Britney Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American pop singer-songwriter, dancer, and occasional actress, author and executive producer. Spears is best known for her highly publicised personal life, studio albums, music videos and pop songs such as; "...Baby One More Time" and "Toxic."
Spears first came to fame as a member of the New Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s, taking a five-year break from entertainment after the show wrapped. She subsequently emerged at the forefront of the pop music scene in late 1998, thanks to the crafting of her chart-topping debut album by producer-songwriter Max Martin. Her second album, released the following year, was a similarly huge hit.
In the early 2000s, Spears' success as a singer led her way to high-profile advertising deals (most notably for Pepsi), as well as forays into other forms of media, including film and reality television. Her third and fourth albums released during this era included more artistic input from Spears, but yielded lower sales. In 2004 she married Kevin Federline, and the following year gave birth to their son Sean Preston. In 2006, she is set to resume her recording career.
With worldwide record sales topping the 85 million mark (as of 2006), Britney Spears has become one of the most recognizable celebrities and sex symbols of her generation.