Yes, there was someone before Britney.

She was born Tiffany Renee Darwish on October 2, 1971 in Oklahoma.
At an early age she started off performing country & western songs, eventually getting discovered
by country music veterans Hoyt and Mae Axton during the early 80's.
Tiffany appeared on TV (Ed McMahon's "Star Search"), and concerts (opening a show for Jerry Lee
Lewis and George Jones in Texas).

In 1986, Tiffany signed on with manager George Tobin, which would lead to problems when it became
known later that Tobin had absolute control over her career (since she was a minor at the time,
Tiffany's mother signed for her - and later regretted having a divorce lawyer examine the papers
instead of an entertainment lawyer). But Tobin did get the still-teenaged singer a recording contract
with MCA, who issued Tiffany's self-titled debut in early 1987 (sold more than 4 million copies).
Tiffany Darwisch became the youngest female artist to have an album reach Billboard's number one
spot with her debut. And the hit single was "I Think We're Alone Now".
A cover of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" (reworked as "I Saw Him Standing There") was
Tiffany's last major hit from the first album, peaking at #7 1988, as the singer gave the opening spot
on a U.S. tour to a then-unknown teeny band, the New Kids on the Block (supposedly after the group
auditioned for Tiffany backstage one night prior to a show).

1988's 'Hold an Old Friend's Hand,' was another hit (earning platinum certification), but didn't match
the success of its predecessor - as it signaled that her audience was shifting their focus to other
similarly-styled bands (namely, the New Kids on the Block).
When her third release, 'New Inside,' was released in 1990, it was clear that Tiffany faded from the
public's view.

Tiffany continued to issue albums on a sporadic basis, including 1993's 'Dreams Never Die' and 2000's
'The Color of Silence' (while a collection, 'Greatest Hits,' was released in 1996).
Tiffany was a guest star on That 80's Show on April 17th, 2002 and also appeared in Playboy’s April
issue 2002. "I view my appearance in Playboy as the first step in presenting myself to the world as I am."

Today Tiffany lives in southern California with her husband, makeup artist Bulmaro "Junior" Garcia and
their 8 year old son, Elijah.

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