Best of 2008

She's Back! How Britney Turned Her Year Around

After a rocky time, the birthday girl is making music, winning awards – and spending time with her boys

NEW BEGINNINGS

Spears celebrates her 27th birthday early, hitting a party in her honor at G-A-Y nightclub in London. On her actual birthday, Dec. 2, the singer also marks the release of her new CD, Circus, an album Spears describes as "really personal" – no surprise, considering the year she's experienced. From her ups to her downs, take a look back at how Spears regained control – and took back her life.