january 8, 2004  
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Oops! I got married
Continuing her reign as the media queen, Britney Spears rang in the new year with what seems to have been little more than a poorly planned publicity stunt. After a wild night of partying in the hip Las Vegas club Ghostbar, Spears and longtime friend Jason Alexander took a trip down the aisle at one of those all-night wedding chapels. Sound like something out of a movie? Well, this is the life of Britney Spears, after all. However, teenage boys across the globe need not start burning their Britney posters yet: the teen queen is already back on the market. The couple’s wedded bliss lasted only 55 hours as they filed for an annulment the following afternoon. So, was it just a crazy stunt taken too far or a pathetic cry for media attention? Only Britney knows...

Rush guitarist in legal tangle
Ahh, those crazy rock stars — always running afoul with the law. Such was the case for Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson on New Year’s Eve, as the rocker ended up in a fight with police after Lifeson’s son, Justin, refused to leave the stage at a Florida hotel. Lifeson is now facing charges of aggravated battery and resisting an officer. Umm... rock on?

Mediocre finish for Canadian Idol
Ryan Malcolm may have won the hearts of Canadian fans, but he wasn’t able to capture the world’s heart, as was evidenced by his sixth-place finish in the first ever World Idol competition (held on Dec. 25, 2003). The results, which were announced on New Year’s Day, saw Malcolm finish right smack in the middle of a group of 11 contestants. The big winner of the night was Norwegian Idol (and potential “Middle Earth Idol”) Kurt Nilsen, who finished with the first place vote in nine out of 10 countries after his stunning rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

—Megan O’Toole



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