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Declaration of Dependence

Plus, Backstreet Boys hit double platinum, 'N Sync hype their next album, Guns N' Roses to perform on New Year's, and more

NUPTIALS It's true! Gossip columnists throughout the world are weeping tears of righteous joy. The Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland issued a proclamation stating that Madonna will wed Guy Ritchie in house on Dec. 22. Rumors of the Material Mom's intended Highlands wedding surfaced about two months ago. The couple initially denied their nuptial plans, saying that they were merely investigating the Scottish locale as a possible family getaway. Cathedrals in Scotland are required to publish proclamations of all weddings -- Madge and Ritchie's included. We'll be sure to keep you posted about every possible rumor related to the event.

CHARTS ''Black & Blue'' is officially double platinum. The Backstreet Boys may not have been able to beat 'N Sync's first week sales. But they have managed to stay on top of the charts for the third week in a row, selling another 689,578 copies of their latest LP, and sailing past the 2 million mark. Meanwhile, the Beatles' 27 song collection of hits, ''1,'' remains at No. 2, selling another 607,000 copies in the United States. (The low priced greatest hits album has sold a whopping 12 million worldwide.) Another hit compendium, ''Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 5'' remained at No. 3, moving 376,000 more units. The biggest newcomer to the top five this week was Creed's ''Human Clay,'' which leaped from the No. 13 spot to No. 4, with an additional 225,000 sold. It must be on a lot of teen Christmas lists, because the album came out almost a year ago. Tim McGraw's ''Greatest Hits'' was bumped to the No. 5 position, moving another 216,000 units.

MUSIC NEWS 'N Sync is heading back into a Florida studio in January to begin work on the follow up to ''No Strings Attached.'' Justin Timberlake said Tuesday night at the Billboard Music Awards that the group is planning to reteam with ''No Strings'' producers She'kspere (''It Makes Me Ill'') and Richard Marx (''This I Promise You''). ''Just being in the studio with Richard Marx was such a cool feeling, 'cause he's someone I listened to when I was younger and looked up to,'' gushed member Joey Fatone.... Guns N' Roses are planning their first live performance in seven years. They will appear at Las Vegas' House of Blues on New Year's Eve -- and they are expected to debut new songs from their upcoming LP ''Chinese Democracy'' during the show. Tickets cost between $150 and $250, and are available via ArtistDirect. The band is expected to hit the stage at about 1 a.m., following a set by the Goo Goo Dolls. It's sort of a multigenerational has been battle of the bands.

AWARDS The Marquis de Sade flick ''Quills'' won the first big film award of the season. The National Board of Review named the Geoffrey Rush/ Joaquin Phoenix/ Kate Winslet starrer the best film of the year. The best actress award went to Julia Roberts for ''Erin Brockovich,'' while Javier Bardem was named best actor for ''Before Night Falls,'' a film based on the memoirs of Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas.

NIXED The USA Network has nixed an upcoming original movie about product tampering titled ''Who Killed Sue Snow?'', ostensibly because the material was too dangerous. Five days before filming was set to begin, a network rep said that the production would be canceled because the ''USA Network and its advertisers agreed that it would be in the public's best interest to stop production of this movie.'' The film, starring Katey Sagal, was a drama about the 1986 deaths of two people who ingested Excedrin laced with cyanide. It seems USA's advertisers feared that the movie would teach viewers how to tamper with their products. But never fear: The advertisers have assured the net that their upcoming feature about stalking has their utmost support.

Originally posted Dec 07, 2000