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MUSIC NOTES: Madonna Getting Married Again?

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Two kids, numerous public love affairs and one giant diamond "friendship" ring later, Madonna is about to walk down the aisle again.

That's what the gossip gurus at US Weekly are reporting in this week's magazine, due out Friday. And although the Queen of Music’s publicist is denying the reports, the magazine is reporting that the wedding invitations for Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie have already gone out. The grand day is scheduled for sometime in December at a Scottish castle.

Hmmm. Will Dennis Rodman be invited?

OOPS!…SHE’S DOING IT AGAIN: Teen pop queen Britney Spears is stealing the show again, this time as host of the American Music Awards, Reuters reports. Spears, who turns 19 next month, will be the show's youngest host since pop singer Debbie Gibson shared hosting duties with Kenny Rogers, Anita Baker and Rod Stewart in 1989. The show, now in its 28th year, will take place Jan. 8 at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. Nominations are scheduled to be announced Nov. 13.

LIMP IS STRONG: The people have spoken. Rock fans prefer a healthy diet of "Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog-Flavored Water" over "Greatest Hits." Limp Bizkit's third studio release held its No. 1 spot as the top-selling album for the second consecutive week on The Billboard 200, beating out Lenny Kravitz's greatest hits compilation. "Chocolate Starfish" sold nearly 393,000 copies, according to SoundScan, already adding to the one million units it sold last week. Kravitz's "Hits" debuted at No. 2 with 162,000 copies sold.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: It's never too late to get on the Web. Thirty years after the Beatles split up, the band is launching its first official Web site next month, Reuters reports. The site, thebeatles.com, is scheduled to go live Nov. 13 to coincide with the release of "1," the bands newest collection featuring all 27 of the Fab Four's No. 1 hits. The site's content will mostly concentrate on "1" at first, with more items to be added on later. The band's surviving members, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, as well as John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, all contributed to the site.

THIRD EYE BLIND LAWSUIT: This musician isn't about to turn a deaf ear to Third Eye Blind. Guitarist Kevin Cadogan is suing his former band, saying he was cheated out of 50 percent ownership of the band promised him back in 1993. However, the lawsuit says all shares went to Third Eye Blind founder Stephan Jenkins, The Associated Press reports. Cadogan, who was kicked out of the band in January, says he co-wrote 14 songs on each of the band's two platinum-selling albums.

BUFFET’S BUFFET: From the concert stage to the greasy grill, Jimmy Buffet is moving into the burger business. The singer is working on opening an island-themed eatery based on one of his famous songs, "Cheeseburger in Paradise," AP reports. Buffet already has one restaurant chain with the name of another hit song, "Margaritaville." He's also opening two Krispy Kreme doughnut shops in Palm Beach (Fla.) County.

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