THE QUEEN OF POP
BRITNEY SPEARS SECURES HER REIGN AT THE 1999 MTV EUROPE AWARDS BEATS ALL
TIME RECORD AND SWEEPS THE BOARD WITH FOUR OUT OF FOUR
Best Female, Best Pop, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Song
New York, NY
Jive Recording artist, Britney Spears was the undoubted winner at the
1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, held Thursday, November 11 at The Point in
Dublin, Ireland. The young pop star not only won all four of her awards
but also beat the all time record for winning more awards than any
artist has ever won. She took the awards for Best Female; beating out
Lauryn Hill and Madonna, Best Pop; topping the Backstreet Boys and Ricky
Martin, Best Breakthrough Artist; beating out Jennifer Lopez and Eminem
and Best Pop Song for 'Baby One More Time'; overtaking Madonna, TLC and
the Backstreet Boys.
Britney Spears' debut 8X platinum album ...Baby One More Time is
currently top 10 on the Billboard Album 200 chart and has been since it
was released 43 weeks ago. Britney Spears is the youngest artist in
Soundscan history to have a certified RIAA 8X platinum album. The fourth
single from ...Baby One More Time will be "From The Bottom Of My
Broken Heart" and will be shipped to radio on December 15.
Britney Spears' upcoming performances include the NBC Christmas In
Rockefeller Center on December 1, the 1999 Billboard Music Awards on
December 8 live from Las Vegas and Nickelodeon's Big Holiday Help-A-Thon
99 airing December 11. Time Out With Britney Spears, her debut home
video is set for a worldwide release on November 23 on video and the DVD
will be in stores on December 21.
Britney is currently in the studio recording her sophomore album
scheduled for a second quarter release in 2000.
At 17, Britney
Spears enjoys being a girl. She loves colors that pop and shopping till
you drop, romance novels and idyllic days at the beach. Untamed and
untarnished as they come, the bright beautiful teen from Kentwood,
Louisiana (pop:1200), is poised to liven up the pop world with the
irresistible collection of songs on her Jive Records self-titled debut
Produced by Eric Foster White (Whitney Houston, Hi-Five) and Max Martin (Robyn,
Backstreet Boys, Ace of Base), the album showcases Britney's unbridled
effervescence and musical curiosity. From the sweet melody of "From
the Bottom of My Broken Heart," to the driving funk of "One More
Time," to the funky reggae beats of "Soda Pop," to her
soulful take on the Jets hit "You've Cot It All," Britney's
lively, assured vocal style is intoxicating. "I want to be an artist
that everyone can relate to, that's young, happy and fun," she says.
Despite a refreshingly adolescent attitude, Britney's life has hardly been
traditional. "I've done the prom thing, but it's only once a year,"
she notes about her unconventional teenage lifestyle. "I need to sing
and I love to travel."
Performing since early childhood in local dance reviews and church choirs,
she auditioned for the Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club"
series at age eight in Atlanta. Too young for her series, but too talented
to dismiss, a producer on the show helped Britney secure an agent in New
York City, where she spent the next three summers studying at the renowned
Off-Broadway Dance Center and at the Professional Performing Arts School.
She also began appearing in national commercials and Off-Broadway shows
including the 1991 comedy, "Ruthless," based on the 1956
thriller "The Bad Seed." "At 10 I was playing this really
bad child who seems real sweet but she's evil too. It was so much fun,"
Finally old enough at age 11, Britney earned a coveted place in "Mickey
Mouse Club." After two years performing on the popular children's TV
show filmed in Orlando, Britney returned to Kentwood for one completely
normal year of high school at age 14. "It was fun for awhile but I
started getting itchy to get out again and see the world," she says.
A devoted fan of pop music- her favorites include Michael Jackson, Mariah
Carey, and Whitney Houston- Britney once again went to New York to pursue
her dream. "I had always wanted to be a singer," she says.
"It's what I always wanted to do since I was little." Now a
seasoned performer at age 15, an audition for an all girl vocal group led
to her developing a solo career as a pop singer as well as continuing her
high school studies with tutors. "I need a lot of help in geometry
and Spanish!" she admits.
Recording with Martin in Sweden this past spring and in New Jersey with
Foster White, Britney's ready to make her own special mark on the world.
"I love performing more than anything and having people hear my music.
I know I've had to give some stuff up to do this, but I don't miss high
school. When I was home two years ago, every weekend we'd go out and do
the same thing. It's wonderful as long as you love what you're doing, but
I'd rather be doing this!"