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[*]career highlights[*]

>>Career Highlights: 1998
- "Soda Pop" and "You Got It All" appeared on a Jive CD Sampler. The sampler was a pack-in with a Backstreet Boys video.
- Britney embarked on a 28-day, 26 city mall tour, premiering her unfamiliar brand of music to shoppers across America.
- "Baby One More Time" debuted on MTV, MuchMusic, and various radiostations across the world.
- "Baby One More Time" received a huge reaction from audiences, and shot up the MuchMusic charts.
- "Soda Pop" appeared on the "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" soundtrack.

>>Career Highlights: 1999
- "...Baby One More Time" was held the #1 video for the first week of 1998 on Much Musics weekly top 30 countdown.
- "...Baby One More Time", the debut album was released January 12.
- The song and album went simultaneously to #1. Making the albums debut a very successful one.
- "...Baby One More Time" broke the record for the longest run at #1 on the MuchMusic Countdown (6 weeks).
- Britney appeared on a number of talk shows, peforming her first three singles, Baby One More Time, Sometimes and Crazy. Appearances included The Rosie O'Donnel Show, Jay Leno, Letterman, The View and much more.
- At the World Music Awards, Britney performed "The Beat Goes On" as a tribute to Cher. Cher neglected to thank her.
- Her first ever headlining tour was very successful. Great reviews came from across the continent.
- Britney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in May. The cover caused quite a stir.
- Britney appeared at the MTV VMA's, performing a remix of Baby One More Time that surely turned a few heads.
- "(You Drive Me) Crazy" was the theme song to a movie, originally titled "Next To You" which was renamed "Drive Me Crazy" after the song.
- Britney appeared at the 1999 MuchMusic Video Awards, and took home "Favourite International Artist".
- She made a cameo appearance on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch".
- Britney appeared at the MTVE Music Awards. She led the nominations list with 4. She took home all of them.
- She performed "Silent Night" at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony.
- 4 Billboard awards were taken home for Britney. She also appeared, performing a medley of remixes.

>>Career Highlights: 2000
- She took home a few awards from the prestigious American Music Awards.
- Baby One More Time received two nominations for the Grammy Awards. Both awards weren't won.
- Her (You Drive Me) Crazy promo tour debuted two new songs from an upcoming album.
- "Oops!...I Did It Again", Britney's second album" was released May 16. It broke the record for the fastest selling female album. Selling 1.3 million units within one week.
- "Britney Live In Hawaii" an hour long Fox special recieved great ratings.
- On May 13, Britney hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live. Making Britney the fourth person ever to host and perform on the same show.
- Her appearance on "The Today Show" brought record attendance to the streets of New York City, with an estimated 6000 fans in attendance.
- Her third tour "Oops I Did It Again tour", though not getting critical acclaim, was her first World tour.
- Her appearance on the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards turned heads, and had people talking for over a year. Her striptease during her cover of Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" was quite racy, and caused a lot of controversy for her.
- Live & More was released on video in December. It featured her Hawaii special, plus exerpts from her SNL stint.
- It was announced that Britney was going to be hosting the 2001 American Music Awards.

>>Career Highlights: 2001
- Britney hosted the American Music Awards on January 3 with LL Cool J.
- The beginning stages of a third album began in late January.
- Britney announced and began filming for her first silver screen debut "What Friends Are For"
- It was announced that Britney had received two nominations for the Grammy Awards.
- During the Superbowl XXXV half time show, Britney performed "Walk This Way" along with the likes of Mary J Blige, NSync, Nelly, and Aerosmith.
- In February, Britney signed a two year endorsement deal with Pepsi Cola. She was to start filming commercials for the third largest soda corporation in the world.
- In March, filming of the movie "What Friends Are For" (which was changed to "Crossroads" in August) began. Filming lasted for two months.
- March 24, 2001, During the Acadamey Awards (Oscars), Britney's first pepsi commercial made its debut.
- In May, filming of Crossroads wrapped up, and the film hit the editing booths.
- In July, Pepsi, with the help of 7-eleven started a massive promotional gimmick to advertise Britney's upcoming world tour 2001-2002. Britney's face appeared on 7-eleven slurpee/beverage cups, and free posters were given away at the convenience stores.
- In August, official announcements for Britney's tour made their rounds.
- In August again, it was announced that her new single would be called "I'm A Slave 4 U" and that she would be debuting the song with a performance at the 2001 VMAs.
- In late August, Britney took a visit to her Britney Spears Foundation Camp. This was the second year the camp had been in operation.
- September 6, 2001, Britney debuted "I'm A Slave 4 U" with a racy performance featuring live tigers, and a live albino snake that doubled as her scarf! People are STILL talking about that.
- September 7, 2001, after a bit of controversy concerning her HBO special, Britney performed "The Way You Make Me Feel" with King Of Pop Michael Jackson for a tribute show for Jackson. Britney's performance would not air as it conflicted with the scheduling of Britney's "Live From Las Vegas" HBO special to be aired November 18.
- September 24, 2001 - the video for "I'm A Slave 4 U" aired, and caused quite a stir. A lot of focus went on the fact that she was wearing her underwear as outerwear.
- November 6, 2001- "Britney" is released and sells 800 000+ copies in its first week, giving Britney the second fastest selling female album, along with the first.
- November 18, 2001 - HBO aired "Britney Spears Live From Las Vegas" Live across America.

>>Career Highlights: 2002
- Her second set of Pepsi commercials "Then & Now" debuted during the Superbowl.
- February 2, 2002, Britney hosted and performed for the second time on Saturday Night Live.
- February 4, 2002, Britney had an entire hour devoted to her on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
- February 15, 2002 "Crossroads", Britney's first feature film hit theaters.
- February 19, 2002 "Britney Live From Las Vegas" was released on DVD.
- In March, Britney launched her first ever video game "Britney's Dance Beat" on Game Boy Advance.
- May 2002 saw the release of the video game on PlayStation 2, featuring an original first-person concert viewing technology.
- In June, Britney opened "Nyla", a restaurant in New York named after her two favourite spots in America.
- July wrapped up the second leg of her North American "Dream Within A Dream Tour". It ended in Mexico, with a little bit of steam.
- In August, Britney announced she would be taking a 6 month hiatus.
- In December, talk of her new album started flying around.

>>Career Highlights: 2003
- Britney begins work on her fourth album.
- Fans become shocked on Easter to find out Britney has dyed her hair brown and chopped most of it off.
- Three tracks from the new album are previewed on MTV in May.
- Britney makes headlines with a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in which she kisses Madonna on stage during a tribute performance of "Like A Virgin". - At the 2003 NFL Kick-off live special, Britney premiered her new single "Me Against The Music". The fans had mixed reactions. - In late September / Early October, it was announced that Me Against The Music would be released as a duet, featuring Britney's new pal Madonna. - On October 18, 2003, Britney performs on Saturday Night Live premiering a new song, 'Everytime', from her upcoming album. - November 1, 2003: Britney films a television special in New York's Gotham Hall for an ABC Special promoting the album's release. - Just days before the new albums release, Britney is showcased in an interview with Diane Sawyer. That same day, rumours spread that Britney overdosed on drugs. The rumour was then squashed when Britney appeared live on Jimmy Kimmel just hours later. - November 16, 2003: Britney performs a remixed version of Me Against The Music on the 2003 American Music Awards. - November 17, 2003: ABC airs "In The Zone", a 1-hour television special that premiered several new songs on the eve of the new album's release. - November 18, 2003: Britney's Fourth album, In The Zone, released. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard.

>>Career Highlights: 2004
- Early January: Britney marries an old friend in Las Vegas, making news headlines around the world. The story became bigger news than the spacecraft that landed on Mars.
- 55 Hours after her marriage to high school friend Jason Allen Alexander, Britney's marriage becomes annulled.
- The video for Toxic premieres on Music Video networks around the world, and recieves huge reactions.
- Britney sets out on her Onyx Hotel Tour, commencing March 2 in San Diego.
- The 'Toxic' single debuts on the Canadian Singles Chart at #1 and remains there for two weeks.
- 'Toxic lands at #1 on the MuchMusic Countdown, something Britney hasn't accomplished in three years.
- The Onyx Hotel Tour has two dates postponed due to a knee injury in late-March.
- Showtime airs Britney Spears Live From Miami, broadcasting her Miami stop on the Onyx Hotel Tour.

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