Britney Wears Lots of Leather
Britney has been a singer all of her life. After several labels rejected her, she finally signed with Jive Records. The studio envisioned her as being a younger, hipper version of Sheryl Crow. Her first album, "...Baby One More Time," was released in January 1999 and became one of the top albums of the decade, crowned by the smash No. 1 hit title track and the strong follow-up "Oops I Did It Again."
Spears cultivated a sexual image from her earliest days as a solo artist. She engendered controversy with a series of provocative covers for Rolling Stone Magazine.
Never showing too much, Britney succeeded in skirting the edges of bad taste without smashing through. She had a much-publicized romance with Justin Timberlake, but moved on from that to have two boys with Kevin Federline.
Britney went on to many more successful albums and accompanying singles. Her romances with Justin Timberlake and failed marriages also gained her much publicity. Fame became too much for her about ten years into her solo career, and she was placed under the care of her father. Nobody but Britney understands the pressures she was under.
What's amazing, and what few people seem to appreciate, is how completely Britney bounced back. How many acts from 2000 are still going strong, still making money left and right, still doing it their way, without succumbing for good to some format that banks solely on their celebrity not their true skills? Britney is. She still entertains, sings her songs, dances and does what she's always done.
|Britney looking a tad uncertain during a disastrous MTV performance in 2007.|
Britney Spears remains very much a major force in the music industry. She branched out briefly as a judge on "The X Factor" for a season, performing more solidly than many expected, then moved on without any damage to her career whatsoever. Her album releases and tours remain events for her devoted fans and the music scene in general, and she performs regularly in Las Vegas. As you will see below, though, this is not her first taste of Sin City. Tickets to see Britney in Vegas are hard to get, proving that she remains at the top of her game.
Below, Britney Spears, in all her leather glory!
|Britney dressed up for her first Las Vegas incarnation in the early 2000s.|
|Britney Spears in 2003|
|Britney during her stint on "X Factor."|
|Britney at the Super Bowl with... well, who cares who she was with, it's Britney!|
|Britney's Super Bowl appearance was a huge success.|