Star Burst (Entertainment Weekly)

September 18 2004, 10:14 pm

Are Britney's tabloid antics tripping up her career? The once ''Baby'' is now all grown-up with a Greatest Hits album to prove it by Brian Hiatt

On her otherwise faithful new cover of Bobby Brown's ''My Prerogative,'' Britney Spears adds a whispered line of her own: ''You can't tell me what to do.'' And as tabloid readers are well aware, the 22-year-old superstar -- who returns to the marketplace this week with ''My Prerogative'' and a perfume called Curious -- has spent the last nine months doing exactly what she wanted. She started the year by marrying some guy in Vegas and having it annulled two days later. She then got engaged to another guy: scruff-bearded, undershirt-wearing backup dancer Kevin Federline, whose ex-girlfriend was eight months pregnant, and who's been Britney's constant companion in an endless series of tawdry and unflattering paparazzi photos.

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