Britney Spears is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, Spears started playing as a child, landing acting roles in stage productions and tv concerts. She signed with Jive Records in 1997 and issued her debut album …Baby One More Time in 1999. during her first decade within the music industry, she became a prominent figure in mainstream popular songs and successful culture, came by a much-publicized personal life. Her first two albums established her as a pop icon and broke sales records, at a time of title tracks “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” became international number-one smashes. Spears was credited with influencing the revival of teen pop at a time of the late 1990s.
In 2001, she put forth her third studio record Britney and expanded her brand, performing the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone put forth in 2003, which yielded chart-topping singles “Me Against the Music”, “Toxic” and “Everytime”. After the release of two compilation albums, Spears experienced personal struggles and her career went under hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was put forth in 2007 and despite receiving little promotion, it spawned favorites “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. In 2008, her erratic behaviour and hospitalizations caused her to be placed in a conservatorship. The same year, her sixth studio record Circus was released, with the global chart-topping lead single “Womanizer”. After embarking on The Circus Starring Britney Spears, she issued greatest hits The Singles Collection, which featured U.S. and Canadian number-one single “3”. In 2011, Spears returned with her seventh studio album, titled Femme Fatale, which is currently scheduled for release on March 29, 2011, including the lead single “Hold It Against Me” which has become Spears’ fourth U.S. number-one single.
Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling songs artists in the history of contemporary music. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 32 million certified units. Spears is also recognized as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. In June 2010, Spears was ranked sixth on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world; she is also the third most mentioned musician on the internet, according to Forbes.