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The hyper-sexualised clips have been deemed inappropriate to air before 10pm

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Her flying visit was billed as 'Britney Party'. But she shocked the fans who had flocked to see her by refusing to perform

Album: Britney Spears, Circus, (Jive)

Send in the clowns: Britney's back on top

Can Britney do it again?

She's the star who burnt out. Now Ms Spears aims to win us back by telling all. Guy Adams reports

Album: Britney Spears, Circus (Zomba/Sony)

It's anybody's guess how two such high-profile pop acts as Take That and Britney Spears came to release albums with the same title on the same day – especially as neither bothers to develop the circus theme to any extent, save for Spears's claim to be "the ringleader" in her title track, the latest admission of her pathological desire to be the centre of attention ("all eyes on me in the centre of the ring, just like a circus") that made last year's Blackout such a grisly, charmless car-crash experience.

Britney brings world tour to UK

Britney Spears today announced her world tour will hit the UK - with the only European shows on the circuit.

Russell Brand's controversial career

Russell Brand has never been one for a quiet life.

Sarah Silverman: Funny woman or foul-mouthed racist?

When Sarah Silverman performs her first British stand-up show tonight, no taboo will go unbroken. But is she merely a pretty girl with a filthy mouth, or is there more to her comedy than equal-opportunities offensiveness?

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-brow-7.html">The Life Browser: Hilton for America</a>

Back in August, John McCain attempted a half-baked attack ad on Barack Obama, likening him to frivolous celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Britney Spears sex tape offered for sale

Britney Spears’ transformation from troubled starlet to credible pop icon took something of a detour today, with news that her ex-boyfriend is offering to sell a sex tape.

The rebirth of Britney Spears

Gobbled up by her fame, rested in rehab. Has the hottest property in US pop got her life back on track?

Brand fails to conquer but Britney sweeps board at MTV awards

Britney Spears swept the board at MTV's Video Music Awards today, in an appearance that was hailed as a "resurrection" of her career.

Preview: First Cut: Watch Me Disappear, Channel 4

An elegy for those who die unmourned

Red Bull: it promises energy, but doesn't mention sticky blood...

Australian researchers have found that the sugar-free version of Red Bull may increase the danger of blood clots, and creates "sticky" blood, raising the risk of heart attack or stroke. How this affects the sales of Red Bull – last year 3.5 billion cans were sold in 143 countries – is yet to be seen.

Leading article: Paris for President

We are accustomed to US presidential campaigns turning nasty. But campaigns that turn humorous, even witty? In using images of the supposedly airhead celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears to cast Barack Obama as narcissistic and content-free, John McCain was taking the gloves off with time-honoured American ruthlessness. He was doubtless waiting for his opponent to hit back in kind.

Celebrities face new degree of scrutiny

Female celebrities have long been the subject of public fascination. Now they have become a subject of fascination to academics. Sociologists have turned their collective grey matter towards fathoming the behaviour of Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and other women in the limelight.

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