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Jive Talkin'

In other music news, Marilyn Manson's JFK video proves controversial

'N Sync have already decided what to call their next album: ''No Strings Attached.'' Ah, if only it were that simple. The group's management recently announced the teen-pop heartthrobs were leaving RCA to sign with Jive. But a spokesperson for BMG Entertainment, which distributes RCA, intimates that the boys won't get away without a fight, saying '''N Sync is a BMG act, and we will protect our interests vigorously.'' 'N Sync manager Johnny Wright seemed oddly flip: ''Right now, it's just lawyers talking back and forth. We're not so much concerned with the legal aspects [of the label switch] 'cause that'll be worked out.'' At press time, no lawsuit had been filed.

Meanwhile, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson is stirring up some controversy. His latest video, ''Coma White,'' includes scenes in which Manson and his girlfriend, Rose McGowan, reenact the JFK assassination. ''Coma White'' made its MTV debut Sept. 13. In a statement, Manson called the clip ''a tribute to men like Jesus Christ and JFK.'' Lofty intentions aside, some find the clip offensive. Mark Gillis, who runs the JFK Memorial Page website, calls it ''profoundly disturbing.'' A less disturbed MTV says, ''We think [Manson's] official statement... clearly defined the intent of the video.''

(With reporting by Rob Brunner)

Originally posted Sep 27, 1999