Claim to fame: Britney is the best-selling teenage artist ever, shifting more than 37 million albums before her 20th birthday.
Net worth: $220 million dollars (BD83 million).
Social media: 40 million Facebook likes, 36.8 million Twitter followers.
Spouse: In 2004 she married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander for just 55 hours in Las Vegas. Later the same year she married dancer Kevin Federline, divorcing three years later. In the past Spears has also been romantically linked to former agent Jason Trawick, paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and star Justin Timberlake. At the time of press she was reported to be involved with former bartender David Lucado.
Children: Sean Preston Federline (aged eight), Jayden James Federline (seven).
The roots: Britney was a child TV star, cast at the age of 11 as a regular on The Mickey Mouse Club.
Most talked about moment: Britney was named the most searched person of the decade 2000-2009 (notably peaks came at 2007 and 2009, at the height of her difficulties).
Low point: In February 2007 Spears shaved her head and admitted herself to hospital. Later Spears lost custody of her children, while the court placed her under temporary conservatorship of her father.
On screen: Spears has made non-cameo roles in TV sitcoms Will & Grace (2006) and How I Met Your Mother (2008), appeared on Glee and sat on the judging panel of the US X-Factor.
Other business ventures: Her own glasses (Shades of Britney), New York restaurant (Nyla), fragrances (Curious) and clothes (Candie’s).
Famous fan: Adele, who reportedly cancelled a 2009 London show by calling in sick to catch a Britney gig.
Listen to: ‘Toxic’.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter
Record sales: More than 75 million
Grammy Awards: 17
Claim to fame: The Recording Industry Association of America recognised Beyoncé as the top selling artist in America of the 2000s decade.
Net worth: $350 million (BD132 million).
Social media: 59 million Facebook likes, 13.3 million Twitter followers.
Spouse: Beyoncé married rap superstar Jay-Z in 2008, following a reported five years of courting.
Children: Blue Ivy Carter (aged two).
The roots: Beyoncé rose to fame as the lead singer in Destiny’s Child.
Most talked about moment: Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl show was the most tweeted about moment in history, clocking 268,000 tweets per minute (not to be confused with news of her pregnancy two years earlier, which went in the record books as the ‘most tweets per second recorded for a single event’).
Low point: Beyoncé suffered a miscarriage sometime around 2010 or 2011, described as ‘the saddest thing she had ever been through’.
On screen: Beyoncé has starred in five Hollywood features and appeared in eight, including Austin Powers 3, Dreamgirls, and Cadillac Records, where she played legendary soul singer Etta James to astounding effect.
Other business ventures: The big three F’s – fragrances (the six editions of her scent are the world’s best-selling celebrity fragrance line), fashion (House of Deréon alongside mother Tina) and philanthropy (contributing $250,000 to Hurricane Katrina victims; 2012 ambassador for World Humanitarian Day). However she canned a planned themed videogame Starpower: Beyoncé.
Celebrity fan: US First Lady Michelle Obama is said to be a personal friend (and fan), with Beyoncé performing at President Barack’s second inauguration last year. It doesn’t get much bigger.
Listen to: ‘Crazy in Love’.
The (not-quite) real thing in Bahrain
If You Seek Britney
Reportedly the UK’s number one tribute to the Princess of Pop (how tight competition is for that title remains unverified), If You Seek Britney apparently boasts ‘identical’ costumes to the real thing, plus actual ‘live vocals’ – which is perhaps as much as you can hope from the real live Britney. Who, incidentally, the unnamed tribute singer apparently met in the USA, where the star allegedly dubbed her copycat ‘awesome.’ High praise indeed.
I Am Beyoncé
In Bahrain, Queen B will be reimaged by I Am Beyoncé (thankfully not the performer’s real name – that would be weird) who we’re told boasts ‘powerhouse vocals, explosive dance routines and stunning costumes’. Well, you’ll need that and then some to scratch near Beyoncé’s showstoppers – but we’re sure you’re in good hands with Shanay Holmes, an upcoming UK R&B singer with close to 9,000 followers on Twitter.
Info I Am Beyoncé and If You Seek Britney perform at Club Buffalo, Ramee California Hotel, Juffair on Friday April 16 at 10pm. Free entry for early birds before 8pm and ladies with advance booking. General admission BD5; gala buffet dinner including one beverage BD10, unlimited beverages BD20. Bookings 39688207 / 36131020 / 33142651.