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Full Name: Britney Jean Spears
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Birthplace: Kentwood, Louisiana
Hometown: Kentwood, Louisiana
Parents: Jamie and Lynne Spears
Siblings: Bryan, 21 and Jamie Lynn, 8
Nicknames: Bit-Bit, Brit
Hair: light brown
Weight: 105 lbs
Hobbies: shopping, seeing movies, riding her go-kart
Enjoys: reading romance novels, swimming, days at the beach
Hates: her feet
Influences: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Otis Redding
Type of guys she likes: "I like guys with long hair, the rugged
type, not the pretty boy type at all"
Sports: basketball, golf, tennis, swimming
Sports Teams: Chicago Bulls, New York Yankees
Actors: Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Leo DiCaprio
Movies: "My Best Friends Wedding", "Steel
Food: Pizza, hot dogs, pasta
Ice cream: Cookie Dough
Color: Blue (esp. baby blue), black, red
Singers: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Prince, Brandy
Groups: Third Eye Blind, BSB, Areosmith
Clothing Designers: Betsey Johnson, Bebe, A/X, Rampage, Abercrombie &
Stores: The Gap
Disney Characters: Goofy and Donald Duck
At 17, Britney Spears enjoys being
a girl. She loves colors that pop and shopping till you drop, romance novels and idyllic
days at the beach. Untamed and untarnished as they come, the bright beautiful teen from
Kentwood, Louisiana (pop:1200), is poised to liven up the pop world with the irresistible
songs on her Jive Records self-titled debut release.
Produced by Eric Foster White (Whitney Houston, Hi-Five) and Max Martin (Robyn, Backstreet
Boys, Ace of Base), the album showcases Britney's unbridled effervescence and musical
curiosity. From the sweet melody of "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart," to the
driving funk of "One More Time," to the funky reggae beats of "Soda
Pop," to her soulful take on the Jets hit "You've Cot It All," Britney's
lively, assured vocal style is intoxicating. "I want to be an artist that everyone
can relate to, that's young, happy and fun," she says.
Despite a refreshingly adolescent attitude, Britney's life has hardly been traditional.
"I've done the prom thing, but it's only once a year," she notes about her
unconventional teenage lifestyle. "I need to sing and I love to travel."
Performing since early childhood in local dance reviews and church choirs, she auditioned
for the Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club" series at age eight in Atlanta. Too
young for her series, but too talented to dismiss, a producer on the show helped Britney
secure an agent in New York City, where she spent the next three summers studying at the
renowned Off-Broadway Dance Center and at the Professional Performing Arts School. She
also began appearing in national
commercials and Off-Broadway shows including the 1991 comedy, "Ruthless," based
on the 1956 thriller "The Bad Seed." "At 10 I was playing this really bad
child who seems real sweet but she's evil too. It was so much fun," she recalls.
Finally old enough at age 11, Britney earned a coveted place in "Mickey Mouse
Club." After two years performing on the popular children's TV show filmed in
Orlando, Britney returned to Kentwood for one completely normal year of high school at age
14. "It was fun for awhile but I started getting itchy to get out again and see the
world," she says.
A devoted fan of pop music- her favorites include Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and
Whitney Houston- Britney once again went to New York to pursue her dream. "I had
always wanted to be a singer," she says. "It's what I always wanted to do since
I was little." Now a seasoned performer at age 15, an audition for an all girl vocal
group led to her developing a solo career as a pop singer as well as continuing her high
school studies with tutors. "I need a lot of help in geometry and Spanish!" she
Recording with Martin in Sweden this past spring and in New Jersey with Foster White,
Britney's ready to make her own special mark on the world. "I love performing more
than anything and having people hear my music. I know I've had to give some stuff up to do
this, but I don't miss high school. When I was home two years ago, every weekend we'd go
out and do the same thing. It's wonderful as long as you love what you're doing, but I'd
rather be doing this!"
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