There is perhaps no contemporary pop star closer to America’s heart than Britney Spears – over the past 15 years, we’ve watched Britney’s career unfold in a series of highs and lows so dramatic it makes The Jerry Spring Show look like C-SPAN. In the process, we realized something about Britney that has earned her a soft spot in our collective cultural consciousness: she’s human. From her early days as poster-girl of the ‘90s teen pop revival to her coming-of-age as one of music’s most iconic sex symbols, Britney has consistently shattered records as one of the top-selling artists of all time. She’s been down, but never out, always bouncing back from personal struggles to reclaim her crown as pop’s reigning princess. Following “Scream & Shout,” her hugely successful collaboration with will.i.am, the ever-controversial Britney released “Work Bitch” in September 2013 as the lead single from her upcoming album Britney Jean. Britney is once again raising the stakes in December 2013 with Piece of Me, a two-year LIVE performance residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Featuring rain and snow, an insane floor show, and all of Britney’s greatest hits, the over-the-top concert experience is the hottest ticket in Vegas for the next two years. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Britney Jean Spears knew she wanted to be an entertainer from an early age. Childhood vocal and dance lessons gave way to Star Search and a brief stint on the ‘90s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club, and in 1997 she was signed to Jive Records after impressing execs with a performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Her 1999 debut …Baby One More Time was an immediate success, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and going on to become the top-selling album of all time by a teenage solo artist. After quickly following up in 2000 with the aptly-titled Oops!... I Did It Again, which also peaked at No. 1, Britney’s blitz continued with a string of successful tours, self-titled album Britney (2001), and In The Zone (2003), which earned her a Best Dance Recording Grammy for hit single “Toxic.” Sharing the spotlight with Britney’s phenomenal success was her personal life, including her 2002 breakup with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and her 2004 marriage to dancer Kevin Federline, father of her two children Sean Preston and Jayden James. After battling highly publicized personal struggles in 2007, critics questioned whether a return to form would be possible – they got their answer with 2008’s Circus and 2011’s Femme Fatale, both of which peaked at No. 1 and earned Britney a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest female artist to have five albums debut at No. 1.