Britney Spears, who was born December 2, 1981, is an entertainer in several fields but is best known as a singer. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears is also known to the public for her turns as an actress and a talent show judge. For Spears, the road to being considered one of America’s foremost pop artists began with dance and vocal lessons in her childhood. After winning a series of talent competitions, she advanced in her career, appearing as a contestant on Star Search and later joining the Mickey Mouse Club. After dazzling recording industry executives with her rendition of a Whitney Houston song, Spears cut the album that transformed her into a household name: "...Baby One More Time." The title track from Spears’s debut album not only introduced her to pop-music enthusiasts nationwide—it also shattered records. Selling half a million copies on its first day, the single went on to sell upward of 10 million. The song, which became the fastest selling single in the United Kingdom, additionally earned Spears a Grammy nomination. Like its predecessor, her next album—“Oops!...I did it again”—debuted at number one. From these auspicious beginnings, Spears went on to broaden her career, starring in the 2002 movie Crossroads. The 2007 release of her album Blackout led to Spears ranking as the only female artist whose first five albums debuted at either number one or two on the charts. In 2012, Spears served as a judge on the popular talent show The X Factor, in which capacity she mentored aspiring singers. By the end of the following year, Spears had released her album Britney Jean and had announced the beginning of her residency show, to take place at the Last Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.