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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Aaliyah's single tops British charts

LONDON -- R&B singer Aaliyah has topped the British charts with a single released as a memorial after her death in a plane crash last summer.

Aaliyah's "More Than a Woman" edged out "Addicted to Bass" by Puretone to gain the No. 1 spot.

But the song's reign was being challenged Tuesday by brisk sales for another posthumous single, George Harrison's re-released "My Sweet Lord." Harrison, 58, died of cancer on Nov. 29.

Before her death, Aaliyah's previous best British chart position was No. 5 with "Try Again" in July 2000.

The 22-year-old singer -- whose full name was Aaliyah Haughton -- was one of nine people killed when the twin-engine Cessna in which she was flying crashed after takeoff Aug. 25 while returning to Florida from the Bahamas.

The singer's self-titled debut album was released in July.

'N Sync singer looks like '70s Elton John

NEW YORK -- If his 'N Sync gig ever dries up, Justin Timberlake could always get a job as an Elton John impersonator.

The pop music heartthrob looks uncannily like the Grammy-winning singer did in the 1970s in John's new video, "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," complete with the oversized glasses, receding hairline and gaudy clothes.

Even John was surprised at how much the 'N Sync singer favored him.

"I was so knocked out with this video and so amazed with Justin's performance because he'd obviously done his homework. It was incredible," said John.

"When he's walking along the corridor with the scarf and he plays the fake, imaginary piano -- it's strange because that was the '70s for me and he got it. It's so bizarre ... it freaks me out."

This is the second video from John's album, "Songs from the West Coast," in which the singer doesn't appear.

Gennifer Flowers sings, draws on fame at club

NEW ORLEANS -- While President Bush dined at Antoine's in the French Quarter on Monday night, Gennifer Flowers, who once had an affair with Bush's White House predecessor, Bill Clinton, was trying to lure customers in to see her nightclub singing act across the street.

Flowers and her husband, Finis Shellnut, opened a nightclub called Gennifer Flowers Kelsto Club, in late November. The name pays homage both to a president's ex-girlfriend and to the original Kelsto Club, which operated at the St. Louis Street spot between World War I and World War II.

The club has a casual setting, no cover charge and no schedules. Flowers sings when she feels like it and she and Shellnut sit at the bar most nights, greeting customers.

In a recent interview with The Times-Picayune, Flowers said she has no problem if customers are attracted to the club because of her recent fame across tabloid pages.

"If that's why people want to come here, that's fine with me. Since when did opportunism become a bad word? I do have fame, but what is fame without dignity? It's been very frustrating for me over the years and I've dealt with a lot of heartache because this has been my business since I was 11 -- singing -- and it's a God-given talent.

"And if you want to come see me because you're curious, that's fine, but when you leave you will say, 'That girl can sing.'"

-- From wire reports

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