Vanessa Grigoriadis reported in "The Tragedy of Britney Spears" (2008), her cover story for Rolling Stone, that "more than any other star today, Britney epitomizes the crucible of fame for the famous: loving it, hating it and never quite being able to stop it from destroying you." Grigoriadis wrote that "every day in L.A., at least a hundred paparazzi, reporters and celebrity-magazine editors dash after her" and that paparazzi estimated Spears generated "up to twenty percent of their coverage for the past year." She further documented that in addition to tabloid journalists, the Associated Press declared that everything Spears does is considered news. "The paparazzi feed the celebrity magazines, which feed the mainstream press, while sources sell their dirtiest material to British tabloids, and then it trickles back to America," wrote Grigoriadis. "She's the canary in the coal mine of our culture, the most vivid representation of the excess of the past decade."
Britney Spears star at the Hollywood walk of fame
Britney Spears became a pop culture icon immediately after launching her recording career. Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "One of the most controversial and successful female vocalists of the 21st century," she "spearheaded the rise of post-millennial teen pop ... Spears early on cultivated a mixture of innocence and experience that broke the bank". She is listed by the Guinness World Records as having the "Best-selling album by a teenage solo artist" for her debut album ...Baby One More Time which sold over thirteen million copies in the United States. Melissa Ruggieri of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, "She's also marked for being the best-selling teenage artist. Before she turned 20 in 2001, Spears sold more than 37 million albums worldwide". Barbara Ellen of The Observer reported: "Spears is famously one of the 'oldest' teenagers pop has ever produced, almost middle aged in terms of focus and determination. Many 19-year-olds haven't even started working by that age, whereas Britney, a former Mouskateer, was that most unusual and volatile of American phenomena - a child with a full-time career. While other little girls were putting posters on their walls, Britney was wanting to be the poster on the wall. Whereas other children develop at their own pace, Britney was developing at a pace set by the ferociously competitive American entertainment industry". 'Britney Spears' has been Yahoo!'s most popular search term for the last four consecutive years, seven times in total. Spears was named as Most Searched Person in the Guinness World Records book edition 2007 and 2009.
People and MTV reported that on October 1, 2008, Bronx's John Philip Sousa Middle School, named their music studio in honor of Britney Spears, Spears herself was present during the ceremony and donated $10,000 dollars to the school's music program.
Products and endorsements
Britney Spears perfume "Curious"
In early 2001, Spears signed a multi-million dollar promotional deal with Pepsi that included television commercials, point-of-purchase promotions, and Internet ties between Spears and the company. Britney Spears has earned over US$370 million from her many, multi-million dollar advertisement and endorsement deals all around the World.. She has published four books, including A Mother's Gift, and released seven DVDs, including her self-produced 2005 reality series Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. Other Spears products include a doll and a video game. She participated in seven tours including "The Onyx Hotel Tour" in 2004. She has grossed over US$350 million from tour ticket sales and over $185 million in merchandise from her tours, the most ever grossed by a performer (male and female).
Spears endorsed her first Elizabeth Arden fragrance "Curious" in 2004, and earned $100 million in sales in the five weeks after its 2004 release. In September 2005, Spears released the fragrance "Fantasy" with Elizabeth Arden, which also saw great success. These were followed by the release of two more fragrances of "Curious:In Control" and "Midnight Fantasy" in 2006. Her latest Elizabeth Arden fragrance "Believe", was released in September 2007. In January, 2008, Spears released Curious Heart.Spears will release a new fragrance entitled Hidden Fantasy, due in stores in January, 2009.
" ...Baby One More Time (1999)
" Oops!... I Did It Again (2000)
" Britney (2001)
" In the Zone (2003)
" Blackout (2007)
" Circus (2008)
" 1999: ...Baby One More Time Tour
" 2000: Crazy 2K Tour
" 2000: Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour
" 2001 - 2002: Dream Within a Dream Tour
" 2004: The Onyx Hotel Tour
" 2007: The M+M's Tour
" 2009: The Circus Starring: Britney Spears
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Mickey Mouse Club Various Roles Seasons 6-7, 1991-1993
1999 The Famous Jett Jackson Herself She sang "...Baby One More Time" on the show.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Herself Cameo
2000 Longshot Flight Attendant Cameo
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Herself Cameo/Soundtrack
Crossroads Lucy Wagner Lead Role/Feature Film
Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe Donner English version/Animation
2004 Britney & Kevin: Chaotic Herself Reality Show
2006 Will & Grace Amber-Louise Episode "Buy, Buy Baby"
2008 How I Met Your Mother Abby Season 3: "Ten Sessions" and "Everything Must Go"
Britney: For the Record Herself Biography/Documentary
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