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MUCH BLING FOR P. DIDDY

We Invented the Remix — the latest album from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, co-starring collaborators like Mary J. Blige and Ashanti — topped the charts with 256,000 copies last week. Rapper Cam'ron's Come Home with Me sold 226,000 (No. 2) and Weezer's Maladroit moved 152,000 units (No. 3). And hey, Eminem: You say "nobody listens" to Moby's techno? Then why did the chrome-domed DJ's 18 sell 126,000 discs in its first week? Touché, baby. read more

IN OTHER SAD ANT NEWS...

Brawlin' British pop-star Adam Ant (n&#233 Stuart Goddard) has been released on bail until July, Reuters reports. At that time, he'll face trial for allegedly assaulting a man in a pub, menacing folks with a fake gun and smashing a window with, um, car-engine parts. Ant has denied guilt on all charges. read more

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR LANCE

Still eager to make his TV special in space, 'N Sync's Lance Bass is vying for the next seat on a Russian spacecraft. According to The Associated Press, the boy-band cutie currently is in Moscow undergoing medical tests to determine his fitness for space travel. If he's greenlit, Bass will blast off to the International Space Station in October. read more

SHORT CUTS

Winona Ryder's preliminary hearing for the shoplifting charge against her has been delayed yet again, according to The Associated Press... Joe Cobb, best known as Joe from the Our Gang films, died Tuesday at the age of 85. read more

LET FREEDOM SING

The big winners at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards sang the praises of America. Alan Jackson, who took home three awards, was honored with song of the year for his Sept. 11-inspired ballad "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)." The duo of Brooks &#038 Dunn tied Jackson with three awards, including entertainer of the year and top country video for their patriotic song, "Only in America." Martina McBride grabbed the top female vocalist prize, and the soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? snagged album of the year. In one of the more unpatriotic moments of the evening, rapper Kid Rock uttered the phrase "Wassup b---h" during a duet of "The F-Word" with Hank Williams Jr. read more

ROCKERS IN CAR WRECK

Hard-rock foursome Alien Ant Farm were injured in Spain yesterday when their car rear-ended a truck, The Associated Press reports. Things look good for the band and other entourage members who were hospitalized, but their chauffeur was killed at the crash scene. read more

FRIENDS IN DEED

The producers of the NBC series Friends are offering a walk-on role at a June 3 charity auction to benefit the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, reports The Associated Press. Also up for grabs are a ride in the Goodyear blimp, a romantic dinner prepared by Bill Cosby's personal chef and the original shower curtain from Psycho, autographed by Janet Leigh. read more

SPEAKING OF SEAN...

P. Diddy's take on ex-lover J.Lo proves there's no bad blood between the initialed ones — and hints that a musical collaboration may be forthcoming. "That's my home girl — we're friends," the hip-hopper tells tonight's Access Hollywood. "We just used to go out back in the day; it's that simple. You know, we're going to always work together, we're going to always be cool. She called me and congratulated me on being number one." read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Magician David Blaine ended his most recent stunt in Bryant Park in New York City Wednesday night by leaping off a 80-foot-high pillar into a pile of cardboard boxes. The performer, who previously buried himself alive and entombed himself in a block of ice for days, stood atop the platform for 35 hours before jumping. read more

Colin Firth Sings in Earnest


Attempting to woo his beloved in The Importance of Being Earnest — opening Friday — Colin Firth's character serenades her. Of course, we're dying to know: Was the handsome Brit crooning with his own voice in the film?

"I'm very flattered that you even ask [if it was me]," Firth tells TV Guide Online. "If they got a professional voice in [instead], it would have sounded a lot better than that.

"I didn't really prepare very much except in my bedroom once or twice," the 41-year-old adds. "It was a fairly unprepared thing, but I think that was the spirit that was required. I was rather hoping it would all be dubbed!"

Firth has a very different opinion when it comes to the vocal performance of co-star Reese Witherspoon — whose part calls for her to utter read more

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