Britney Spears – Greatest late 90s “Pop Princess”
Britney Spears became a phenomenon in the late 90s and early third millennium in the musical world. She was born on Wednesday, December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi, United States.
She was the second daughter of Lynne Irene Bridges and James Parnell Spears, construction entrepreneur. Her maternal grandmother, Lillian Portell, was born in London. She has two sibling’s older brother Bryan James and younger sister Jamie Lynn.
She grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. At the age of three she began attending dance classes and was selected to perform as a soloist at the annual recital.
During her childhood she received singing classes and won several contests at the state level. She made her debut as a singer at age of five, singing “What Child Is This?
When she was just 8 years old she was presented with a test for The Mickey Mouse Club in Atlanta. Casting director Matt Casella rejected her for being too young to join the series, though she introduced her to Nancy Carson, a New York talent agent, who suggested her entry into the Performing Arts Professional School. She moved to New York with her Family, where they rented an apartment and for three years studied dance and acting and participated in the recording of commercials for television.
In December 1992, she was finally hired for The Mickey Mouse Club (where she met her future love partner, Justin Timberlake), but returned to Kentwood after the show was canceled two years later. She enrolled at the Parklane Academy in McComb.
1997-2000: Debut and success
She recognizes Madonna, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston as their main influences. In 1997, she was part of a female group called Innosense. At the age of fifteen, she presented herself to a selection test for a group of girls, which allowed a producer to look at her and start her solo career. In 1999 he released his first album, Baby One More Time which became the best selling album, with the single most heard in the week she debuted. The video was filmed at Venice High School, which was the same school where the movie ‘Grease’ was filmed. The next year the second, titled Oops! .. I Did It Again. Forbes magazine cited her as one of the most money-earning artists in 1999, with an estimated $ 15 million, including her ads with Clairol and Polaroid. She also created her own brand of gum and a doll with her name. On the big screen, she starred in the film Crossroads in 2002. In 2002, she was named Hollywood’s most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine.
Her debut album made her the youngest (aged 17) to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and the youngest to have both her first single and her first album on the Billboard charts. With sales exceeding 14 million copies in the United States (and 14x Platinum certified) has been awarded her first Diamond album, worldwide sales exceed 28 million, Spears became the teenager who has sold more albums in In 2000, Spears was nominated for “Best Female Pop Artist” and “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards, but did not win any of them. The two categories, from there would arise a rivalry with the pop singer Christina Aguilera who won “Best New Artist” in the year 2000.
After Success, Britney signed a contract with Pepsi for 10.5 million dollars. In 2001, she was again nominated for the Grammy Awards (Best Female Pop Album and Best Female Pop Artist) but neither won in either category.
Moments that crowned Britney Spears as the princess of pop
The mesmerizing Britney Spears turned her virginity into a topic of worldwide interest by stating publicly that she had never actually had sex. This gave a plus to the combination of innocently sensual image that turned her into a Lolita of the new century.
What is a princess without a prince?
Britney marked in pop culture with her first great love with another important pop idol, Justin Timberlake, the leader of one of the most important boyband “N’Sync” in history.
Yeah, Brit lost her virginity with Justin.
On 9/9/99, Britney Spears stepped for the first time the MTV Video Music Awards to sing along with N’Sync Tearin ‘Up My Heart, but without doubt her first great moment was when she performed in the year 2000 that Made -literally- a striptease to the rhythm of (I Cannot Get No) Satisfaction and its new success, Oops! … I Did It Again.
Many had not been able to close their jaws when the following year Brit surprised again with another shocking performance at the MTV awards. This time, she sang again the first single from a new album. I’m Slave 4U, a really hot song was played in the middle of a jungle theme in which the star added an image to the pop culture holding a snake with a bold choreography.
The queen of pop, has been strolling through music and film throughout her career. The princess could not leave out the big screen.
On February 15, 2002, Crossroads, a film directed by Tamra Davis and starring star of the moment: Britney Spears, was released. Although criticized by the critics, with a budget of 10 million dollars, it obtained profits of 61.1 million.
In 2002 Britney did not sing at the VMA’s, but was attended with the iconic leather suit to deliver a special award to Michael Jackson’s career.
The artist thought that she was being awarded as Artist of the Millennium and became one of the most uncomfortable moments.
On January 3, 2004, Spears married in Las Vegas with Jason Allen Alexander, an old lifelong friend. The union seems to have been a madness product of alcohol, since 55 hours later, the couple annulled their marriage.
Do we need to clarify what happened at the MTV Video Music Awards 2003?
Britney, Christina Aguilera and Madonna held a triple wedding to commemorate the performance of Like A Virgin.
Oops! .. She Did It Again