Britney Spears' new album "Femme Fatale" follows a period of relative stability for the 29-year-old pop star, who has lived the musical equivalent of several lifetimes in a career that has been burnt to the ground and resurrected at regular intervals.
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2008 video frame grab release by AP Television, manager Sam Lutfi leaves UCLA medical center after visiting Britney Spears in Los Angeles. A California appeals court has rejected a bid by Britney Spears' mother Lynne to have a defamation claim filed by Lutfi thrown out. Lutfi sued Spears and her mother, Lynne, for libel and defamation in February 2009. The case cited numerous passages from Lynne Spears' book, "Through the Storm," in which she accused Lutfi of drugging and controlling her daughter. (AP Photo/APTN, file)
**FILE** Britney Spears arrives for a function in Trafalgar Square, London, on Jan. 26, 2004. Spears defended controversial photographs of her driving with her infant son on her lap, saying she was dodging the paparazzi. Several photos surfaced on the internet on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, showing Spears driving her SUV in Malibu, Calif., with son, Sean Preston, on her lap, rather than strapped into a car seat in the back. (AP Photo/John D McHugh)