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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Britney Spears

Famous For:
...Baby One More Time, Toxic, Womanizer
Networth:
$56 Million
Currently Known For:
Las Vegas Residency
Famous Years:
1998-Present
Birthdate:
December 2, 1981
Britney Spears



  Famous For:
...Baby One More Time, Toxic, Womanizer

  Networth:
$56 Million


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Many acts in pop music come and go, but some latch on with audiences around the world and become icons in the genre. One of those acts that’s achieved icon status in the past 20 years is Britney Spears, who cashed in on the bubble gum pop music movement in the late 1990s and has remained massively popular ever since. Although there’s been some speed bumps along the way, Spears still brings in massive crowds, which also means massive paydays.


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Spears was born on December 2, 1981 in the smaller sized city of McComb, Mississippi. However, Spears was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, where it was apparent that she had the potential to be a star at just a couple of years old. She showed talent in both singing and dancing, winning talent competitions around the region on a regular basis. Because of that, Spears’ parents had her audition with Disney to be a part of “The Mickey Mouse Club”.

Spears didn’t land the role at first due to being too young, but was kept in mind and given an agent that helped her get on stage. Spears eventually joined “The Mickey Mouse Club” with future A-listers such as Justin Timberlake until the show was cancelled. Now on her own, Spears focused on her music career that almost had her as a full-time member of the female pop group Innosense. Her unique talent was better suited for a solo career, though, and she’d get her first shot at the end of the 1990s.

That debut album for Spears would of course be “...Baby One More Time” with the debut single of the same name. The album became one of the best sellers of the 1990s with 25 million copies sold, reaching number one on the charts in several countries. Her debut song would also top the mainstream charts and is still considered her biggest hit to date. Spears also released “Sometimes” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy” from the album that fared well on the charts.

Spears released three more albums in the early 2000s with “Oops!...I Did It Again”, “Britney” and “In the Zone”. All three became number one albums in the United States and certified platinum with millions of sales. Her biggest hits from that era included “Stronger”, “Toxic” and “Everytime” that all reached the top 20. Then, it seemed that Spears’ career had taken a downturn.

After getting divorced from her first husband Jason Alexander in 2004 after being married in the same year, she then married backup dancer Kevin Federline. Another divorce would be looming, and it appeared that Spears’ mental health had become the forefront of attention. Between photos that surfaced of Spears’ shaving her head bald and hitting a car window with an umbrella, she became the topic of discussion for almost every paparazzi.

“My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself,” she said of that time in her life. “In that situation, when you’re not in control, you become less excited and there’s less passion when it comes to music. I wrote back then that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself...There are moments where I look back and think, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’”

Thankfully, Spears was able to get her career back on track in 2007, releasing the album “Blackout” that contained the hits “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. In subsequent years, Spears released the hit albums “Circus”, “Femme Fatale” and “Britney Jean”, with her most recent album coming with 2016’s “Glory”. A trio of number one hits came out during this timespan, with “3”, “Hold It Against Me” and “Womanizer”.

Despite releasing just one album over the past six years, Spears continues to be a massive draw, especially in Las Vegas. She has had two shorter tours in recent years, but has mainly been focused on her residencies that started with the “Piece of Me” show at Planet Hollywood that lasted for four years. It was very lucrative for Spears, who was making $475,000 per show. After it came to an end with the conclusion of 2017, Spears signed on with rival casino Park MGM to start a new residency that pays more than a half million per show.

It’s not just money that’s come Spears’ way, either. She’s received plenty of recognition for her work that’s even included Grammy consideration. After receiving her first nomination in 2000, Spears has won a lone Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2005 for “Toxic”. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammys overall, while also adding eight Billboard Music Awards. Being an MTV favorite, Spears has more than 30 MTV Video Music Awards, too, with six wins.

Acting appearances have even been part of Spears’ resume that have included some cameos in films such as “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and “Fahrenheit 9/11”, as well as a starring role in the 2002 film “Crossroads”. It’s been an interesting career that still has a long way to go as Spears isn’t even yet 40 years old. She says that the drive she gets comes from a “Thirst for success” and “constantly (wanting) to outdo the last thing I’ve done.”

“Over the years I’ve always worked hard for whatever I’ve got,” she added. “But as time goes by I tend to want to outdo myself which I guess is a good thing.”

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