Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American pop singer and occasional songwriter and actress.
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 1999, thanks to 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.
Spears has become one of the most recognizable celebrities and sex symbols of her generation, and in 2006 worldwide sales of her record sales topped the 85 million mark.