July 29, 2011
Pop fans, who are you going to see on Sunday, Britney Spears or Dolly Parton? The dueling concerts on Sunday - Dolly's at the Wolf Trap ; Britney's at the Verizon Center - are like a rare lunar event, a diva showtown that pits fans of both to pick one over the other. On one corner, you have Dolly, who's been wearing tacky, sequined gowns for four decades now. And on the other corner is Britney, an upstart in comparison who's only been wearing the (often medicated)
April 6, 2011
This space has been sorely missing pop posts, so let's start Wednesday with an Apocalypse-Fun face-melter — Britney Spears' new video, "Till the World Ends. " Spears' comeback hasn't been earth-shaking, but it has been sneakily effective, thanks to the surgeon-precise hands behind the boards (Dr. Luke and Max Martin did this song and the excellent, dubstep-informed "Hold It Against Me"). And "Till the World Ends" adds Ke$ha (as a songwriter) into the fold, a star whose sleazy persona chips away at good taste until you realize she's the reason the party feels so right.
September 25, 2007
It truly was a bizarre Saturday in college football. By now, you may have heard about ESPN announcer Mike Patrick's verbal meanderings about Britney Spears at a key juncture of the Georgia-Alabama game that went into overtime. Meanwhile, poor former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge, who was Patrick's broadcast partner, acted as if he were blindsided by the Michigan defense. "Who?" said a stunned Blackledge when Patrick brought up "Britney" out of the clear blue. As Patrick continued on the Spears tangent, Blackledge asked, "Is she here?"
January 9, 2008
And so, here we are, back at work, chopping through another year of insincerity and silliness. And I refer only to the political landscape of the next 12 months! This year began with the controversial and pathetic Britney Spears strapped onto a stretcher and put under lockdown in a mental-health facility - a boon to TMZ, Perez Hilton and gossip mongering everywhere. Already we've seen the sudden - perhaps temporary - setback of Hillary Rodham Clinton, her presidential campaign of experience and inevitability swept away by Barack Obama's youth, energy, his call for "change" and the promise of a truly transforming moment in America's history - a man of color leading our nation.
October 8, 2003
First lady Kendel S. Ehrlich says she "inadvertently" quipped during a speech that she would like to shoot pop diva Britney Spears, but is standing by her sentiment that the navel-baring temptress is a poor role model for children. Ehrlich singled out Spears during remarks Friday at a conference on preventing domestic violence sponsored by the Frederick County state's attorney's office. In her speech, Ehrlich said that some domestic violence could be prevented if women were able to shake their dependence on abusive men and were better prepared to care for themselves and their children on their own. The entertainment industry, she said, does a poor job of portraying women as independent figures.
June 23, 2002
Some subjects, simply, may not make a good movie. Auto racing may be one of them. Certainly there are many more flops than hits. Even the good ones aren't liked by everyone. But that didn't stop actor Tom Cruise from trying and failing. It didn't stop Sylvester Stallone last year. How many open wheel fans who saw Driven left the theater crying or laughing wildly? But now, apparently, the failure of others won't stop Britney Spears and NASCAR. Yes, Britney Spears. The pop star and the sanctioning body have signed an exclusive agreement to develop and produce a dramatic feature film to tell the fictional story of the daughter of a successful, modern day NASCAR team owner.