In the early morning hours of January 31, Britney Spears was transported by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center. Reports indicate the 26-year-old singer will be kept in the hospital for a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric evaluation. According to People magazine's web site, Spears' friend and manager Sam Lufti said, "She went willingly. It was like something in her heart was telling her she should go. She knew something was wrong." Britney was first hospitalized for observation in early January, but checked herself out after spending only two nights in the medical facility. Reports say the difference between the two hospitalizations is this time it was planned in advance by her psychiatrist, Dr. Deborah Nadel. Nadel can recommend a two-week stay at UCLA Medical Center, but patients rights workers will determine if an extension is legally justified.
On February 2, the "Super Jam" concert took place in Scottsdale, Arizona. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Boz Scaggs, Pat Travers, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith were among the artists taking part in the event. The following day, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were in Phoenix, Arizona to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl XLII. Alicia Keys performed a pre-game concert and Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem prior to kick-off.
On February 5, the Philadelphia-based folk/rock band The Hooters will release its first new studio album in 14 years. Time Stand Still includes nine new tracks, plus a cover of Don Henley's 1984 Top 5 hit, "Boys of Summer."
On February 8, the MusiCares Foundation will honor seven-time Grammy winner Aretha Franklin as its Person of the Year. Scheduled to appear at the tribute concert are Patti Austin, Shirley Caesar, "Blues Brothers" Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, Faith Hill, Fantasia, John Legend, Robin Thicke, and many others. Neil Portnow, President of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, says, "As we celebrate the milestones of 50 years for The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards, it is most fitting that we honor one of the most influential and legendary talents in music - the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha's musical legacy spans more than four decades and we feel it is an ideal moment to honor her career achievements." Proceeds from the concert will go to MusiCares, which assists musicians in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale are expecting their second child. Gavin's father, Douglas Rossdale, told People magazine, "They and the whole family are delighted." Gwen and Gavin's son, Kingston, will turn two years old on May 26.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums scheduled for release on February 5 include: "Good Times" by Alan Jackson, "Detours" by Sheryl Crow, "It Is Time For A Love Revolution" by Lenny Kravitz, "Multi-Dimensional Warrior" by Santana, "Rhythm and Romance" by Kenny G, "Brooklyn's Don Diva" by Foxy Brown, "Undeniable" by AZ, "Watershed" by K.D. Lang, "Just A Little Lovin'" by Shelby Lynne, "Here Come The 123s" by They Might Be Giants, "Satisfied" by Taylor Dayne and "Backwoods Barbie" by Dolly Parton.
TOUR DATES AND INFORMATION
Country trio Rascal Flatts spent the past week in Europe promoting the U.K. release of its latest album Still Feels Good. On February 7, they'll resume their North American concerts with a show in Toronto. Still Feels Good was released throughout North America in September 2007 and has sold more than one million copies in the U.S.