), her last studio album to date. Britney has collaborated with other musical artists such as Selena Gomez, will.i.am, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and, most recently, Elton John. She has appeared in several TV shows as well, like Glee, Jane the Virgin, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Aside from various fragrances, Britney has created several clothing lines as has had a doll produced after herself. Regarded as one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Britney Spears continues to be one of the most beloved and popular artists of her generation.