As a prominent figure of the 90's teen pop movement, there are few people on the planet that don't know the name Britney Spears. Her music has revolutionized the pop industry and her tour dates have set an industry standard that many have struggled to achieve. Ms. Spears' could effectively be the spokesperson for the Billboard charts, as all of her albums have debuted in the top two spots on the top 200 charts. Britney has sold over 100 million records worldwide, with 37 million of those sold before the age of twenty. Britney Spears continues her legacy of excellence with her new album, Femme Fatale, and on her upcoming summer tour dates in 2011.
In 1997, Britney Spears joined the female pop group Innosense, formed by teen pop mogul Lou Pearlman. While performing tour dates with the group, Britney also pursued a solo career by shopping around her first demo. Spears didn't seem to need publicity when her debut album, …Baby One More Time, hit stores in January 1999. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum after only one month, making it the biggest selling album ever by a teenage artist, up until that point.
The album was just the first plateau in the illustrious career of Britney Spears. The artist's follow-up album, Oops!…I Did It Again, was released in 2000 to instant success. The album sold over 500,000 copies in its very first day, making Spears the fastest selling artist in the country. Britney Spears' next album, Britney, was also a huge success, but marked a departure from the bubblegum pop sound Spears was known for in favor of a more rough, urban sound. The album prompted Spears' Dream Within a Dream concert tour, which set the standard for the singer's visually stunning and sensory rocking live performances.
After taking a brief hiatus in 2004, Britney Spears came back to record what some called her best album yet, Blackout, in 2007. By this point, Spears was able to keep her pop and dance music fresh by infusing it with hip-hop and club styles becoming popular at the time. Due to personal issues, this became one of the few albums that wasn't followed by elaborate, international tour dates. While things would get darker before the sun rose on Britney's personal life, she continued producing hit records with 2008's Circus. Copies of the album were flying off of the shelves and Britney set a Guinness World Record for yet another album to debut at number one. The subsequent concert tour in promotion of the album actually featured a recreation of a three-ring circus on tour dates.
Britney Spears has begun to put her personal life back together, as well as push the success of her professional career to the brink with her latest album, Femme Fatale. To nobody's surprise, the album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts and has received rave reviews from critics. To follow up the success, Britney Spears is headed out on a summer concert tour; the only 2011 tour dates you're likely to see from the pop diva. The North American Femme Fatale Tour will feature an all female lineup, including hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj and Jessie and the Toy Boys. The concert tour will begin on June 16 in Sacramento and end in Toronto on August 13, with quite a few other Canadian cities included on the tour. Pre-sale tickets for select tour dates will go on sale April 30, so fans should be ready to buy their tickets at the end of the month to avoid the disappointment of a sold-out show.
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