Monday, January 10, 2011

Britney Spears Hold It Against Me song and Lyrics

                                                 Britney Spears Hold It Against Me Lyrics

Hey over there
Please forgive me
If i’m coming on too strong
Hate to stare
…but you’re winning
And they’re playing my favorite song
So come in little closer
Wanna whisper in your ear
Say it clear, little question
Wanna note how you just feel
If I feel my heart was beating loud
If we could escape the crowd some how
If I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me
Cause you feel like paradise
And I need a vacation tonight
So if I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me
Hey you might think
That i’m crazy
But I think you’re just my type
I might be little hazy (?)
But you just cannot deny
There’s a spark inbetween us
When we’re dancin’ on the floor
I want more, I wanna see it,
So I’m askin’ you tonight
If I feel my heart was beating loud
If we could escape the crowd some how
If I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me
Cause you feel like paradise
And I need a vacation tonight
So if I said I want your body now
Would you hold it against me

Britney Spears' New Single: Listen, React Now

Britney Spears' New Single: Listen, React Now!

"Hold It Against Me" is the new single from Britney Spears. Unlike the leaked demo from last week, this is the real version of the song, with Brit singing.
We're sort of let down. The lyrics, for one, are simply a play on a lame, ancient pick-up line - "If I said I liked your body, would you hold it against me?"
The beat is more or less forgettable too. She just sort of mouths inane lyrics over whatever "edgy" electro beats her producers lay out nowadays.
Doesn't seem like there's much about this that's distinctly Britney, but that's just one opinion. Take a listen yourself, vote below and comment away:

Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me

Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Britney Spears life steps , dates in britney life

 Britney Spears life steps

Britney Spears

Mini-Mouse Pack

Spears, 11, lands a cast spot on the New Mickey Mouse Club, where she performs with Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake will later become her first public romance.
Britney Spears

Proper Dress Code

Spears releases the video for ". . . Baby One More Time," in which she wears a schoolgirl's uniform and knotted shirt, revealing her midriff. "The outfits looked kind of dorky, so I was like, 'Let's tie up our shirts and be cute,'" she tells PEOPLE. The following spring, Spears, 17, poses in hot pants and a push-up bra for her first Rolling Stone cover.
Britney Spears
May 09

Like Mother, Like Daughter

After losing the Best New Artist Grammy award to pop rival Christina Aguilera, Spears and her mom release a coauthored memoir, Heart to Heart. "I'm living proof that you can succeed, no matter where you're from or how little you have," she writes. The two write another book together, A Mother's Gift, released in 2001.
May 16

Oops! Brit Does it Again

Spears' album, Oops! … I Did It Again debuts at No. 1 and sells more than 1 million copies in its first week. The title track touts the now-famous lyrics "I'm not that innocent."
Britney Spears
September 07

Pop Power Couple

Spears and singer Timberlake go public with their romance when they sit together at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. During the show, Spears performs a medley of her hit "Oops!...I Did It Again" and "Satisfaction" in a sequined, flesh-colored outfit.
Britney Spears
September 06

Snake on a Pop Star

Spears drapes a 7-ft. albino python around her shoulders during a performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The python is so "sticky" and "slimy," she tells EW, that she breaks into hives after she touches it the first time. Her third album, Britney, makes her the first female artist to have three albums debut at No. 1.
Britney Spears


Ending weeks of speculation, Spears confirms that she and Timberlake are no longer seeing each other. "[The breakup] was horrible. Very upsetting and it took a lot out of me. He was my first real love, and I doubt I'll ever be able to love anyone like that ever again," Spears tells PEOPLE. "But I'd rather spend two days with my soulmate than the rest of my life with some guy who doesn't mean as much."
Britney Spears

'I'm Not That Innocent'

In a W magazine cover story, Spears poses like a designer-clad lap dancer, and admits to kissing actor Colin Farrell and losing her much publicized virginity to Timberlake. "I thought he was the one," the pop star says to the magazine. "But I was wrong!" On August 28, the pop princess and her pop peer Aguilera famously kiss pop queen Madonna during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Britney Spears

Sweet Success

Spears releases her album In The Zone, and the single "Toxic" goes on to win a Grammy for best dance recording. Despite her commercial success, this is Spears' first Grammy win.
Britney Spears
January 3-5

Vegas Style

Spears weds childhood friend Jason Alexander in a Las Vegas ceremony, but the marriage is annulled after 55 hours. Spears tells Today's Matt Lauer it was an act of rebellion, prompted by a demanding performance schedule.

Britney Spears
April 23

New Romance

Photographers snap Spears leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel with Kevin Federline, a backup dancer, and reports declare they're a couple. Shar Jackson, Federline's girlfriend, who is pregnant with his second child, tells PEOPLE, "This just isn't right."
Britney Spears
September 18

I Do, Part Two

Spears and Federline marry in a surprise ceremony at a private home in Studio City, Calif. The wedding is planned for Oct. 16, but as press attention grows, the couple invite 27 friends and family members to what they pretend is an engagement party. Spears wears a $26,000 strapless silk gown by designer Monique Lhuillier. She describes the wedding as "my fairy tale dream."
Britney Spears
May 17

Must-See TV?

A month after the couple announces they are expecting their first child together, their six-episode show Britney and Kevin: Chaotic debuts on UPN. The show, which barely makes a blip in the Nielsen ratings, chronicles the beginnings of the couple's relationship prior to their 2004 wedding.
Britney Spears
September 14

Bouncing Baby Boy

Spears gives birth to son Sean Preston by C-section. He weighs 6-lb. 11-oz. While still pregnant, Spears told PEOPLE, "I find being pregnant empowering. I think it brings out a pure side of you, and I think that's cool."
Britney Spears
February 06

Getaway Driver

When photos are published of Spears driving with 5-month-old son Sean Preston on her lap, critics question her parenting skills. She says she did the same thing with her dad as a child ("I'd sit on his lap and he'd drive. We're country," she tells NBC's Matt Lauer). "I love my baby more than anything and as unfortunate an experience as this has been for me and my family, if it brings more attention to child safety then I fully support that," she tells PEOPLE.
Britney Spears

Belly-Baring Mom

Not one to let pregnancy inspire modesty, a dark-haired Spears, who is pregnant with her second child, appears nude on the August cover of Harper's Bazaar. "It made me want to cry a little bit, doing these photos," she says. "I started feeling like myself again." On Sept. 12, Spears welcomes son Jayden James. "It just kind of happened," Spears tells PEOPLE of the second pregnancy.
Britney Spears
November 07

K-Fed Becomes Fed-Ex

After dropping in on David Letterman at the Late Show looking like her former, sexy self and wearing a short black dress and blonde bob, Spears files for divorce from Federline, citing "irreconcilable differences." While he continues on his promotional tour, she's spotted out and about in Manhattan. She is also seen partying in L.A. and Las Vegas with Paris Hilton.
Britney Spears

Rollercoaster Rehab

Spears goes back into rehab after checking in and out within just a few days. She checked out of the Malibu rehab center she entered a day earlier after a weekend of clubbing and shaving her head. On March 20, she is released from the Promises Malibu Treatment Center after completing its program during her one-month stay.
Britney Spears

Brit & K-Fed's Custody Battle

After their divorce is finalized, Federline files for primary physical custody of their two boys and subpoenas Spears' friend Alli Sims, bodyguard Daimon Shippen and former assistant Shannon Funk to testify about her parenting skills. In September, a judge rules that Spears must undergo random drug testing, meet with a "parenting coach" twice a week, and with Federline complete a program called "Parenting Without Conflict." A few weeks later, she loses temporary custody of her boys.
Britney Spears
August 30

Brit's Comeback?

Spears releases her comeback single, "Gimme More," to strong reviews, kicking off her upcoming album. But when the pop star opens the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, her live performance is a bust. The New York Times says of Spears, "She didn't disappoint; she was awful. Visibly nervous, she tottered around the stage, dancing tentatively and doing nothing that sounded or looked like real live singing." The following week, her managem

Britney Spears
November 07

Britney's Blackout

One day after Spears is ordered to pay $120,000 in lawyer fees for Federline, her new album Blackout receives critical approval and strong early sales. It sells 290,000 copies in its first week, entering at No.2 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
Britney Spears
January 03

Britney in Crisis

After appearing late to court regarding her custody battle with Federline, Spears locks herself in a room with her youngest son Jayden at her L.A. home and refuses to hand him over to Federline. After a four-hour standoff, Spears is taken out on a gurney (left) and hospitalized for mental evaluation. Custody of the children, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, is transferred to Federline (In July, Federline retains sole custody). Less than 24 hours later, Spears, who is reportedly diagnosed as bipolar, is released from the hospital.
Britney Spears
January 31

Lynne & Jamie to the Rescue

Spears is hospitalized again for psychiatric evaluation. "She went willingly. It was like something in her heart was telling her she should go. She knew something was wrong," constant confidant Sam Lutfi tells PEOPLE. But Spears' parents, Jamie and Lynne, battle Lutfi over who decides what is best for Spears. On Feb. 1, Jamie gains legal control over his daughter's affairs, and they are granted a restraining order against Lutfi – who Lynne claims used drugs and insults to control Spears. On Feb. 6, Spears is released early from the UCLA psych ward.
Britney Spears
March 24

Britney's Steady Return

Britney's back at work! Despite the drama in her life, Spears makes a guest appearance on CBS's How I Met Your Mother. The pop star plays a receptionist that falls for one of the show's main characters, played by Josh Radnor (left). "She was hilarious in the table-read, and I got to see her do the run-through as well, and she was great," says cast member Jason Segel. In May, Spears, who reportedly reunites with manager Larry Rudolph, reprises her HIMYM role to strong reviews.
Britney Spears
September 07

Britney's VMA Comeback

In a vintage silver Versace minidress, Spears makes her triumphant return to the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, where she wins three Moonmen, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video, all for her hit "Piece of Me." After winning her first VMA ever, Spears dedicates the award to her fans. "This is for you," she says.
Britney Spears

Brit's Circus

Spears covers Rolling Stone on the verge of her album release and the premiere of her MTV documentary. In the revealing interview, she discusses recording Circus–which tops the charts and sells more than 500,000 copies–and the importance of being a mom. "They're starting to learn words like 'stupid,' and Preston says the f-word now sometimes," Spears tells the magazine. "He doesn't get it from us. He must get it from his daddy."
Britney Spears

Mixing Business with Pleasure

Spears begins dating her agent Jason Trawick, a source confirms to PEOPLE. "They're very sweet together," the source says, adding that Spears "always had a crush" on him. "Her dad loves him. He's the best thing that happened to her."
Britney Spears
September 28


FOX's musical hit Glee pays homage to Spears with its "Britney/Brittany" episode, which earns the show its best-ever rating among adults 18-49. "Watching Baby brings back so many memories. Feels like yesterday," the singer, who appears as herself, a teacher and a cheerleader in the show, Tweets while watching a rendition of her first hit "Baby One More Time."

Britney Spears Snapshot

Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Date of Birth
December 02, 1981
Birth Place
Kentwood, La.
Pop superstardom began for Britney Spears in 1998 when she sported Lolita-like pigtails and naughty schoolgirl garb for "...Baby One More Time." Since then, she has generated record-shattering sales and made iconic music videos and performances.

After losing her much publicized virginity to Justin Timberlake and embarking on a 55-hour marriage with a pre-fame pal, Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. The union produced two sons and a 2006 divorce.

Post-K-Fed, Spears exhibited some bizarre behavior that led to a rocky stint in rehab. After losing custody of her two sons, the ailing pop princess bounced back emotionally with the help of her parents and made a career comeback with her No. 1 album, Circus.

Britney Spears Full Biography

Britney Spears Full Biography

Singer, songwriter, actress. Born on December 2, 1981, in Kentwood, Louisiana. For more than a decade, Britney Spears has been one of the most successful—and sometimes controversial—solo acts in popular music. For a time, however, she was better known for her personal struggles. Spears launched her latest comeback in 2008, releasing a new album and setting out on a world tour.
The middle of the three children, Spears developed an interest in performing at a young age. "Ever since I was 7 or 8 years old, my mom would have company over, and I was always performing for everybody in front of the TV. . .Even when I went to school, I was always the weird child; I would go outside and instead of playing, I wanted to have 'Star Search' competitions," Spears told Hollywood Reporter.
When she was eight, she auditioned for a spot on the Disney Channel's The New Mickey Mouse Club. Spears did not get the part, but she did eventually achieve one childhood dream: showcasing her vocal talents on the popular entertainment competition Star Search in 1992.
Spears tried again for The New Mickey Mouse Club when she was 11. This time, she was picked for the cast, which also featured other up-and-coming talents such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and actress Keri Russell. Spears appeared on the children's variety show for two seasons. "We had an amazing amazing time; we got to sing and dance and do everything," she later explained to Hollywood Reporter.
After its cancellation, Spears focused on developing her musical career. She eventually landed a contract with Jive Records. In December 1998, Spears released her first single, "...Baby One More Time." The catchy pop tune reached the top of the pop charts at the end of January 1999, propelled in part by its music video. In the video, the teenaged Spears wore a skimpier version of the traditional Catholic schoolgirl uniform, drawing sharp criticism from the parents of her young fans. Despite her racy outfit, Spears claimed to be a sweet, innocent Southern girl at heart.
The entire . . . Baby One More Time album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts that same year, and went on to sell more than 22 million copies worldwide. At the 1999 Billboard Music Awards, Spears picked up three awards Female Album Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Best New Artist of the Year. She was part of a teenage pop music wave, which included fellow Mickey Mouse Club alumni Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson.
Building upon her meteoric rise, Spears released Oops! I Did It Again in 2000. The recording was an instant No. 1 hit on the album charts, selling more than 1 million copies in the first week. Her personal life was also receiving more media attention, as rumors circulated that she was dating Justin Timberlake, then part of the hit pop group 'N Sync.
With 2001's Britney, Spears made the first move toward shedding her virginal image, while also taking her sound in a different direction. The track, "I'm a Slave 4 U," sounded more like Prince than her bubble-gum pop of the past. "I'd get bored singing the same type of songs all the time. I still love my old stuff, but you have to extend yourself and grow," she explained to Entertainment Weekly. Performing "I'm a Slave 4 U" at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, Spears made heads turn by dancing with a seven-foot albino python around her neck and wearing a barely-there costume.

Around this same time, Spears took a leading role in the feature film Crossroads. The coming-of-age drama received a drubbing from critics after its February 2002 release, but it ended up netting more than $37 million at the box office. Later that spring, Spears experienced another disappointment. She and Timberlake announced that they had broken up.
The following year, Spears created some headlines for her actions at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. She and fellow former Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera shared a kiss with pop superstar Madonna, during Madonna's performance. Some saw this dramatic stage moment as another way for Spears to present the latest version of her more sexualized public persona. Spears acknowledged around this time that Madonna was an important influence on her. "I remember being in my living room and watching her on TV. I'd dance around in my short tops and sing and dream about being her," Spears told Newsweek.
Spears' next album, In the Zone, hit stores that November, which included an appearance by Madonna on the "Me Against the Music" track. The recording's top single, "Toxic," earned Spears her first Grammy Award win for Best Dance Recording.
By January 2004, Spears appeared to be rebelling again—this time, against her intense work schedule. She married her childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas, but the union was annulled two days later. She then got involved with backup dancer Kevin Federline. At the time, Federline's girlfriend Shar Jackson was pregnant with their second child. Spears' relationship with Federline only intensified with the media's scrutiny of her private life.
Spears experienced some troubles in her professional life around this time. She had to undergo surgery to correct a knee injury, forcing her to cancel the last part of her tour. Her personal life, however, seemed to be flourishing. Spears and Federline married on September 18, 2004, in Studio City, California.
Shortly after her wedding, she released Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. Spears covered the Bobby Brown hit "My Prerogative," which seemed to be her way of talking back to her critics and lashing out about the media frenzy that continually surrounded her. The recording sold 5 million copies, a million less than In the Zone.
Despite her declining sales, Spears seemed contented. She and her husband announced that they were expecting their first child together in April 2005. "I find being pregnant empowering. I think it brings out a pure side of you," Spears told People magazine. As fascinated as the media and the public had been about this young couple, few people tuned in to catch a glimpse of their 2005 reality show Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, which told the story of their early relationship through personal videos. That September, the couple welcomed son Sean Preston.
The new mother found herself in hot water in February 2006, after she was caught on film driving her car with her infant son in her lap. Her parenting skills became a subject of national debate, and she was even rebuked by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta for her actions. Calling her behavior "irresponsible" and "troubling," Mineta said that Spears was sending "the wrong message to millions of her fans." Spears apologized for the incident, claiming that she just wanted to get away from the paparazzi. "I love my baby more than anything, and as unfortunate an experience as this has been for me and my family, if it brings more attention to child safety then I fully support that," she told People magazine.

In September 2006, Spears and Federline had a new addition to their young family with the birth of their son Jayden James. But Spears made a surprising move two months later when she filed for divorce, claiming "irreconcilable differences." After her separation, Spears frequented the club scene for a time, partying with socialite Paris Hilton among others. She reportedly checked in and out rehabilitation, and then shaved her head in a California beauty salon while the paparazzi took pictures in February 2007. She told the salon owner that "my mom is going to freak." The following month, Spears spent time at a treatment center in California.
By the summer, Spears and Federline were in the midst of a difficult custody battle. Federline sought full physical custody of their two sons. She was also estranged from her mother. Despite her personal challenges, Spears moved forward with her latest album. The single, "Gimme More," was released in August and received a warm reception from the public and critics. But Spears' performance of the song at that year's MTV Video Music Award was a disaster. She appeared nervous on stage, sluggishly dancing and poorly lip-syncing. The following month, Spears was charged in connection to a hit-and-run incident in a parking lot.
Britney wasn't the only member of her family making headlines in 2007, however. Her younger sister, actress Jamie Lynn, announced that she was pregnant at the age of 16. Jamie Lynn, who was a star on cable's kid-friendly Nickelodeon channel at the time, became a controversial symbol of teen pregnancy.
Despite these setbacks, the album Blackout reached the second slot on the Billboard charts after its November release. This comeback of sorts seemed to be short-lived, as Spears appeared to have yet another breakdown in January 2008. She was taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation when she refused to return her sons to their father after a court-appointed visit. Federline eventually received full custody of the two boys.
By month's end, Spears returned to the hospital for another evaluation. Rumors circulated that she had bipolar disorder, but that diagnosis has not been confirmed. Her mother, Lynne, later wrote in her memoir Through the Storm that she believed her daughter experienced postpartum depression.
While in the hospital, Spears became the subject of a power struggle between her parents, Jamie and Lynne, and her then-manager Sam Lufti. The couple believed that Lufti was a bad influence on their daughter and was trying to control her life. Her father went to court and obtained control over Britney's personal, professional, and medical matters.
Only two months after her personal crisis, Spears returned to the spotlight with a well-received guest appearance on the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She released her next recording Circus in December, which instantly hit the top of the album charts, buoyed in part by the success of her single "Womanizer," which was released two months earlier. The song had reached the No. 1 spot, proving that Spears was still a powerful force in the world of pop music. Rolling Stone critic Caryn Ganz heralded the recording as "clubby, adventurous pop." And her fans agreed, sending the singles "Piece of Me" and "Circus" into the pop Top 20 and Top 10, respectively.

One year after her poor showing at the MTV Video Music Awards, Spears made a triumphant return, bringing home three awards for "Piece of Me." She has been touring extensively to support the album, and her ex-husband even joined her for a time with their sons so that she could spend some time with her boys.
Spears seems to have settled down after a turbulent time, telling Glamour magazine that "I don't like going out...I love my home and staying in bed and watching Dancing with the Stars or reading a Danielle Steel novel. I'm kind of boring."
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  • Albums    (u can find them in this blog :) )
  • 1999 . . . Baby One More Time
    2000 Oops! . . . I Did It Again
    2001 Britney
    2003 In the Zone
    2004 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
    2005 B in the Mix: The Remixes
    2007 Blackout
    2008 Circus 

The biography of Britney Spears - singer life story

Britney Spears
Britney Spears More than any other single artist, Britney Spears was the driving force behind the return of teen pop in the late '90s. The blockbuster success of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys certainly paved the way for her own commercial breakthrough, but Spears didn't just become a star -- she was a bona fide pop phenomenon. Not only did she sell millions of records, she was a media fixture regardless of what she was (or wasn't) doing; among female singers of the era (many of whom followed in her footsteps), her celebrity star power was rivaled only by Jennifer Lopez. From the outset, Spears' sex appeal was an important part of her image; the video for her debut single, "...Baby One More Time," outfitted her in full Catholic-school regalia, and sent her well on the way to becoming an international sex symbol. Yet Spears' handlers seemed to be trying to have it both ways -- there was a definite tension between the wholesome innocence Spears tried to project for her female audience, and the titillating sexuality that enticed so many male fans. Those marketing tactics made Spears a somewhat controversial figure, the subject of endless debates concerning appropriate role models for teenage girls. Early on, Spears tried to defuse the controversy by preaching abstinence until marriage, and even denied that she was consciously cultivating such a sexualized image. Of course, the more provocative and revealing her on-stage wardrobe became, the less plausible that claim seemed. But apart from her ability to tiptoe the line between virginal coquette and brazen tart, Spears had a secret weapon in Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin, who had a hand in the vast majority of her hits as a writer and/or producer. With Martin crafting the sort of contemporary dance-pop and sentimental ballads that made stars of the Backstreet Boys, Spears kept on delivering the goods commercially, as her first three albums all topped the charts.

Britney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1982, in the small town of Kentwood, LA, and began performing as a singer and dancer at a young age. With a nationally televised appearance on Star Search already under her belt, Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel's The New Mickey Mouse Club at age eight. The producers turned her down as too young, but one of them took an interest and introduced her to an agent in New York. Spears spent the next three years studying at the Professional Performing Arts School, and also appeared in several television commercials and off-Broadway plays. At 11, she returned to The New Mickey Mouse Club for a second audition, and this time made the cut. Although her fellow Mouseketeers included an impressive array of future stars -- *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Christina Aguilera, and Felicity actress Keri Russell -- the show was canceled after Spears' second season. She returned to New York at age 15 and set about auditioning for pop bands and recording demo tapes, one of which eventually landed her a deal with Jive Records.

Spears entered the studio with top writer/producers like Eric Foster White (Boyzone, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys) and Max Martin (Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC). In late 1998, Jive released her debut single, the Martin-penned "...Baby One More Time." Powered by its video, in which Spears and a troupe of dancers were dressed as Catholic-school jailbait, the single shot to the top of the Billboard charts. When Spears' debut album of the same title was released in early 1999, it entered the charts at number one and stayed there for six weeks. Once the ubiquitous lead single died down, the album kept spinning off hits: the Top Ten "(You Drive Me) Crazy," the near-Top 20 ballad "Sometimes," and the Top 20 "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart." By the end of 1999, ...Baby One More Time had sold ten million copies, and went on to sell a good three million more on top of that. Its success touched off a wave of young pop divas that included Christina Aguilera, Pink, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore. Spears was a superstar, drooled over in countless magazines, including a Rolling Stone cover that prompted immediate speculation about the still-17 year old having gotten breast implants.

By the time ...Baby One More Time finally started to lose steam on the singles and album charts, Spears was ready to release her follow-up. Oops!...I Did It Again appeared in the spring of 2000, and the title track was an instant smash, racing into the Top Ten. The album entered the charts at number one and sold over a million copies in its first week of release, setting a new record for single-week sales by a female artist. Follow-up singles included "Lucky," the gold-selling "Stronger," and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," which was co-written by country diva Shania Twain and her producer Mutt Lange. A year after its release, Oops!...I Did It Again had sold over nine million copies. Rumors that Spears was dating *N Sync heartthrob (and fellow ex-Mouseketeer) Justin Timberlake were eventually confirmed, which only added to the media attention lavished on her.

For her next album, Spears looked ahead to a not-so-distant future when both she and much of her audience would be growing up. Released in late 2001, Britney tried to present the singer as a more mature young woman, and was accompanied by mild hints that her personal life wasn't always completely puritanical. It became her third straight album to debut at number one, although this time around the singles weren't as successful; "I'm a Slave 4 U," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," and "Overprotected" all missed the Top Ten. In early 2002, Spears' feature-film debut, Crossroads, hit theaters, but its commercial performance was somewhat disappointing; moreover, her romance with Timberlake fizzled not long after. Spears next made a cameo appearance in Mike Myers' Austin Powers: Goldmember, and contributed a remix of "Boys" to the soundtrack. Meanwhile, sales of Britney stalled at four million copies, perhaps in part because a new breed of teenage female singer/songwriters, like Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne, was emerging as an alternative to the highly packaged teen queens. Spears took a break from recording and performing for several months, and began work on a new album in early 2003.