The ‘A' List

Next for Britney: ‘Something crazy'

Britney Spears thinks her clip “Piece of Me” leaves room for improvement – despite winning three MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month.

“It's a cool video, but I think by far I've done videos that are way better,” the singer said Monday in an interview with New York's top-40 radio station Z100. “So I was really shocked that … it got the award.”

The 26-year-old Spears called her triple victory “inspiring, though, because now going forward with the videos that I'm doing now, I can really go there and do something crazy and see what happens.”

Spears, whose new album “Circus” drops Dec. 2, plans a possible world tour next year.


Spotted …

Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil and nine of the Atlanta Falcons dining at Morton's uptown Saturday night.

No. 89 Steve Smith starring in the latest Bojangles commercial this week. Also making a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance? The Observer's own Insider, Jeff Elder.


Drummer hurt in crash discharged

Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was released Monday morning from a Georgia hospital after suffering severe burns in a fiery plane crash in Columbia more than a week ago.

Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM were the only survivors of the crash just before midnight Sept. 19 at Columbia's main airport. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed.

DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, was released from the hospital last week. Doctors have said they expect both men to fully recover.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board have said a cockpit voice recorder revealed that crew members thought a tire blew out and tried to abort the takeoff. Associated Press

The Boss booked for the Bowl

Another Super Bowl, another rock 'n' roll superstar at halftime.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the 2009 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Sunday night.

Continuing a run of major talent that has lately included the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the biggest television event in the nation will showcase one of its most beloved rock 'n' roll artists. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium.


McCready goes behind bars today

Country singer Mindy McCready will surrender to authorities in Williamson County, Tenn., Tuesday to begin serving a 60-day sentence for violating her probation on a 2004 drug charge.

The 32-year-old singer was accused in June of falsifying her community service records and charged with violating her probation.



Author Elie Wiesel, 80. Actress Angie Dickinson, 77. Singer Johnny Mathis, 73. Actress Fran Drescher, 51. Actor Eric Stoltz, 47. Rock singer Trey Anastasio, 44. Actress Jenna Elfman, 37. Actress Marion Cotillard, 33. Tennis player Martina Hingis, 28. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, 27. Actress Lacey Chabert, 26. Actor Kieran Culkin, 26. Singer-rapper T-Pain, 24.

This day in history Sept. 30

1955: Actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.

1962: Black student James Meredith was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day.