Stronger Than Yesterday
Britney Spears, "One of the most controversial and successful female vocalists of the 21st century,"(Wenner) has been searching for stardom since an extremely young age. America considers Britney Spears highly controversial because of her sexual lyrics and actions. In an interview Britney Spears had on ABC, Diane Sawyer says, “It is one thing to not want to be the role model anymore and its another thing not to know that a lot of young girls are looking up to you.” (Sawyer) Spears know that there are many young people that look up to her, but it is not her responsibility to satisfy the needs and wants to all demographics. Although many people across America view Britney Spears as a terrible role model, because of her drive, courage, and sexuality, she has positively influenced women across America.
Britney Spears began performing as a singer and dancer at a very young age. (Dinh) Unfortunately, being a prodigy also contributed to her heavy scrutiny and criticism by the media. The New Mickey Mouse Club and Star Search were Britney Spears’ first exposure to fame all before the age of eight. (Dinh) With these popular television series already under her belt at such a young age, this encouraged her to continue her search for stardom. Britney Spears then went to New York at the age of fifteen and set about auditioning for pop bands and recording demo tapes, one of which eventually landed her a deal with Jive Records. (Dinh) This record deal with jive was the beginning illustrious of her career. One of her first most popular singles “Hit Me Baby One More Time” brought particularly negative publicity from the media because of it’s so called sexual references. However, most would believe that the song was good-hearted, and fun. “Hit Me Baby One More Time” only was seen in a negative light because the media expected so much out of Britney’s squeaky-clean Mickey Mouse Club image. This single immediately shot to the top of the Billboard charts. (Dinh) From then on, many knew that Britney Spears would be a huge success. The next album “Oops!…I Did It Again” entered the charts at number one and sold over a million copies in its first week of release. (Dinh) This set a new record for a female artist for single week sales. (Dinh) The success of this album gave her the courage to branch out and pursue other musical outlets. Released in late 2001, the album “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. This became her third straight album to debut at number one. (Dinh) The album In The Zone reflected a wish by Britney Spears to be taken seriously as a mature adult. By 2004, there was no longer any illusions of Britney’s personal life being as perfect as everyone thought it out to be. Spears and Federline married in September 2004 and were tabloid regulars in the months after the ceremony. (Dinh) Despite this negative publicity and false accusation, Britney Spears always found a way to stay true to herself and not stray from who she really was. This positively influenced women of all ages through out the world by allowing them to aspire to portray her independence and individuality. Her first son Sean Preston Federline was born in September. (Dinh) In 2006, Spears discovered she was pregnant again; shortly after the birth of her second son, Jayden James Federline, she divorced Federline thus sparking a long string of custody battles that were eventually settled in Federline’s favor. (Dinh) This all began the negative publicity of Britney Spears by society. Spear public image was dealt with more blows in early 2008, when she lost custody of her children, made several court appearances, and was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold two times in one month. Throughout all of this, Britney Spears still had the drive and courage to come out with a new album. In...
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