Unless you are living under a rock, you've probably noticed that stars like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are getting a lot of attention for their new, sometimes controversial adult images.
Unless you are living under a rock, you've probably noticed that stars like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are getting a lot of attention for their new, sometimes controversial adult images. However, these two stars are hardly the first pop singers to try breaking away from the bubblegum music mould. We now present our favourite music moments when singers made the often outrageous leap into adulthood.
Britney Spears: From Crossroads to Toxic
Britney Spears put her transition from teen pop star to adult singer into song with 2002's "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," which appeared in her coming-of-age film, Crossroads.
However, while "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" was part of Britney's transition away from being the princess of bubblegum pop, musically it was classic Britney. Her first real change into the world of adult music was with 2004's "Toxic," which also earned the singer her only Grammy, for Best Dance Recording. It signalled the beginning of Britney's focus on club music and her step away from the straight pop that she had been known for.
Also, it gave us Britney's now-iconic sparkly nude bodysuit look.
Christina Aguilera: Xtina Gets Dirrty
Christina Aguilera was ahead of the curve when she decided to ditch the bubblegum pop scene in 2002 with the release of her raunchy single (and equally raunchy video) for "Dirrty."
The singer, who rebranded herself as "Xtina," got facial piercings, gained an affinity for leather chaps, and started sporting black streaks through her platinum-blonde hair.
Keep reading for more teen-star transitions!