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Biography for Britney SpearsBritney Jean Spears (born dec. 2, 1981 (36 years ago)) is an American singer and entertainer. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears first appeared on national TV in 1992 (25 years ago) as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel's TV series The New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 (24 years ago) to 1994 (23 years ago). In 1997 (20 years ago), Spears signed a recording contract with Jive, releasing her debut album...Baby One More Time in 1999 (18 years ago). The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and established her as a pop icon and "bona fide pop phenomenon", credited for influencing the revival of teen pop in the late 1990 (27 years ago).
In the years following her ascent to pop superstar, Spears's personal life has been a frequent subject of celebrity and tabloid journalism. Spears was married twice, most notably to Kevin Federline, had two children, and was the subject of a reality TV show with Federline in Britney & Kevin: Chaotic.
According to Zomba Label Group and Sony Music, Spears has sold over 83 million records worldwide. In addition, she is ranked as the eighth best-selling female recording artist in the U.S. with 32 million copies of her albums certified by the RIAA, and is currently the fifth best selling artist act of the decade in the country, as well as the top selling female artist. Spears is also ranked by Forbes 2009 (8 years ago) issue as the 13th most powerful celebrity and the 2nd most top-earning young musician with over $35 million dollars in earnings this year.
Early life, career debut, and InnosenseBritney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana as a Southern Baptist. Her parents are Lynne Irene (née Bridges), a former elementary school teacher, and Jamie Parnell Spears, a former building contractor and chef. Spears has two siblings, Bryan and Jamie Lynn. Bryan Spears is married to Jamie-Lynn's manager, Graciella Rivera.
Spears was an accomplished gymnast, attending gymnastics classes until age nine and competing in state-level competitions. She performed in local dance revues and sang in her local Baptist church choir. Spears entered New York City's Professional Performing Arts School when she was eight. Spears's parents would often argue, and they eventually divorced in 2002 (15 years ago).
At age eight, Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel series The New Mickey Mouse Club. Although she was considered too young to join the series at the time, a producer on the show introduced her to a New York City agent. Spears subsequently spent three summers at NYC's Professional Performing Arts School and also appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions. She was an understudy in the 1991 (26 years ago) off-Broadway musical Ruthless!. In 1992 (25 years ago), she landed a spot on the popular TV show Star Search. She won the first round of competition, but ultimately lost. At age eleven, Spears returned to the Disney Channel for a spot on The New Mickey Mouse Club in Lakeland, Florida. She was featured on the show from 1993 (24 years ago) to 1994 (23 years ago), until she was 13. After the show ended, Spears returned to Kentwood and attended high school for a year.
In 1997 (20 years ago), Spears briefly joined the all-female pop group Innosense. Later that same year, she recorded a solo demo and was signed by Jive Records. She began a U.S. concert tour sponsored by American teen magazines, and eventually became an opening act for 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
1998–2000:...Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It AgainSpears released her debut single, "...Baby One More Time", in Oct. 1998 (19 years ago) which peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in Jan. 1999 (18 years ago) and topped the chart for two weeks. It opened at number-one in the UK Singles Chart selling over 460,000 copies, a record for a female act at the time, and became the top-selling single of 1999 (18 years ago) and the 25th most successful song of all time in British chart history with over 1.45 million units sold. Gillian G. Gaar, author of She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll (2002, 15 years ago), documented that "eyebrows were raised over the schoolgirl-in-heat persona Spears projected in her [music video for...Baby One More Time], along with an increasingly revealing series of stage outfits". Spears's debut album...Baby One More Time peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 in Jan. 1999 (18 years ago). Rolling Stone magazine, in a review of the album, wrote: "While several Cherion-crafted kiddie-funk jams serve up beefy hooks, shameless schlock slowies, like [']E-Mail My Heart,['] are pure spam". NME commented "[Spears's debut album and its title-track] are the kind of soullessness that saturates Stateside charts and consists of nothing but over-chewed bubblegum beats and saccharine sensibilities". In contrast, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote: "Like many teen pop albums,...Baby One More Time has its share of well-crafted filler, but the singles, combined with Britney's burgeoning charisma, make this a pretty great piece of fluff"....Baby One More Time was later certified fourteen times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting fourteen million units shipped within the United States. Spears posed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in Apr. 1999 (18 years ago), shot by photographer David LaChapelle. Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times reported, "there was no mistaking the titillation factor in the recent Spears cover story and accompanying photos in the Apr. 15 issue of Rolling Stone, which sent eyebrows arching throughout the music industry, where several executives half-jokingly called it "child pornography". Gillian G. Gaar reported, "The American Family Association charged that the pictures, which showed Spears in push-up bras and a minuscule pair of shorts with 'Baby' in rhinestones on the bottom, presented a 'disturbing mix of childhood innocence and adult sexuality' and asked that all 'God-loving Americans' boycott stores carrying her albums". More controversy arose when Spears declared that she would "remain a virgin until marriage". This pledge has been questioned due to her apparently sexual relationship with fellow pop singer Justin Timberlake.
In late 1999 (18 years ago), Spears appeared in the teen sitcom, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and performed the song "(You Drive Me) Crazy"; this cameo was a cross-promotion for the movie Drive Me Crazy, which starred Sabrina's Melissa Joan Hart and was named after the song. In dec. 1999 (18 years ago), she won four Billboard Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year. A month later, she received the Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist award at the American Music Awards.
Following the success of her previous album, Spears released the album Oops!... I Did It Again in May 2000 (17 years ago). It debuted at number one in the U.S. by selling 1,319,193 units during its first week of sales, breaking the SoundScan record for the highest album sales in its debut week by any solo artist. The RIAA awarded the album with a diamond certification with over 10 million copies sold in the U.S. Allmusic gave it awarded the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying that the album "has the same combination of sweetly sentimental ballads and endearingly gaudy dance-pop that made "...Baby One More Time." Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5 by noting the album as "fantastic pop cheese" and "Britney's demand for satisfaction is complex, fierce and downright scary." The album's lead single "Oops!... I Did It Again" broke the record for most radio station additions in a single day, and quickly became a top ten hit in the U.S. and other countries. The same year, Spears launched her first world tour, the "Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour". During the tour, she made a stop in New York for the 2000 (17 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards. As part of her performance, she ripped off a black suit to reveal a provocative nude-colored and crystal-adorned outfit that generated much controversy. Spears earned two Billboard Music Awards for Oops!... I Did It Again.
2001–2003: Britney, Crossroads, and In the ZoneSpears released her third studio album Britney in Nov. 2001 (16 years ago). In the album, she assumed some creative control by co-writing five tracks. Although not as successful as her previous albums, Britney debuted at number one in the U.S. by selling 745,744 units during its first week. The album's success made her the only female artist in music history to have her first three albums debut at number one. The album fared well with critics such as Allmusic who gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars, describing the album's title tracks as being "pivotal moments on Britney Spears's third album, the record where she strives to deepen her persona, making it more adult while still recognizably Britney." In contrast, Rolling Stone said of the album Britney "belabors the obvious: Spears is one month away from entering her twenties and clearly needs to grow up if she's going to bring her fans along." Britney's lead single "I'm a Slave 4 U" peaked at 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the album's biggest hit. To help promote the album, Spears embarked on the Dream Within a Dream Tour in Nov. 2001 (16 years ago). The tour was forced to cut short in Mexico City due to bad weather. With the end to her tour, Spears announced she would take a six month break from her career.
In early 2002 (15 years ago), Spears's four-year relationship with Justin Timberlake (11 walls) ended. His 2002 (15 years ago) song "Cry Me a River" and its music video, which featured an actress resembling Spears, caused speculation that Spears had been unfaithful; Timberlake, however, denied that his song was meant to portray her. Jun. 2002 (15 years ago) saw the opening of Spears's restaurant, Nyla, in New York City, which served Louisianan and Italian cuisine. However, she was pulled out of the business venture in Nov. as a result of debts and management issues. Nyla officially closed in 2003 (14 years ago). In the same year, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst confirmed that he was in a relationship with Spears. Durst was also hired to help write and produce tracks for her album In the Zone, which were eventually scrapped.
Spears had her first starring role in the 2002 (15 years ago) movie Crossroads, in which she portrayed a high school graduate who travels to find her long-lost mother. The movie was poorly received, as was her performance; Spears received Razzie Awards for Worst Actress and for Worst Original Song. Nonetheless, the movie grossed over $60 million worldwide, which was five times its budget. Spears also made cameo appearances in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Longshot. Footage of Spears appeared in the 2004 (13 years ago) documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which samples a 2003 (14 years ago) CNN interview about the Iraq War in which Spears stated that she thought "we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that".
Spears made her third consecutive MTV Video Music Awards performance. While performing "I'm a Slave 4 U", she used caged animals as props and danced with a large albino python draped over her shoulders. Animal-rights organization PETA claimed that the animals featured in the performance were mistreated and cancelled plans for an anti-fur billboard that was to feature Spears. Her career success was highlighted by Forbes magazine in 2002 (15 years ago) as Spears was ranked the world's most powerful celebrity, earnings of over $39.2 million. On Oct. 7, 2002 (15 years ago), "People Magazine declared that, Spears sold 52 million albums worldwide in the last four years and making between $40 million and $50 million a year as a result. At a performance at the 2003 (14 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards, she appeared with Christina Aguilera (88 walls) performing the song "Like a Virgin", and was later joined by American pop singer Madonna, with whom Spears and Aguilera both locked lips; the incident was highly publicized.
Spears released her fourth studio album In the Zone in Nov. 2003 (14 years ago), jettisoning the Max Martin-produced synthpop of her earlier releases. The album took in lesser-known producers such as RedZone and big names including Moby and R. Kelly. Spears co-wrote eight of the album's thirteen songs and co-produced several pieces of her material for the first time. In the Zone reached number one in the U.S. charts during its debut week, selling over 609,000 copies. This made Spears the first female in the Nielsen SoundScan era to have her first four studio albums to debut at number one. The album had a mixed reception from critics. Stylus Magazine gave the album a D and blamed Spears's career choices by stating, "Ultimately, In the Zone suffers greatly from Britney's uneasy transition from teen tart to sexually powerful woman. Had Britney been in charge of her career direction instead of mercilessly prostituted by her management, she might have been able to produce something with some semblance of musical vision." The Guardian praised the album's melodies and her effort, giving it 4 out of 5 stars: "Unlike previous Britney albums, In the Zone has no filler and no shoddy cover versions, just 57 varieties of blue-chip hit-factory pop. There is southern hip-hop, deep house, Neptunes-style R&B, the ubiquitous Diwali beat and, most importantly, oodles of Madonna." The album spawned the hit single "Toxic", winning Spears her first ever Grammy in the category of Best Dance Recording.
2004–2005: Marriages, religion, first child and compilation albumsSpears married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander on Jan. 3, 2004 (13 years ago), at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted 55 hours, ending with an annulment stating that Spears "lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to marriage because before entering into the marriage the Plaintiff and Defendant did not know each others' likes and dislikes, each others' desires to have or not have children, and each other's desires as to State of residency".
Months after her Las Vegas marriage, Spears embarked on The Onyx Hotel Tour, which was canceled in Jun. after Spears injured her knee during the filming of the video for the single "Outrageous". The tour's choreography generated much controversy and criticism, which was cited inappropriate with the presence of young children in the audience. In sep. 2004 (13 years ago), Spears, although being raised a baptist, became involved in the Kabbalah Centre through her friendship with Madonna. However, she publicly left the religion in 2006 (11 years ago), stating on her website, "I no longer study Kabbalah, my baby is my religion."
In Jul. 2004 (13 years ago), Spears announced her engagement to Kevin Federline, three months after they met. Federline had recently been in a relationship with actress Shar Jackson, who was eight months pregnant with their second child. These initial stages were chronicled in Spears's first reality show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, which aired on UPN in May and Jun. 2005 (12 years ago). On the night of sep. 18, Spears married Federline in a surprise, non-denominational ceremony at a residence in Studio City, California, filing legal papers on Oct. 6. After the marriage, Spears announced via her website that she would be taking another career break to start a family. She gave birth to her first child, Sean Preston Federline, nearly one year later, on sep. 14, 2005 (12 years ago) in Santa Monica, California by a scheduled caesarean section.
November 2004 (13 years ago) saw the release of her first greatest hits collection, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, which features all of Spears's singles with the exception of "From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart". It also featured three previously unreleased songs: a cover version of American R&B singer Bobby Brown's 1988 (29 years ago) hit "My Prerogative", "Do Somethin'", produced by Bloodshy and Avant, with whom she had worked on In The Zone, and "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)", which was a song originally recorded for Spears's fourth album, In The Zone, but did not make the final cut. By the end of that year, Spears had become one of the best-selling artists in the world.
In Nov. 2005 (12 years ago), Spears released her first remix album, B In The Mix: The Remixes. The album ranged from "...Baby One More Time" to "Toxic". Her single "Someday (I Will Understand)" was also remixed. Another single, "And Then We Kiss", was only released in Asia, where it charted in many countries. The song peaked at number 15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart, despite it not being officially released in the U.S. B in the Mix: The Remixes had sold a total of 100,000 copies in the U.S after 4 years, it was the first album for which Spears didn't receive any RIAA certification.
2006–2007: Second child, personal and professional struggles, and BlackoutIn 2006 (11 years ago), Spears guest-starred on the Will & Grace episode "Buy, Buy Baby" as a closeted lesbian. Spears announced her second pregnancy in May 2006 (11 years ago) during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. She also appeared on Dateline the next month to discuss tabloid rumors about an impending divorce, and motherhood. She addressed an incident which occurred in Feb. when photos revealed her driving with her son unrestrained in her lap, explaining, "I see a bunch of photographers and I’m scared and I want to get out of the situation... They’re coming up on the sides of the car which is a scary situation for me… so I get my baby out of the car and I go home." The month following the televised interview, Spears posed nude for the Aug. 2006 (11 years ago) cover of Harper's Bazaar. Just two days before Sean's first birthday, Spears gave birth to her second son, Jayden James Federline on sep. 12 in Los Angeles. Spears filed for divorce from Federline on Nov. 7, 2006 (11 years ago), citing irreconcilable differences and asking for both physical and legal custody of their two children, with visitation rights for Federline. The following day, Federline filed a response to Spears's divorce petition, seeking physical and legal custody of their children. American attorney Laura Wasser was hired to represent Spears in the case. According to a representative for Federline's lawyer, the divorce filing "caught Kevin totally by surprise". The couple reached a global settlement agreement in Mar. 2007 (10 years ago) and their divorce was finalized in July. Spears's aunt Sandra Bridges Covington, with whom she had been very close, died of ovarian cancer on Jan. 21, 2007 (10 years ago). Spears then stayed in an off-shore drug rehabilitation facility in Antigua for less than 24 hours on Feb. 16. The following night at a hair salon in Tarzana, California she shaved her head with electric clippers. A few days later, she admitted herself to another treatment facility in Malibu, California. While leaving the facility briefly, she quickly returned on Feb. 22. The previous day, Kevin Federline had requested an emergency hearing regarding the custody of their children but then his attorney announced that Federline asked to cancel the court appearance. No further explanation was given.
Throughout 2007 (10 years ago), Spears's behavior received heightened media attention, including attacking a paparazzi vehicle with an umbrella. Spears left the rehabilitation center on Mar. 20 according to her manager, who said she was released after "successfully completing their program." As the legal battle over the custody of their children continued, many members of her entourage have been summoned to testify about her parenting skills. In Mar. 2007 (10 years ago), Leonard Pitts, Jr. wrote that in the aftermath of Spears's personal struggles that have become widely publicized, Spears had been reduced to an Abstract (51 walls) idea as opposed to being regarded as a real person. "The abstraction is not surprising: Whatever media touch, they objectify... What must it be like to have your marriage and divorce, your relationship with your parents and kids... dissected by millions of strangers who think they know you?" Pitts further commented that fame and fortune do not qualify the media scrutiny Spears has faced, but observed that fact has been overlooked by "our rush to a day of 'reality' TV" and "tabloid journalism". Though "there is no reverence, no privacy, [and] nothing held back as sacred", Pitts argues "Britney Jean Spears is not an idea."
In May 2007 (10 years ago), she produced a mini-tour for the House of Blues just after she left a rehabilitation facility under the name The M+M's; with six shows altogether, she sang live during some lines of her songs. She recorded her next album with producers such as Sean Garrett, J. R. Rotem and Nate "Danja" Hills throughout 2006 (11 years ago) and 2007 (10 years ago).
In sep. 2007 (10 years ago), the official findings in Spears's custody battle were announced by the court. She was ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing and to attend parenting counseling. Spears and Federline continued to share joint custody of their two children on a conditional basis. A few days later, she was officially charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a license. If convicted, she could have faced a year in jail. Spears lost physical custody of her children to Federline on Oct. 1, with the court ruling that Federline will keep full custody of the children. The charges for her alleged hit-and-run that occurred in Aug. 2007 (10 years ago) were officially laid, she was booked for the charges by the Los Angeles Police Department on Oct. 15 but was not arrested.
The release of Spears's fifth album, Blackout, was rescheduled to Oct. 30, 2007 (10 years ago) rather than Nov. 13, 2007 (10 years ago) due to online leaks. Blackout debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200., making Spears the only female music artist to have her first five albums go to number one and two. It was fairly well received by critics. As of Jun. 2008 (9 years ago), there have been 3.1 million digital downloads of the songs and remixes from the album in the United States. Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars. Allmusic also rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, calling Blackout "coherent and entertaining" and stating that "it holds together better than any of her other records". Blackout's lead single, "Gimme More" leaked on the internet on Aug. 30. The song, which was Spears's first produced by Danja, peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 on Oct. 3, making it, at the time, her most successful single in the U.S. since her debut, "...Baby One More Time".
Spears's highly anticipated performance of "Gimme More" at the 2007 (10 years ago) MTV Video Music Awards attracted worldwide attention which exceeded expectations. It became perhaps the most talked-about televised song and dance routine since her friend Michael Jackson's appearance a quarter century earlier on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special. Her singing, her dancing and even her wardrobe were all commented on extensively. The BBC stated that "her performance would go down in the history books as being one of the worst to grace the MTV Awards." The single rocketed to worldwide success. The second single, "Piece of Me", peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
In dec. 2007 (10 years ago), Spears began a relationship with Adnan Ghalib. Ghalib had been working as a paparazzi, taking photographs of Spears outside her house. Of his relationship with Spears, Ghalib stated, "I think she's a great person."
2008 onwards: Conservatorship, custody settlement, and CircusOn the evening of Jan. 3, 2008 (9 years ago), after not sleeping for over four days, Spears refused to relinquish custody of her children to Federline's representatives. In response, police were called to Spears's home. She was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after she "appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance", though blood tests tested negative for any illicit substances. She was held for psychiatric evaluation for two days. Pending a Feb. 19 hearing, Commissioner Scott Gordon issued an order on Jan. 14 stating that her visitation rights have been suspended indefinitely. On Jan. 31, a court placed Spears under temporary co-conservatorship of her father James Spears and attorney Andrew Wallete, giving them complete control of her assets. As a result of an order placed by her psychiatrist, she was taken to UCLA Medical Center to be put on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold for the second time that month. On Feb. 1, a restraining order was issued against Sam Lutfi, a prominent figure in Spears's life. She was released from the hospital on Feb. 6, amid speculation that she has bipolar disorder, although medical records are confidential, and no confirmation has been made. Her parents expressed disappointment and concern at the decision to release her. She has regained some visitation rights after coming to an agreement with Federline and his counsel. On Jul. 18, 2008 (9 years ago), Spears and Federline reached a custody settlement in which Federline retains sole custody while Spears keeps her visitation rights.
Vanessa Grigoriadis reported in "The Tragedy of Britney Spears" (2008, 9 years ago), her cover story for Rolling Stone, that "more than any other star today, Britney epitomizes the crucible of fame for the famous: loving it, hating it and never quite being able to stop it from destroying you". Grigoriadis wrote that "every day in L.A., at least a hundred paparazzi, reporters and celebrity-magazine editors dash after her" and that paparazzi estimated Spears generated "up to twenty percent of their coverage for the past year". She further documented that in addition to tabloid journalists, the Associated Press declared that everything Spears does is considered news. "The paparazzi feed the celebrity magazines, which feed the mainstream press, while sources sell their dirtiest material to British tabloids, and then it trickles back to America," wrote Grigoriadis, "She's the canary in the coal mine of our culture, the most vivid representation of the excess of the past decade."
In 2008 (9 years ago), Spears guest-starred on CBS's TV show How I met your mother (8 walls) playing a receptionist. She received positive reviews for her performance as well as bringing in the series' highest ratings ever. Spears reprised her role in May 2008 (9 years ago), leaving the storyline open for a future return.
On sep. 7, 2008 (9 years ago), Spears opened the MTV Video Music Awards for the third time. Although having not performed, a sketch comedy with Jonah Hill was pre-taped, as well as an introduction speech to the official opening of the show. Spears won Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video Of The Year for "Piece of Me". On sep. 15, Jive released a statement announcing the title of her sixth studio album, Circus as well as the first single, "Womanizer". The single was released to radio stations on sep. 26, and the release date for the album is dec. 2, Spears's 27th birthday. On Oct. 15, the song made a record-breaking jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record set by T.I.'s Live Your Life. It also garnered first-week download sales of 286,000, the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital downloads in 2003 (14 years ago). It marked Spears's first number one single on the Hot 100 since her debut, "...Baby One More Time".
On Oct. 21, 2008 (9 years ago), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Steele declared a mistrial and dismissed the Aug. 2007 (10 years ago) driving without a license misdemeanor charges against Spears, who was represented by attorney J. Michael Flanagan. Spears claimed she had a valid Louisiana license and a California permit was not required.
Spears performing on her 2009 (8 years ago) world tour.On Nov. 6, 2008 (9 years ago), Spears won two awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 (9 years ago), "Album of The Year" for Blackout and "Act of 2008", and despite not being present, two acceptance videos were taped and shown at the show. Circus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 505,000 copies in its first week. This became Spears's fifth number one album, making her the only act in Nielsen SoundScan history to have four albums debuted with 500,000 copies or more. It is also Spears's second album, the first being...Baby One More Time, to have charted two top-ten singles as "Circus", the follow up single to the number-one hit "Womanizer", debuted at number three on the Hot 100, making it her highest debut on the chart as well as her seventh top ten hit.
In Jan. 2009 (8 years ago), Spears and her father obtained a restraining order against the singer's former manager/friend Sam Lutfi, one-time beau Adnan Ghalib, and attorney Jon Eardley—all of whom, court documents claim, have been conspiring to gain control of the pop star's affairs. The restraining order forbids Lutfi and Ghalib from contacting Spears or coming within 250 yards of her, her property or family members.
In Feb. 2009 (8 years ago), Spears achieved further success in solidifying her comeback by having the second single of off her comeback album, "Circus" rise to number one on the Top 40 Radio Chart, making it the first time Spears has achieved back-to-back number one hits on the Top 40 Chart along with her comeback single, "Womanizer". This makes her fifth number one song on the chart, putting her in a tie for second place for most number one Top 40 songs in the Mainstream Top 40s sixteen year history. Mariah Carey (29 walls) is in first place with six number one songs.
In March, Spears launched her seventh tour to promote her Circus album. The Circus Starring: Britney Spears began its run on Mar. 3, 2009 (8 years ago) in Spears's home state of Louisiana. Opening night, as well as every following show in North America, sold out. The tour spanned through North America, Europe, and Australia.. Britney was accompanied by her children on the tour, and are in her custody for over 50% of the time for the duration of the tour.
In Apr. 2009 (8 years ago), Spears declared her support for same-sex marriage to the media, following the controversial incident on Miss USA where contestant Carrie Prejean, representing California, expressed her disapproval of same-sex unions. The message left by Spears on her Twitter page read “Love is love! People should be able to do whatever makes them happy!” After years of absence, Forbes magazine listed Spears as the 13th most powerful celebrity and the second most top-earning young musician as she made $35 million from Jun. 2008 (9 years ago) to Jun. 2009 (8 years ago). In Jun. 2009 (8 years ago), it was confirmed that Spears is dating her agent Jason Trawick. In Jul. 2009 (8 years ago) Spears confirmed through her Twitter that she has begun recording new material, stating that she was going into the studio with producer Max Martin. Also producer and remixer Russ Castella posted a message on Twitter stating that he is working on a track titled "Dirty Girl" for Spears. Castella also announced that the track he is working on would be released later in 2009 (8 years ago).
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