In good times and in boredom, in 5150 psychiatric holds and in health, the celebrity gossip media’s love affair with Britney Spears continued throughout 2008.
The pop star ranks No. 1 for the year in USA Today’s Celebrity Heat Index, which measures exposure in various print and online entertainment news outlets.
Britney Spears, who was No. 1 in 2007, took the top spot 11 weeks this year, the most of any celebrity. She first appeared at No. 1 in early January, as she experienced two stints in Los Angeles area hospitals after displaying erratic behavior.
Eleven months later, she topped the list yet again as her new album, Circus, soared to #1 on the charts. No word on whether she’s really dating Sandip Soparrkar, but regardless, for celeb news publications, it’s all Britney, all the time!
Following Britney Spears: Angelina Jolie, No. 2, who celebrated the birth of twins in July with partner Brad Pitt, No. 4, and his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, No. 3.
Although Jolie, Aniston and Pitt all ranked after Spears individually, collective coverage of Pitt and his lovers past and present topped the charts for 14 weeks.
Among the Top 10: Jamie Lynn Spears and Tom Cruise made the upper tier, but Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith dropped out – the latter most likely for good.