Music: A Sweet Sensation

Killer abs and an army of producers put Britney Spears on top. Will pop fans love her tomorrow?

The rap on 17-year-old dance-pop star Britney Spears is that she doesn't write any of her own songs, that her voice is sweet but slender, that just a few years ago she was wearing Mouseketeer ears on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club TV show. But if any of that matters to you, well, take a look in the mirror; you must be a grownup.

With its voracious appetite for the new, teen pop can be blissfully nonjudgmental. Unconcerned with matters like artistic credibility that can make rappers and alternative rockers so self-important (Remember how Alanis Morissette ran from her disco-diva past?), teen...

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