Britney Spears: a profile of Godney's claim to fame
Britney Spears has overnight turned the rural village of Godney into a worldwide internet sensation by tweeting a link to our story on the local pub.
The superstar asked her 25 million Twitter followersto show Mark Hey, landlord of the village's Sheppey Inn, some love after they inadvertently highjacked his tweets.
The Mississippi-born songress raised in Louisiana stormed onto the music scene in in 1999 with “…Baby One More Time”.
The title track of her debut album of the same name became an international number one and broke sales records, as did “Oops!... I Did It Again”. And her album was the best-selling by a teenage solo artist.
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In 2001 Spears released her third album Britney and played the starring role in the chick-flick Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003), which yielded chart-topping singles "Me Against the Music", "Toxic" and "Everytime".
Britney, who performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997, recorded her fifth album Blackout in 2007. Top tracks included "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me".
The following year Britney released her sixth album Circus, which included global chart-topping lead single "Womanizer" and hits "Circus" and "If U Seek Amy".
Her supporting tour The Circus Starring: Britney Spears was the highest grossing tour of 2009 in the U.S. and the third-highest grossing tour worldwide.
Her latest album Femme Fatale, released in 2011, became her first to yield three top ten singles in the US: "Hold It Against Me", "Till the World Ends" and "I Wanna Go".
Later that year the songstress secured her fifth number one single as the featured artist on the remix of Rihanna's "S&M".
Her next collaboration was with will.i.am on “Scream & Shout", a single which topped the charts in more than 18 countries.
Britney is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and was reported to be the highest paid woman in music in 2012.
She has earned $58 million from touring, endorsements, a fragrance line and a studio album.
Her accolades include Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She’s been recognised as the sexiest woman in music and was last year ranked eleventh on VH1’s "100 Greatest Women in Music" list.
Spears also served as a judge during the second season of the American version of The X Factor, reportedly earning $15 million in the process.
In addition to her fragrance line she has over the years released sunglasses, signed a deal with shoe company Skechers and a multi-million dollar promotional deal with Pepsi, and was the face of clothing brand Candie's.