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Britney Spears turns 30: A timeline of the singer's life in video

Britney Spears turns 30
Britney Spears turns 30 today. Which means the singer can finally close the book on her 20s -- that turbulent decade that saw her start as one of the biggest pop stars in the world, then hurtle through a nightmare progression of breakdowns, marriages, divorces, hospitalizations, a disastrous MTV VMA performance, a head-shaving incident and the loss of custody of her children.

What has happened to Spears over the course of the last decade is enough to fill a book the size of a Dickens novel. Unless you've been a regular reader of the gossip sites, you may have missed some of the twists and turns.

But for the time-challenged, here's a brief recap of Spears' career in three videos.

PHOTOS: Britney Spears through the years

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RCA to close Jive, Arista and J label imprints [Updated]

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 RCA Music Group is slimming down for the holidays by shuttering its Arista, Jive and J Records subsidiaries, a move by new label execs to strengthen the identity of the RCA brand. Artists who have been with those three imprints, which have been home to Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Pitbull, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Barry Manilow, R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Dido, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis and others, will be shifted to RCA.

[Updated at 11:11 a.m. Oct. 7: "In an effort to refresh RCA Records, all label imprints -- J Records, Arista Records and Jive -- will now be under the the iconic RCA Records label," according to a statement RCA issued Friday.]

Jive produced several of the biggest-selling albums of all time in the midst of the youth pop boom a decade ago, including the multiplatinum hits for 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Spears.

There’s no mention so far of what role under the new arrangement will be played by Davis, who in recent years had continued to sign and develop artists on J.

On Friday morning, there was no indication of the change evident on Jive Records official website, but sites for both J and Arista now default to the RCA Music Group site.

[Updated at 1:27 a.m. Oct. 7: The changes do not affect the Arista Nashville label, or the other three country music labels that are under the Sony Music Nashville umbrella: RCA, Columbia and BNA.  "Arista Nashville and its respective roster are not impacted in any way," Gary Overton, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville, said Friday in a statement. "Our four-label Sony Music Nashville operations remain unchanged."]


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"Steve Jobs gave the blind eyes; the deaf ears" -- Stevie Wonder

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Britney Spears. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

MTV VMA Awards: Pop Video

Britney Spears wins pop video award

2011 MTV Video Music Awards Pop Video winner: Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends"

Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

MTV VMAs: Show is better sans host, says former N'Syncer [Video]

MTV threw audiences for somewhat of a loop this year when the network decided at the last minute that the telecast go sans an outrageous host.

J.C. Chasez, former N'SYNC band member and current judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew," has been to a fair share of VMAs since his boy-band days. And on the black carpet at Sunday's event, he said he thought the network made a smart move in putting together a show without its usual emcee.
"It's a new approach, and I think it might be great," said Chasez, who estimated he had been to 10 VMA ceremonies. "What I find interesting is -- essentially, it's a music show, so I don't know how many comedians we need telling jokes, anyway. So it might be great to just get to your favorite artist, get to the music, get to the award."

Despite his longtime friendship with Britney Spears, however, Chasez said he wouldn't be a part of the evening's tribute to the pop star.

"I'm too old, man," he joked, when asked if N'SYNC might help to honor Spears. I think that anybody who's had success for 10 years probably deserves a pat on the back. ... She's found something that people are just drawn to, and she has a rapport with the world that is unlike anybody else."


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--Amy Kaufman

Live review: Britney Spears at Staples Center

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In the video interludes between songs on Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour, which landed at Staples Center on Monday night, she’s under surveillance by a creepy Bond-villain type with a curious habit. He’s constantly sucking on bright red lollipops.

The candy quirk was a weird and funny flashback to a more innocent time in Spears’ career, back when she wore pigtails and cardigans and dominated the teen-pop spectrum of the late ‘90s and early 2000s.

There was something Freudian to it as well: Pop culture had made a safari sport of Britney-hunting, and spent most of 2007 watching a beloved young female pop star’s life and family (and, as some speculated, her health) unravel in spectacularly public fashion.

In another twist to the video, she eventually slinks in, binds and gags the villain in a way that he might not have been wholly displeased with.

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Salem makes Britney Spears sound even more screwy

Well, here's an unexpected remix: Michigan's gnarliest goth-synth-rap trio Salem giving the Britney Spears (as cowritten by Ke$ha) single "Till The World Ends" a vigorous onceover of chopped-and-screwed vocals, a half-time 808 drawl and gain-ravaged synthesizers. This might be essentially what the world sounded like inside Spears' head circa 2007, so pop some popcorn and enjoy the video's night-vision footage of strippers and helicopter strafing runs and think about the world ending, and how dancing won't do much to help.


Live Review: Salem at the Echoplex

Britney Spears reveals video for 'Till The World Ends'

Album Review: Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale'

-- August Brown

Tickets for Britney Spears' Southern California tour stops go on sale Saturday

Britney Spears Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour will reach Southern California with stops June 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and June 24 at Honda Center in Anaheim, with tickets for both going on sale Saturday.

Sales will begin at 10 a.m. on the Ticketmaster and Live Nation websites.

Spears is joined on the tour, which opens June 16 in Sacramento, by Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. 

Her new “Femme Fatale” album entered the national sales chart earlier this month at No. 1 with first-week sales of 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it her sixth to top the chart.


Album review: Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale'

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Britney Spears tapes a "Good Morning America" appearance earlier this year. Credit: Max Morse / Getty Images

Marines bring Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' to Afghanistan desert in YouTube video

What do U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan do when they have a little bit of spare time on their hands? 

They cover Britney Spears, of course.

In this YouTube video, Marines in Afghanistan do their best impression of Spears as they lip-sync her single, "Hold It Against Me" -- dance break included.

The platoon has also offered versions of Miley Cyrus' "Party In the U.S.A." and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls."

In a teaser video, the Marines announce they plan on covering Diddy-Dirty Money's smash, "Coming Home" -- appropriately pegged as their last video before they end their tour and return to the U.S.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy


Adele's '21' tops 1 million; Record Store Day looms as sales slow


Last week saw a new Britney Spears album land on the U.S. pop charts, a set that was teased and hyped for months, with the simple unveiling of an album cover resulting in online blog posts, polls and dozens of reader comments. One week later, a diva is celebrating more than 1 million copies sold of her latest album, but it's not Britney, as her "Femme Fatale" slips to No. 2, with sales down more than 70%, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving her a two-week total of 352,000 copies.

Meanwhile, U.K. soul scorcher Adele is having a banner year, as her "21" returns to the top of the Billboard charts, adding an additional 88,000 copies to its tally. In seven weeks, her "21" has managed to become the year's first million seller, as it just crosses the seven-figure mark this week. 

Two other newcomers land on the top 10 this week, and both hail from the rock realm. Local masked rockers the Hollywood Undead enter at No. 4, selling 66,000 copies of "American Tragedy," while U.K. metal act Asking Alexandria enters at No. 9 with "Reckless & Relentless." Both are career peaks.

Other notes from this week's chart:

The festival season is upon us, and yes, it's important ... Especially if you're the Strokes. The band's new album, "Angles," has received a lukewarmly positive greeting from critics, and fans have thus far taken a wait-and-see approach. The album has sold 123,000 copies in three weeks, and is tumbling down the charts, falling to No. 45 this week. The band has a headlining shot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this weekend, and while the fest isn't one to instantly spur sales, a strong showing by the band could at least re-ignite attention for the album. 

Speaking of sparks. Expect retail numbers to be up next week, at least in one sector. Saturday makes the return of Record Store Day, a popular indie-retail-driven marketing event in which numerous labels and artists release limited-edition equipment to mom-and-pop stores. Last year, Record Store Day inspired a 12% boost in sales at indie outlets. Though they're not relying on the likes of Britney and Chris Brown, the importance of Record Store Day has had indie outlets declaring that it provides a bigger sales bump than the holiday season. Looking at the bigger picture, overall album sales are down about 11%. Yet those in the market for some Record Store Day exclusives, expect your local dealer to be packed.

The great unknown: Radiohead's "King of Limbs" has a solid second week, with sales holding steady at around 67,000 -- a 3% dip from the previous week. In two weeks, "The King of Limbs" has sold a total of 137,000 copies, but that number does not include Radiohead's direct-to-consumer digital sales over the last two months. But this much is known: The two-week sales for "King of Limbs" tally 137,000, which is in the ballpark of the first week physical sales of "In Rainbows," which sold 122,000 copies when it hit retail shelves after its direct-to-consumer, pay-what-you-want model. 


Album review: Adele's '21'

Rihanna calls on Britney Spears for steamy 'S&M' remix

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-- Todd Martens

Photo: Adele. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Rihanna calls on Britney Spears for steamy 'S&M' remix


When Rihanna, who has become known for a few guest spots herself, asked her Twitter followers whom  they wanted her to collaborate with, her fans overwhelmingly chose Britney Spears.

And that’s no surprise, considering that every pop star from Rihanna to Ke$ha has taken a page out of the book of Spears. The surprise, however, came when the guarded diva agreed to the collab. Though Spears has been making the (pre-taped) rounds in support of her latest album, “Femme Fatale,” the words “featuring Britney Spears” have never really been in her vocabulary. Until now.

The two teamed up for a remix of Rihanna’s sex romp “S&M,” which premiered early Monday on New York City radio station Z100. 

“In order to do a remix, it had to be major,” Rihanna said in a phoned-in interview with morning show host Elvis. “I asked my fans last week who they really wanted me to collaborate with, and Britney was one of the most popular names. Britney doesn’t do features, and it was really amazing that she wanted to be a part of this song.”

The debut of the track came after a weekend of teasing from the two via Twitter.

Rihanna announced that she had "a sexy collabo comin' your way supa dupa soon...OH YEAH!!! By popular demand...." Before Spears (or, just as likely, one of her team) wrote, "You're such a tease! I like it, like it ..."

Though the track didn’t get a huge makeover, Spears brought her own naughty verse to the already salacious track.

“Just one night full of sin/ Feel the pain on your skin/ Tough, I don't scream 'mercy'/ It's your turn to hurt me/ If I'm bad, tie me down/ Shut me up, gag and bound me/ 'Cuz the pain is my pleasure/ Nothing comes better," she sings in her signature coo.

Take a listen to the track after the jump.  


Britney Spears announces tour with Enrique Iglesias, then Enrique Iglesias drops out of Britney Spears tour [video]

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy / gerrickkennedy

Photo: (Left) Rihanna. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA. (Right) Britney Spears. Credit: Tony Avelar / Associated Press


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