Full Name:
Britney Jean Spears
Birthday:
December 2, 1981
Hometown:
Kentwood, Louisiana
Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius
Parents:
Jamie and Lynne Spears
Siblings:
Bryan (older) and Jamie Lynn (younger)
Hair:
Light brown
Eyes:
Brown
Height:
5'5" (165 cm)
Weight:
130 lbs (59 kg)
Favorite Actor(s):
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt
Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Drink:
Sprite
Favorite Sport:
Basketball, golf, tennis
Favorite Artist(s):
Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston

The most noticeable aspect of the single, the video and the album is maturity, which is just what Britney had in mind. "People have to remember that when I did my first album I was only 16. I had never been in the studio, it was all new to me and so before I let people help me out and honestly I think that was because I was just so new to the music industry, not only because I was young. But making records and being part of the process and becoming more in charge of my sound was something I had to experience and grow with and on this album Iíve had the chance to do that. This album is closer to who I am. Itís funkier!"

That funkier spirit is loud and clear on uptempo rump shakers like "Stronger" and "Don't Go Knockiní On My Door" which find Britney in a frisky and fierce state of mind. But as she proved on her debut, Britney can deliver ballads with as much intensity as her more high energy cuts. On the aching "When Your Eyes Say It" (written by Diane Warren and produced by Steve Lunt and Robert Jazayeri) and the thoughtful "Don't Let Me Be The Last To Know" (penned by Shania Twain and Robert Mutt Lange and produced by Lange), Britney shows her depth. "I donít want to just be some singer who sings a song just to sing it," Britney offers speaking to the emotional range of the album. "When you sing a song with feeling and do your all you connect and thatís crucial to me. Especially since I think that the songs on this album are ten times better than on my first album, so I really want my fans to feel and hear how much these songs mean to me."

To say that Britney Spearsís life has changed over the course of the past two years is somewhat of an understatement. Since the release of her Jive Records debut "ÖBaby One More Time" (which made Britney the youngest artist in Soundscan history to have a certified RIAA 12x platinum album, and included four hit singles including the title track and "(You Drive Me Crazy"), Britney has gone from being a star in the making to a superstar and the Queen Of Teen. In 1999 alone she was nominated for two Grammys (including the coveted Best New Artist), swept the 1999 MTV Europe Awards (where she nabbed Best Female, Best Pop, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best song), brought her explosive live show around the globe and appeared on every major televised award show both here and in Europe.

In keeping with that need to communicate is "Dear Diary", co written by Britney. Britney began writing melodies and songs while on the road and she has plans to learn guitar (she is proficient on the piano) in hopes of writing more songs in the future. "I think Iíve always had these songs that I've been writing in my head," Britney explains. "Now I feel ready to let people start to hear them."

Along with her rigorous schedule and the release of her successful 2X Platinum home video Time Out With Britney Spears in late 1999, Britney and her mother have written a book entitled Heart To Heart. As if that werenít enough, Britney has also created the Britney Spears Foundation in conjunction with the Giving Back Fund. Its first endowment is the formation of a performing arts summer camp for underprivileged kids in Massachusetts. "Iím so happy to be able to give kids the opportunity to learn about amazing world of dance and music that Iíve have been lucky enough to make such a big part of my own life."

Perhaps even more importantly than the accolades and the sales figures, Britney has become an icon to millions of fans worldwide and her infectious brand of pop/R&B has become the template for girl pop.
Now Britney is back ready to take it to the next level. Featuring tracks from Diane Warren, Rodney Jerkins, Mutt Lange, Max Martin and Britney herself, "Oops!Ö I Did It Again" is destined to be the album of the summer and is much more than just a follow-up. Itís a record that shows the progress from phenomenon to artist. A bit wiser and more confident and self-assured, "Oops!Ö I Did It Again" is Britney Spears as youíve never heard her: sexy, sassy and solidly in control.

Britney began performing at an early age, and when she was 8, she auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club. Although she was too young for the show, a producer helped her secure an agent in New York City where Britney spent the next three years studying dance and music. She also had bit roles in commercials, theatre and films. When she tuned 11, Britney was old enough to earn a spot on the Mickey Mouse Club and starred on the popular show for two years, relocating with her family to Orlando.

After her stint on TV, Britney returned home but she still had dreams of making it in the music industry. "I've always wanted to be a singer," she declares. Armed with those desires and a powerful voice, Britney went back to New York when she was 15 and began to make the rounds of record labels. She sang accapella for executives at Jive Records who saw and heard right away that in the teenager from Kentwood, LA, there were the makings of a star. Britney was signed soon after her audition and began work thereafter on what would become "ÖBaby One More Time."

One listen to "Oops!.. I Did It Again" and Britney will make a believer out of you - one more time.

Ask Britney about the direction of her new CD and she is modest. "I'm not really doing anything different this time around but I am really growing up, as a person and that just all flows with the overall sound and feel of this record. Thereís no master plan! Iím just gonna be me and hope it all works out!"

Signs are evident that it has already begun to "work out". The title track, which deals with romantic misintentions, was written and produced by longtime collaborators Max Martin and Rami and has already broken the record for first week adds at CHR/Pop radio with 155 adds. "Itís an incredible song!" Britney declares, I think itís even better than "Baby One More Time!" Also incredible is the video whose futuristic/Barbarella concept was Britney's idea.
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