Britney Spears: The Complete Photo Timeline and Cover Stories

February 7, 2008 6:58 PM ET

In the current cover story, Vanessa Grigoriadis examines the tragedy of Britney Spears, a star whose downward trajectory from chart-topping international superstar to hospitalized object of curiosity is more stunning considering how high Spears' career soared just a few short years ago, and how quickly she careened out of control. To illustrate the evolution of Spears from child star to teen-pop sensation to paparazzi magnet, Rock Daily has assembled a photo timeline of her life and posted her six previous Rolling Stone cover stories from April 15, 1999, May 25, 2000, September 13, 2001, December 6/13, 2001, October 3, 2002 and October 2, 2003. To watch all twenty-four of Spears' music videos, click here.

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Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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