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NEWSMAKERS: 'N Sync in Sync

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

How much allowance are kids getting these days, anyway? 'N Sync "No Strings Attached," the just-released sophomore album from teeny-bopper faves 'N Sync, has become the first album to sell more than 1 million copies in a single day, label estimates show.

But, wait -- there's more. By the time the new album charts come out next week, it's estimated that "No Strings" will be pushing the 4.2 million mark -- blowing away the old sales-week record set by (who else?) teeny-bopper faves the Backstreet Boys. The Boys' mark, established just last year, now seems relatively puny by comparison -- a mere 1.13 million units moved in one week for its "Millennium" release.

Up next for 'N Sync: Sunday's Oscars. Look for the boy-banders during the medley of the Best Song nominees.

ROCKED AND ROLLED: "Loser" Beck, 29, was bruised but otherwise unhurt after taking a nasty fall onto the neck of his bass guitar during a concert Thursday at London's Wembley Arena. The singer/songwriter was taken to the hospital, but it's said the show will go on tonight.

WHO IS "SEEKING UNSPECIFIED DAMAGES"? "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, 59, has been slapped with a lawsuit by a 31-year-old airline security worker who claims the game-show guru slammed her hand with a metal bar on a luggage conveyor belt last year at Los Angeles International Airport.

THEY BOUGHT THAT? Today in London, the ex-drummer of 1970s-era bubble-gum act the Bay City Rollers ("Saturday Night") was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for copping a plea to kiddie-porn charges. Derek Longmuir, 48, told the court that while, yes, he did have a bunch of blue videos, photos and films at his house, they weren't his - they belonged to a friend.

THANKS FOR SHARING: Best Actor nominee Russell Crowe ("The Insider") is not Jodie Foster's hand-picked choice to father her second child, the thesp tells Entertainment Weekly, shooting down a tabloid report. "I just happen to really respect her and think she's a magnificent talent," Crowe says of his Golden Globes date. Foster, by the way, will not repeat as Crowe's Oscar night date. Crowe says she plans to sit half-naked in bed eating Chinese food instead.

MORE AWARDS! Freddie Prinze Jr. ("She's All That") is among the nominees for the ALMA Awards, honoring Latino performers. Look for the shiny paperweights to be handed out April 16 in Pasadena, Calif.

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