Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American singer and entertainer. Raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, Spears first appeared on national television in 1992 as a contestant on the Star Search program, and went on to star in Disney Channel’s television series The New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1994. In 1997, Spears signed a recording contract with Jive, releasing her debut album …Baby One More Time in 1999. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 , and established her as a pop icon and “bona fide pop phenomenon”, credited for influencing the revival of teen pop in the late 1990s. Her next three albums also debuted at number one. In December 2008, her sixth studio album, Circus, was released.