Even though she quickly became something of a sex icon, Spears publicly stated she was waiting until marriage to lose her virginity. Even though no other pop artist was making any such statements at the time, Spears branded herself as an innocent artist with a wholesome appeal. Years later, the Jonas Brothers and other artists would follow suit – using their virginity to brand themselves in a Disney-produced world.
W: World Records
According Guinness, Spears holds five world records:
- Best-selling album by a teenage solo artist
- Best-selling Teen Age artist of all time
- Fastest most no. 1 in UK chart
- 5th Best Selling Female Artist In Music History
- Most Searched Person In 2008
- Youngest Female Artist To Have Six Of Her Albums Reach #1 On The Music Charts
X: X Factor
In 2012, Spears became the highest paid judge on a reality competition program when she joined The X Factor for a whopping $15 million. However, Simon Cowell wasn’t happy with her performance. He canned her after one season because she failed to live up to the hype of her own brand. But during her stint on the show, she gave fans countless GIF-able faces and mentored the teen category with will.i.am.
Thanks to the YouTube, Britney was the subject of one of the Internet’s earliest viral memes. In 2007, Chris Crocker uploaded a video defending Britney following her disastrous 2007 VMA performance. “Leave Britney alone,” he shouted. The video took off, raking up 2 million views in the first two hours. The video spawned countless parodies and turned Crocker into a minor Internet celebrity.