Реферат: Britney Spears - princess of pop


<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">«I know not everyone will like me, but this iswho I am so if you don't like it, tough!»
-Britney Spears.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">   Unless youare living under a rock, you know who Britney Spears is.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">She's the most famous 19 year old in the musicindustry. She has outsold and broken records set by artists years before shewas even born. Her first record «Baby… One More Time» made her theyoungest artist in Soundscan history to have a certified RIAA 12 times platinumrecord.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Every few days a potential star is launched onto anincreasingly cynical music buying public. Manufactured groups and singers comeand go with fashion, and few manage any sort of real, lasting success. Not soBritney Spears!
 Britney's singing, dancing and naturalstunning good looks made her the girl that every other girl wanted to be, andthe girl that every boy wanted to be with.
Her records have sold and continue to sell millions of copies all over theglobe, her singles are on high rotation being played constantly at radioeverywhere, and her merchandising sales are going through the roof — there isnothing you can't buy without her face on it! Dolls, t-shirts, lunchboxes,pens, mugs and caps to name but a few. She is a phenomenon in all senses of theword, and a marketer's dream. She is the face of pop today.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney Jean Spears was born on the 2nd of December1981, in Kentwood, Louisiana, U.S.A. Britney Spears began her career as soon asshe could walk and talk. She has always loved singing, dancing, acting andperforming. She started out taking ballet and basic tumbling classes. Very soonafter, she was enrolled in a gymnastics class where she excelled in floorexercises and the uneven bars. Britney went on to compete at state levelcompetitions and won several titles. She kept up with gymnastics until she wasnine years old.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">As a young girl growing up, she always knew she wantedto pursue a musical career and took her talents to her local church, where sheperformed «What Child Is This,» and even on national television, withher appearance as a Star Searchcontestant.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">At the age of 8, Britney auditioned for the popularchildren's variety show, Mickey MouseClub, but was refused because of her young age. Luckily for Britney, oneof the show's producers saw the young singer's talent, and helped her find anagent in <st1:City w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>New York City</st1:place></st1:City>.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney spent the next three summers in <st1:State w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>New York</st1:place></st1:State>, where shestudied at the famous <st1:place w:st=«on»><st1:PlaceName w:st=«on»>Off-Broadway</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st=«on»>Dance</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st=«on»>Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>and at the Professional Performing Arts School. To add to the formation of afuture international star, Britney appeared in commercials and Off-Broadwayshows, one of which showcased Britney as an innocent 10-year-old who is reallyan evil bad girl.  " I was playingthis really bad child who seems real sweet but she's evil too. It was so muchfun," she recalls.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Three years after her first Mickey Mouse Club rejection, Britney finally landed a spot as a«Mouseketeer» at the age of 11. Britney was already a seasonedperformer in TV commercials, theatre and film. She also got her big break, finallymaking it onto the Mickey Mouse Show on which she starred for two years.
 Joining a cast of talented teens on theshow, Britney showed off her acting, dancing and singing talents on the showthat also spawned the careers of fellow beauties

<span Arial",«sans-serif»">Keri Russell<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> and <span Arial",«sans-serif»">Christina Aguilera<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">. After 2 years of living in <st1:City w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Orlando</st1:place></st1:City> with her family while doing the show,Britney moved back home to <st1:City w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Kentwood</st1:place></st1:City>after the show was cancelled, and returned to high school. Britney went backhome with dreams over even more success.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Her one normal year as a fourteen-year-old high schoolstudent would be the last bit of normalcy in Britney's life.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">«It was fun for awhile but I started gettingitchy to get out again and see the world,» she says.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> She began to audition for record companies, singing live andunaccompanied to groups of executives. With a dream of pursuing a career as asinger and a desire to leave her small hometown, Britney set off to <st1:City w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>New York City</st1:place></st1:City> yet again,this time destined to sign with a major record label.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Now a seasoned performer at age 15, an audition for anall girl vocal group led to her developing a solo career as a pop singer aswell as continuing her high school studies with tutors. «I need a lot ofhelp in geometry and Spanish!» she admits.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The lucky company who decided that young Britney hadwhat was needed for stardom was Jive Records.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney finally signed with Jive Records, after anexecutive was fully impressed with the talent he heard on the demo tape.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Working with Eric Foster White, a producer who hadpreviously worked with artists such as Boyzone and

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Britney took <st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>America</st1:place></st1:country-region>by storm back with her debut single ‘…Baby One More Time’,which smashed into the American Billboard charts at #1. Her debut album of thesame title was released only a few weeks later also debuting at #1, making herthe first ever female artist to have a simultaneous Billboard #1 single andalbum with a debut release. The impact was mirrored on charts throughout theworld. Britney Spears had arrived on the music scene in a very big way.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">With the high-energy video and infectious groove, ‘...Baby One More Time’ was welcomed by the World of popmusic with open arms. A cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ (AprilIssue 1999) increased the frenzy. Britney was rocketed from pop-starlet tomega-star. She became a phenomenon across the World and was in demand fromvirtually every corner of the globe. Her 2nd single, ‘Sometimes’ — a soft summer ballad — was released in June 1999 and was warmly received by arapidly growing fan base.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The album was certified RIAA 12 x platinum (it hasgone on to sell more than 20 million copies).

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The highlight of 1999 for Britney was performing apoptastic medley at the MTV Europe Music Awards in <st1:City w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Dublin</st1:place></st1:City>, where she was theundoubted star. She won all four awards for which she was nominated. Thecategories were Best Female Artist, Best Breakthrough Act,Best Pop Act and Best Song for ‘…Baby One More Time’.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">After a massive summer tour across <st1:place w:st=«on»>North America</st1:place>, Britney returned to the charts with another smash hit, ‘(You Drive Me) Crazy’.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Born To Make You Happy’, the fourth single to be takenfrom Britney’s debut album, was released in January 2000 and shot straight intothe top of charts around the World, securing her status as a pop phenomenon.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Between recording her second album, Britney went on anextensive worldwide tour.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">From the sweet melody of «From the Bottom of MyBroken Heart,» to the driving funk of «Baby One More Time,» tothe funky reggae beats of «Soda Pop,» to her soulful take on the Jetshit «You've Got It All,» Britney's lively, assured vocal style isintoxicating. «I want to an artist that everyone can relate to, that'syoung, happy and fun,» she says.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Despite a refreshingly adolescent attitude, Britney'slife has hardly been traditional. «I've done the prom thing, but it's onlyonce a year,» she notes about her unconventional teenage lifestyle.«I need to sing and I love to travel.»

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»">Mariah Carey<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">, Michael Jackson and <span Arial",«sans-serif»">Madonna<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> fan, Britney has been scrutinized by the media withreports of a breast augmentation, and a love affair with <st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>England</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s mosteligible bachelor, Prince William.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">After the success of her first album, it wouldn't havesuprised many onlookers if she'd disappeared, replaced by the next big thing inGirl-Pop. But she didn't! Britney came back with a second album, that hadthe same kind of infectious pop songs as the first, but now with a moresophisticated, sassy sound.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">With the Britney Spears hype nowhere near over, shereturned to the music scene in 2000 with her follow-up album, entitled Oops!.. I Did It Again. With a hitvideo accompanying the hit title track (in which Ms. Spears has definitely doneit again, this time in a red leather catsuit), a second worldwide tour insupport of her album, and millions of fans, Britney has definitely accomplishedwhat few artists ever accomplish, at the mere age of 18.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The album debuting at #1 in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France,Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and 15 other countries worldwide.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The title track and first single was «Oops! I DidIt Again». As Britney said herself — «I'm not really doing anythingdifferent this time around but I am really growing up, as a person and thatjust all flows with the overall sound and feel of this record. There’s nomaster plan! I’m just gonna be me and hope it all works out!»

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It certainly did work out!  Britney,armed with more maturity had produced an album that strengthened her positionas the most successful (and most iconic) singer since the emergence of Madonna.The title track, which deals with romantic mis-intentions, was written andproduced by longtime collaborators Max Martin and Rami and has already brokenthe record for first week adds at CHR/Pop radio with 155 adds.
«It’s an incredible song!» Britney declares, I think it’s even betterthan
«Baby One More Time!» Also incredible is the video whosefuturistic/Barbarella concept was Britney's idea.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">In regard to the emotional depth of the album, Britneyasserts, “ I don’t want to just be some singer who sings a song just to singit.  When you sing a song with feelingand do your all, you connect, and that’s crucial to me. Especially since Ithink 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.”

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Along with her rigorous schedule and the release ofher 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
weren’t 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
<st1:State w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Massachusetts</st1:place></st1:State>.«I’m so happy to be able to give kids the opportunity to
learn about amazing world of dance and music that I’ve have been lucky
enough to make such a big part of my own life.»

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The 8 times platinum Oops!.. I Did It Again spawned number 1 singles like«Lucky,» «Stronger» (in which she performs a lap dance to achair), and «Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know.» One listen to«Oops!.. I Did It Again» and Britney will make a believer out of you- one more time.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The most noticeable aspect of the single, the videoand the album is
maturity, which is just what Britney had in mind.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> Britney — «People have to remember that when I did my first album I was only 16. Ihad never been in the studio, it was all new to me and so before I let peoplehelp me out and honestly I think that was because I was just so new to themusic industry, not only because I was young. But making records and being partof the process and becoming more in charge of my sound was something I had toexperience and grow with and on this album I’ve had the chance to do that. Thisalbum is closer to who I am. It’s funkier!»

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">That funkier spirit is loud and clear on up-tempo rumpshakers like
«Stronger» and «Don't Go Knockin’ On My Door» which findBritney 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 don’t 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 that’s 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.»

In keeping with that need to communicate is «Dear Diary», co writtenby
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 I’ve always had these songs
that I've been writing in my head,» Britney explains. «Now I feelready to
let people start to hear them.»

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">The second single from the album, was ‘Lucky’ — a bittersweet tale of loneliness and stardom — containing the apt lyrical phrase “the World is spinning and she keeps onwinning!” Britney’s ‘Oops!…’ World Tour was announced on <st1:date Month=«5» Day=«12» Year=«2000» w:st=«on»>May 12th 2000</st1:date>. Her fans couldn’t waitto see her perform. The shows packed 90 minutes full of her classic hits,energetic dance routines and magical costume changes. Fans were left in awe. Stronger’ — an attention grabbing slice of classic up-beatpop — and ‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know’ — asmooth ballad, co-written by Shania Twain — ,followed as the final singles from an exciting sophomoric record, that showedimmense growth as a performing artist and a tight relationship with a soundthat is undoubtedly ‘Britney!’ and now?…

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney has appeared on screen and in print around theglobe. ‘Time Magazine’ (International Edition), ‘Marie Claire’ (<st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>UK</st1:place></st1:country-region>) ‘Elle’ (<st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>UK</st1:place></st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Japan</st1:place></st1:country-region>) and‘Vogue’ (<st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Spain</st1:place></st1:country-region>)are some of the magazines that have embraced Britney’s charismatic image fortheir cover stories. MTV, CHANNEL V, FOX, M6, RTL, along with a countlessnumber of other television networks and programs around the world, anticipateBritney’s new releases as fans would themselves.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney co-headlined at the Rock In Rio Festival in <st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>Brazil</st1:place></st1:country-region> inJanuary, 2001, performing to an audience of over 250,000. Also in January,Britney appeared with Aerosmith and *NSYNC at Superbowl 35 during the half timeshow, performing Aerosmith’s classic hit «Walk This Way». Britneypresented and won an award at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards and co-hosted andperformed at the 2001 American Music Awards.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">In 2001, the reigning Queen of Teen Pop shows us afresh and more mature side. The new songs on her third album, ‘Britney’,reflect the changes in her life and her development from a teenage girl to amature, young woman. Working with producers such as The Neptunes, on the firstsingle ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ has allowed her to move on to the next level. Other producersand songwriters on the album include Max Martin, Rami, Riprock ‘n’ Alex G,Dido, Josh Schwartz and Brian Kierulf of KNS Productions, Rodney Jerkins,Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears herself.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">2001 was a banner year for the pop star, as sheco-hosted the American Music Awards with L.L. Cool J.; performed withAerosmith,

<span Arial",«sans-serif»">*N Sync<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">, Nelly, and <span Arial",«sans-serif»">Mary J. Blige<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> at the Super Bowl; appeared on a spoken-word CD ofthe Pope's prayers; and signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement with Pepsi.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">While she dances with factory workers in a warehouse,impressing even Viagra-enhanced Bob Dole and his dog, Christina Aguilera starsin a Coca-Cola commercial, fueling more than just a pop war.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney and her legions of teenage fans aren't heronly admirers: it turns out her role-model, Madonna, has said that she's a bigfan of Britney, and a duet with the new Princess of Pop is in the works.Britney also appeared in a one-hour BBC documentary on the Material Girl.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">As if CDs, sold-out concerts, books (her secondco-written book with her mother was released in April 2001, entitled A Mother's Gift), and a hugeendorsement aren't enough, Britney is now working on an acting career andtinkering with the idea of a fashion line.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">But for now, being the youngest female to achieve10-times platinum status and to notch a number 1 album and single in the <st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>US</st1:place></st1:country-region> with debutrecordings, ain't all that bad.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Today Britney even says «I never knew I would bethis famous» She is still going srong and even stars in the new movie«Crossroads».
Transcending her tumultuous teen character in «Crossroads,» aself-assured Britney Spears will live life in the fast lane for her next movie.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Spears' self-titled third album was a laboured attemptby the singer to cultivate a more mature image. Although its initial sales werenot as strong as her previous two albums, Britney shot straight to the top of the<st1:country-region w:st=«on»><st1:place w:st=«on»>US</st1:place></st1:country-region>album chart on its release in November 2001 for a brief stay.

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney Spears is a culturalphenomenon. Though there have been pop music princesses before, none have hadthe impact, success and influence of Britney Spears (though the

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext">Spice Girls<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> gave it a good shot before implodingspectacularly).

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney has become an icon to millions of fansworldwide and her
infectious brand of pop/R&B has become the template for girl pop.

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<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">She has spawned a new era in music inwhich the audience in control of record companies' multi-million dollar profitsare teenage girls. Britney has also drawn a host of imitators into pop musicthat include:

<span Arial",«sans-serif»;color:windowtext">Christina Aguilera<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">, <span Arial",«sans-serif»;color:windowtext">Jessica Simpson<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US"> and <span Arial",«sans-serif»;color:windowtext">Mandy Moore<span Arial",«sans-serif»; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:EN-US">. <span Arial",«sans-serif»;color:windowtext">

<span Arial",«sans-serif»; mso-ansi-language:EN-US">Britney is here to stay and getting bigger and betterall the time. All we can say is watch this space!!

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